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Rotorcraft Report: Fly-By-Wire S-92 Makes First Flight

By Staff Writer | February 1, 2008

PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES

The first H-92 to feature fly-by-wire technology has completed its first successful flight.

The first flight took place Dec. 20 at 0900 local from the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. The new fly-by-wire technology is designed to significantly improve aircraft maneuverability, safety and effectiveness.

Sikorsky has two development programs intended to use fly-by-wire technology, the X2 technology demonstrator, and the newest model of the Black Hawk, the UH-60M.

BAE Systems Aerospace Controls developed and manufactured the fly-by-wire flight control system for the S-92 and its military derivative, the H-92. The fly-by-wire system was designed to weigh far less than the conventional mechanical control systems used in most rotorcraft, decrease overall life-cycle operating and maintenance costs, and enhance safety, survivability, and mission effectiveness by reducing pilot workload.

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