Transport Canada has certified Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW210S engine, which will be installed in Sikorsky Aircraft’s new S-76D helicopter.

The PW210S features include dual-channel full-authority digital engine controls, diagnostics capability, including automatic fractional cycle counting, automated power assurance, unmatched operating economics and rugged design.

Sikorsky’s S-76D helicopter’s test flight programme, which started in February 2009, is continuing, with helicopter certification scheduled for 2012.

The S-76D helicopter will be suitable for civil missions including executive transport, offshore oil, emergency medical services and a multimission role, the company said.

Delivery of the first aircraft is slated by 2012.