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TC certifies Sikorsky S-92 rig approach
April 17, 2015 By Sikorsky Aircraft
April 17, 2015, Stratford, Conn. - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has announced the certification by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) of its Rig Approach for the S-92 helicopter.
Rig Approach is a first of its kind
functionality on the S-92 helicopter that provides helicopter operators
with an automated approach to offshore rigs and platforms. Rig Approach
is available as an option on the S-92 helicopter, providing a fully
coupled and automated approach capability with a higher safety margin
than currently is available with any other offshore approach procedure.
The feature can be retrofitted to aircraft already in operation.
developed Rig Approach in close collaboration with PHI, Inc., an
important Sikorsky customer that operates S-92 and S-76 helicopters in
the Gulf of Mexico,
providing transportation to offshore oil workers to and from the
platforms there. PHI Inc. flew the first operational Rig Approach flight
in November 2013.
cockpit workload is a key safety feature that benefits the pilots and
passengers, especially under challenging weather and operating
conditions," said Audrey Brady,
Director, S-92 Programs, Sikorsky Commercial Systems & Services.
"With the Transport Canada certification of Rig Approach, we are excited
about supplying our Canadian customers with this very
important functionality to help improve safety in operations."
has delivered more than 240 S-92 helicopters to customers throughout
the world. In 2014, Sikorsky celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the
S-92 helicopter, which was first delivered in 2004. The fleet has
reached more than 800,000 flight hours, with over 90 percent of those
hours providing offshore oil and gas worker transportation. S-92
helicopters also perform search and rescue missions, heads of state
missions, and a variety of transportation missions for utility and