Building on a flawless
summer of S-92 flight demonstrations across Northern Europe,
Sikorsky Aircraft's helicopter chalet was the destination of choice
at the recent Helitech show, performing 26 sorties in five days in
an impressive display of showmanship for key and potential
customers spanning the VIP and offshore oil markets.
The aircraft remained aloft for more than 11 hours while
head-of-state entourages, the Irish Coast Guard, the Hong Kong
Government Flying Service and a Billboard rock star took turns
soaring over the U.K. town of Duxford in the 19-seat
"We maintained our schedule with near 100 percent availability
for the entire eight-week tour, allowing us to meet an extremely
aggressive demonstration program," said Steve Estill, Vice
President of Worldwide Sales.
"As a result, we are seeing emerging customer interest at every
Before settling in Duxford, Sikorsky customers from England to
Norway were able to experience firsthand the S-92's capabilities as
the helicopter took to the skies. The demonstration schedule kept
the aircraft flying seven days a week, up to five hours per day,
for a total of 97 overall flight hours. More than 1,000 passengers
were flown, including approximately 90 pilots and numerous media
Arriving from Antwerp, Belgium, the S-92 began its demonstration
tour in Stansted, England, where pre-Paris Air Show demos were
conducted for several U.K. customers. Following the Paris Air Show,
offshore oil operators Bristow and CHC-Scotia were given
demonstrations in Aberdeen, Scotland.
A trip across the North Sea brought the S-92 to the Norsk
facility in Bergen, Norway, where the aircraft was shown to
employees and customers. Other stops in Norway included the CHC
Helicopter Service facility in Stavanger, and the Norwegian
Ministry of Justice in Oslo. The Ministry has a requirement for SAR
aircraft, scheduled for tender early next year.
In Helsinki, Finland, the S-92 was demonstrated to Copterline
Helicopters, which currently uses Sikorsky S-76s in airline service
between Helsinki and Tallinn, Estonia. "The aircraft performed like
a dream," added Estill.
The S-92 demonstrator is heading back to US shores at the
moment, following a whirlwind eight-week mission abroad.