29-Jul-2010 Source: Sikorsky
Event: â€Project Fireflyâ€ Press Briefing
When: Thursday, July 29, 11:30 a.m. CDT
Where: Sikorsky Innovations Booth in the GE Learning Center at the EAA AirVenture exhibition on Wittman Road
Background: Chris VanBuiten, Director of Sikorsky Innovations, will introduce â€œProject Firefly,â€ an all-electric helicopter technology demonstrator. The demonstrator will be on static display at the booth, and there will be an opportunity for Q&A following the presentation.
Sikorsky Innovations is an agile, networked group of Sikorsky employees and industry teammates dedicated to demonstrating innovative technology solutions to the toughest problems in vertical flight. Sikorsky Innovations is pursuing a broad range of advanced technologies, including the X2 Technologyâ„¢ demonstrator, aware and adaptive aircraft systems, and optionally piloted aircraft.
The mission of Sikorsky Innovations is to develop and mature the technologies, products and processes that will redefine the future of vertical flight. The organization builds on Sikorskyâ€™s nearly 90 years of innovation and will increase the scope of previous efforts by expanding collaborative arrangements spanning government technology agencies, academic institutions, other UTC facilities, and entrepreneurial businesses where research and product development will take place in cooperation with Sikorskyâ€™s engineers and technicians.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation is a leading aviation company providing innovative solutions in the design, manufacture and service of military and commercial helicopters.
The company is headquartered in Stratford, Connecticut, and operates major facilities in other Connecticut locations as well as in Alabama, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin, and in Poland. Sikorsky also has joint ventures for manufacturing in Turkey, China, and India.The company employs approximately 17,000 people and is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX).