Sikorsky plans to demonstrate use of its fly-by-wire and autonomous flight technologies on a newly purchased S-76, according to Igor Cherepinsky, who leads these efforts in the company’s Innovations Div. The aircraft was purchased this year and is being modified in preparation for a series of flight tests. 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 ...

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