The order follows Directional Aviation’s purchase of helicopter operators Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) and Halo Aviation, Ltd., both being rebranded as Halo
Flexjet and Sentient Jet customers could see benefits from Directional’s vertical strategy by the Fall
This morning, Directional Aviation’s OneSky Flight unit said it had ordered 200 eVTOLs from Embraer-backed Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions. It continues a longstanding partnership with the Brazilian OEM. Flexjet uses the Phenom 300 as its light jet option. It has made the Praetor 500 and 600 the core of its midsize and super-midsize fleet.
Move over Acela and airline shuttles, Fly Lindy will offer a by-the-seat helicopter service connecting Washington D.C. to Baltimore and New York City
Private jet charter and jet card operator GrandView Aviation is launching a by-the-seat helicopter shuttle service linking Washington D.C. to Baltimore/College Park (CGS) and the Downtown Manhattan/Wall Street Heliport (KJRB). The service will operate under the banner Fly Lindy.
The S-76 helicopter family includes the S-76A, S-76A Utility, S-76A+, S-76A++, S-76A Mk II, S-76B, S-76C, S-76C+, S-76C++, and S-76D
Sikorsky S-76 specs, including current pricing, manufacturing dates, cabin size and passenger capacity, range, speed, baggage space, fractional ownership, and jet card options
Famous S-76 helicopter owners include Queen Elizabeth and Former President Donald Trump
Sikorsky S-76 Facts
Helicopters are set to play a bigger role in private aviation. OneSky Flight, Directional Aviation’s company that houses Flexjet, Sentient Jet, FXAir, PrivateFly, recently bought operator Associated Aircraft Group. It sells jet cards and fractional ownership in the Northeast. Boston-based broker Magellan Jets has been selling rotorcraft jet cards since 2018. Blade recently opened Chicago and plans to go public via a SPAC.
The most popular helicopter is the Sikorsky S-76, with over 500 currently flying, according to Amstat. Since 1977, more than 875 S-76 aircraft have been delivered. More than 178 customers operate S-76 helicopters in a Corporate or VIP role. Ten countries rely on the S-76 for Head of State missions.
Famous S-76 owners include Queen Elizabeth and 45th U.S. President Donald Trump. While the S-76 has a high track record of safety, it was the aircraft type Kobe Bryant was flying when he perished in a 2020 crash.
The Sikorsky S-76D has been in productions since 2013. The original was delivered in 1977.
S-76 Related Models
Sikorsky S-76A, S-76A Utility, S-76A+, S-76A++, S-76A Mk II, S-76B, S-76C, S-76C+, S-76C++, and S-76D
S-76 Fleet Size
As of February 2021, Amstat reports:
Sikorsky 76-D…72 in fleet
Sikorsky 76-C…53 in fleet
Sikorsky S-76-C+ …123 in fleet
Sikorsky S-76C++…213 in fleet
Sikorsky S-76B…82 in fleet
Sikorsky S-76A…104 in fleet
Sikorsky S-76A+…34 in fleet
Sikorsky S-76A++…51 in fleet
Sikorsky S-76D Cabin Size and Passengers
Height: 5 feet
Width: 6 feet
Seating Capacity: 4 to 10
375 nautical miles
Cruise Speed: 180 mph
38 cubic feet
Fractional Ownership – Yes
Dedicated Jet Card – Yes
S-76D New Pricing
A new S-76D is approximately $15 million
S-76 Used Pricing
Controller lists 17 used S-76 helicopters for sale. A 1989 S-76B with 6,261 hours is listed at $995,000. A 2014 S-76D with 14 hours is priced at $6.5 million. An S-76B owned by former President Donald Trump is listed as for sale, call for price.
Island Express Helicopters and Jem Air Holdings received $603,838 and $158,775, respectively, from the Treasury Department
Island Express Helicopters, the operator of the charter S-76 helicopter flight that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others, including the pilot, on Jan. 26, 2020, received $603,838 in funding as part of the CARES Act, according to a list published over the weekend by the Department of the Treasury.