Sikorsky has transferred an S-76A helicopter maintenance trainer, valued at CAD1.3million, to the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies´ Aviation Learning Center, the company said.
The company said the non-flying, twin-engine helicopter with associated equipment and documentation serves as a learning tool for students pursuing a career in aviation maintenance. The maintenance trainer is an investment by Sikorsky to develop a new generation of skilled aircraft maintainers.
The transfer of the maintenance trainer fulfills a portion of Sikorsky´s industrial and regional benefits obligations for a fleet of 28 new CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters for the Royal Canadian Air Force. The S-76A helicopter was converted to a maintenance trainer after being withdrawn from active flight status in 2015 having performed 26,291 hours in flight, and 16,723 landings since 1980.
The Saskatchewan Aviation Learning Centre is a joint effort of SIIT, the Government of Canada, the Province of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Airport Authority.
Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, and serves as a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 98,000 people worldwide and is engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.