Wed, Jul 19, 2006
Also Celebrates 100th S-76 Airframe Delivered By Aero
At the 2006 Farnborough
International Air Show, Sikorsky Aircraft announced its S-92
helicopter continues to perform at an impressive operational tempo
with the fleet recently passing 20,000 total flight hours.
The first production S-92 aircraft was delivered in late 2004.
Twelve of the S-92s currently in service fly an estimated 130-160
hours per month; two of the aircraft have more than 2,200 flight
hours to date.
"The S-92 has become a popular choice for offshore oil
operators, who fly these aircraft in challenging conditions," said
Mick Maurer, Sikorsky vice president, commercial programs. "The
S-92 has proven itself to be a reliable, tough aircraft."
The S-92 is a multi-mission medium helicopter used in a variety
of roles including offshore oil, executive transport, search and
rescue, and airline. It is also the first helicopter in the
world certified to the latest US Federal Aviation Administration
and European Joint airworthiness safety standards.
Sikorsky also celebrated the 100th delivery of an S-76 airframe
from Aero Vodochody, during a ceremony Wednesday at Farnborough.
The milestone comes just after five years since Aero Vodochody
delivered the first S-76 airframe in January 2001 -- eight months
after signing the contract.
"Aero's quality and schedule performance have been superlative,"
said Eric Hansen, S-76 program manager for Sikorsky. "We look
forward to extending this partnership and the strength it provides
to the continued success of the S-76 program."
"Aero Vodochody takes pride in keeping pace with Sikorsky's
production requirements and will continue to deliver world-class
airframes that meet the highest standards for performance in a
timely fashion," said company president Petr Klimes.
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