Lockheed S-70M Black Hawk Helicopter Receives FAA Airworthiness Certification

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Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky division has received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Restricted Category Special Airworthiness Certificate for its S-70M Black Hawk helicopter.

“With type certification, the new production S-70M Black Hawk helicopters in the latest configuration are available for the first time in the US commercial / civilian market,” said Jason Lambert, vice president of Sikorsky Global Commercial & Military. Systems. “Internationally, where the restricted FAA category is not widely accepted, we can now discuss with other civil aviation authorities the potential of validating the aircraft to challenge civilian operations in the airspace of their countries. “

Lockheed expects the certification to expand the military-designed helicopter market by allowing domestic civil and commercial operators to purchase the new Black Hawk aircraft factory directly.

Officials say the FAA certified the S-70M aircraft to Part 21 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations in the restricted category, based on the certification of the Black Hawk UH-60M helicopter from the United States. US Army.

“As a Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk Authorized Training Partner, FlightSafety sees how important the S-70M will be to the global helicopter market,” said David Harper, director of the FlightSafety Learning Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. “We have invested heavily to develop a brand new S-70M pilot training program with advanced tutorials and upgrade our flight simulator to a full motion D-level capability. “

Harper said efforts had started working with the FAA to get Part 142 approval for a training course.

“FlightSafety is delighted that pilots requiring an initial S-70M type rating or an airline pilot upgrade will soon be able to achieve those ratings at our West Palm Beach facility,” he said.

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