A PHI Sikorsky S-92A cruises over an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin
Sikorsky has received Transport Canada certification for the expanded gross weight capability option for new Sikorsky S-92 helicopters. The option increases the maximum take-off weight from 26,500 to 27,700 pounds, allowing operators to carry an additional 1,200 pounds of payload. This capability achieved FAA certification in 2015.
The FAA also recently completed certification of a modification to permit the operation of fielded S-92 helicopters at up to 27,700 pounds (12,564 kg). This approval enables operators in many countries to incorporate the modifications to conduct long-range missions with increased passenger or cargo loads.
Sikorsky expects to obtain EASA validation of these capabilities later this year.
The S-92 has more than 1.25 million fleet flight hours of service. In March 2018, monthly flight hours for the S-92 fleet reached nearly 16,000 for the first time ever. In the same month, the S-92 fleet logged nearly 14,000 hours in the energy sector alone. The S-92 helicopter performs a variety of missions, including offshore oil transportation, search and rescue, head of state and airline missions.