Sikorsky S-92 fleet reaches milestone
Feb. 23, 2010, Houston, Texas - Sikorsky Aircraft’s S-92 helicopter fleet recently passed 200,000 total flight hours, the company announced Sunday at the Heli-Expo exhibition.
By Carey Fredericks
The first production S-92 helicopter was delivered in late 2004. There are now 105 S-92 helicopters in operation in 21 countries around the world. Helicopters in demanding operations can average more than 150 hours per month, and several operators are flying 40,000 hours per year or more on their S-92 helicopter fleets. More than a dozen of the aircraft in the worldwide fleet have flown more than 5,000 flight hours to each, to date, and the highest time S-92 helicopter has amassed 8,100 hours.
As the S-92 helicopter fleet grows and the product line matures, Sikorsky is continuing to invest to bring new capabilities and advanced technologies onto the platform.
“We have made some important improvements to this aircraft and look forward to celebrating continued milestones for the S-92 helicopter fleet with our customers,” said Shane Eddy, Vice President, Commercial Programs.
The S-92 helicopter was the first helicopter in its class certified to the latest and most stringent FAA/JAA standards, and remains the only aircraft in its class to meet those standards without exception or waiver. The aircraft perform a variety of missions including search and rescue off the U.K. coast, offshore oil transport in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, and Head of State transport for the leaders of several nations.