The Sikorsky S76 Spirit of the US-American manufacturer Sikorsky is a medium-sized multi-purpose helicopter. It is driven by two gas engines and is equipped with a four-blade main and a four-blade tail rotor as well as retractable landing gear


Sikorsky started the development of the helicopter in the mid-1970s. The target group were companies searching for a medium-sized business helicopter as well as the oil-drilling industry. In 1982, the S76-A gained several class records in climb performance, maximum speed and ceiling. After the S76-A, the S76-B achieved the speed world record in its class with a peak velocity of 350 km/h in 1987.

Until December 2005, the series S76-C+ equipped with Turboméca Arriel 2S1 engines and DECU (digital engine control) was produced. Active noise and vibration absorbers are used to increase comfort.  Admitted since 2006, the S76-C++ is equipped with more powerful Turboméca Arriel 2S2 engines, suction filter, improved and less noisy gear as well as detail changes regarding interior and electronics.

On 1st May 2011, the Guiness world record in banner towing was established at the Nürburgring. A Sikorsky S76-A++ of HeliJet Charter towed a 5.000 m²-sized, 1.3 t heavy banner.