Sikorsky Aircraft delivered a new hands-on training aid to Canadore College’s aviation students with the transfer of a helicopter maintenance trainer.
The transfer ceremony was held in North Bay, May 1.
The S-76A was originally manufactured for offshore oil transportation and utility missions for a major oil company in Australia. It was retired from flying service and re-configured for use as a helicopter maintenance training aid. Its major systems are complete and fully functional for that purpose.
Sikorsky also contributed a DC power unit so the aircraft avionics can be turned on during training modules.
“Sikorsky is delighted that this aircraft’s life will continue as a maintenance trainer that will enhance the education of young aviation professionals,” said Carey Bond, Sikorsky Commercial Systems & Services president.
“As we mark our 40th anniversary, it is with the support and generosity of the aviation industry, as demonstrated by Sikorsky, that Canadore is able to graduate highly-skilled professionals sought by the marketplace here in Canada and around the globe,” said college president George Burton in a statement.