Siko­rsky he­li­copter model gets cer­ti­fied

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China’s Civil Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (CAAC) gave US-based Siko­rsky Air­craft Corp ap­proval to be­gin de­liv­er­ing its S-76D he­li­copter to China, a move that un­der­scores the grow­ing mar­ket for he­li­copters by Chi­nese com­pa­nies.

The Yun­nan Jincheng Group will be the first com­pany in China with Siko­rsky’s S-76D model, the air­craft com­pany said. It is ex­pected to be de­liv­ered to China this month.

The S-76D is the lat­est S-76 model to be val­i­dated by the CAAC. More than 30 Siko­rsky S-76 air­craft cur­rently op­er­ate in China.

There were 298 pri­vately owned he­li­copters in China in 2012, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est fig­ures from the Chi­nese Air­craft Registry, com­pared with 10,102 in the US that year, ac­cord­ing to the Federal Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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