Sikorsky plans to demonstrate its fly-by-wire and autonomous flight technologies on a newly purchased S-76, according to Igor Cherepinsky, who leads the effort in the company's Innovations Division. Cherepinsky says he hopes for first flight late this year or early in 2013. A date has yet to be set for an optionally piloted or unmanned flight; Cherepinsky says the program is event-driven, not “marketing-driven.” The aircraft will contain the company's latest fly-by-wire technology. It also ...

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