The Web page features graphic animations of an aircraft moving through the production process as well as facts and figures on Sikorsky products. It also focuses on the people and processes involved in producing a helicopter, and the star is none other than Sikorsky the BLACK HAWK.
"We developed this tool to get children excited about our industry and flight," said Susan Hitchcock, Sikorsky's Manager of Community Relations. "Our hope is to enhance the interest in how a helicopter is created and the types of jobs that are available in our industry."
The Web page was created through interviews with the many folks at Sikorsky who make possible the production of helicopters. It contains photographs of employees in action and features the development of a helicopter through test flight. This includes previews of Sikorsky's Research and Development work area, Design, Subassembly, Blade Assembly, Final Assembly and Flight Operations. In addition, the Web page features a quiz to test a student's knowledge about the parts, production and processes that go into making a helicopter.
The learning tool includes topics on the history of Sikorsky Aircraft and founder Igor Sikorsky, uses for helicopters, and important helicopter facts. To find out more, please visit http://www.sikorsky.com and click on the Building a Helicopter link.
The Web site was developed in cooperation with Mindi Rose Englart, author of Helicopters from Start to Finish, and Sikorsky Aircraft employees.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), of Hartford, Conn, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of advanced helicopters for commercial, industrial and military uses.