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July 31, 2008updated Feb 08, 2013

New Sikorsky S-76b Helicopter Brings Talon Air To New Heights

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

FARMINGDALE, NY– Talon Air, Inc., the privately owned, on-demand, luxury air charter and management company, today announces the latest addition to its young fleet – an impressive, twin-engine Sikorsky S-76B helicopter.

“As the Talon Air block customer base continues to grow, it is imperative that we maintain safer, more comfortable and time-efficient luxury flight experiences,” says Adam Katz, Talon Air founder, owner and active pilot. “With the addition of newer, younger aircraft, such as the Sikorsky S-76B, we can continue to unquestionably promise our clients will safely and comfortably arrive closer to their particular destination with few or no delays.”

The new Sikorsky S-76 is a twin-engine, single main rotor helicopter designed to provide premium comfort and privacy for up to six passengers and two pilots. Interior standard features include first-class leather seats with a 4.5-foot tall cabin to offer more headroom than typical helicopter aircraft. Special equipment allows for extended over-water flight, transportation of external cargo and hoist operations. The four-bladed, midsized helicopter is designed for use in a variety of roles incorporating high performance and long-range versatility.

The S-76B is powered by two Pratt and Whitney of Canada PT6B-36 engines, which extend the capabilities and advantages of the aircraft for operations requiring hot temperatures and high altitudes, or greater single-engine performance capabilities. These engines provide an increase of 491 shaft horsepower (dual-engine), 320 horsepower (minimum, single-engine), and a gross weight of 11,700 pounds (5,307 kg). The free turbine, turboshaft engine rates at 1,033 shaft horsepower.

A full-authority, dual-channel fuel control is provided in the S-76B. It consists of a fuel-metering unit (FMU) and two electronic engine control (EEC) units. The EEC units and harnesses are fully lightning protected. The control provides governing of the output speed and automatically limits torque speed. Torque or temperature equalizing is provided for dual-engine operation.

The heating and ventilation system consists of engine bleed-air valves, a blower, sound suppressor, cabin and cockpit ducting, temperature sensors and a cockpit heating and ventilation controls. Engine bleed air mixes without ambient air for cabin and cockpit heating at the desired flow and temperature selected by the pilot. Ventilation is accomplished by using a blower to direct outside air through the cabin and cockpit ducting. Flap valves in the cockpit canopy can be manually opened to provide additional ventilation using outside ram air.

Looking ahead, Adam Katz will continue to grow Talon Air, Inc. with the October launch of his brand new 2008 135-foot, 6-bedroom, 5-bath, Italian-style Serqué yacht. Combined with chauffeured ground transportation in the company’s own Escalades and Mercedes S550s, and an impressive fleet of 19 aircraft, Talon Air is furthering clients’ luxury travel experiences to land, air and sea. Additionally, Talon Air will expand along the east coast in early 2009 with new hangars opening in Opa-locka ,Florida and a second hangar adjacent to the original hanger in Farmingdale ,New York .

Talon Air is a privately owned, on-demand, luxury air charter and management company that owns and operates a late-model fleet consisting of 19 aircraft (each at the average age of 2 years), and offers unparalleled consistency in tail numbers and full-time pilots. With as little as an hour’s notice, clients can travel to any destination around the world in luxurious comfort with the security that they are flying with the leading award-winning crew in air safety. Talon Air is and will continue to be the most luxurious private air charter in the world, guaranteeing the safest, most efficient, cost-effective and pleasurable travel experience.

Talon Air is based at Republic Airport in Farmingdale New York and operates 19 aircraft with redesigned cabins and state-of-the art avionics. For additional information call 1-888-TALONAIR or visit

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