Keystone Helicopter, a subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., celebrated the Federal Aviation Administration´s award of a Production Certificate (PC) authorizing Keystone to manufacture S-76(R) commercial helicopters at its new state of the art Heliplex(TM) facility. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
Local and county officials joined representatives from the FAA, Keystone and Sikorsky executives, and company employees to celebrate the recently received approval, following submission of the application in March 2006. Production will begin almost immediately, with the first aircraft built under the PC slated for delivery before year-end.
Sikorsky expects to phase in S-76 helicopter production at Keystone starting with approximately 20 aircraft between now and the end of 2008, said Mick Maurer, Vice President, Operations, for Sikorsky. The transfer will have no effect on Connecticut employment levels. "We have more than enough work to go around," he said.