FAA Issues Certificate of Airworthiness for the First Type Certified S-70M Black Hawk Helicopter

Issue: 12-2021

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on December 07, 2021 that it has completed its certification of the S-70M Black Hawk helicopter — a new type designation — by issuing Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company a Restricted Category Special Airworthiness Certificate. FAA certification, and the establishment of a pilot type rating, are expected to broaden the market for the military-designed helicopter by allowing civil and commercial operators in the US to purchase new Black Hawk aircraft direct from the factory. California public utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) took delivery of the first S-70M Restricted Category aircraft on November 18. Flight safety was instrumental to the certification effort. S-70M is a third-generation Black Hawk helicopter featuring a digital cockpit, GE 701D engines, and wide chord rotor blades for increased levels of performance.