Will Be Manufacturer's First Night Vision-Capable Medevac
Sikorsky Aircraft announced this week the signing of a contract
to provide an S-76C++ helicopter to Boston MedFlight for air
medical critical care transports in the Northeast.
The new helicopter will be Sikorsky's first night vision-capable
S-76C++ air medical helicopter. The aircraft will be operated and
maintained by EraMed, LLC. It will replace an AS-365N2 Dauphin, and
is slated to be delivered in 2008.
"Boston MedFlight has an impressive record of service to the
citizens of the Northeast," said Jeanne Connor-Osborne, Sikorsky
Sales Manager. "We are proud that they have chosen the S-76(R)
helicopter to fulfill their lifesaving missions."
Boston MedFlight CEO, Suzanne Wedel, added: "We give every
investment at Boston MedFlight the most careful consideration, and
extensive research went into selecting the right aircraft to
maximize the effectiveness of our entire fleet of vehicles."
To date, more than 700 S-76 helicopters have been delivered,
serving a multi-mission role that includes offshore oil, VIP
including head of state, emergency medical transport, search and
rescue and civil defense.
The current production version is the S-76C++ helicopter, in
service since 2005. It features a glass cockpit, dual digital
autopilot, and the best combination of speed, range and operating
costs in its weight class.
Improvements on the S-76C++ helicopter over the S-76C+ aircraft
include Turbomeca Arriel 2S2 Engines, which provides a 5-to-6
percent increase in engine ratings, 350- to 450-pound increase in
Category A takeoff gross weight at sea level 90F, and a barrier
filter that provides superior protection against foreign object
damage (FOD) and contamination, resulting in longer time between
overhaul, fewer removals and lower costs.