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Fri, Apr 17, 2015

Transport Canada Certifies Sikorsky S-92 Rig Approach

Provides Automated Approach Capability To Offshore Rigs And Platforms

Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) has certified Sikorsky's 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.
 
Sikorsky 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.

Reducing 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.

(Image from file)

FMI: www.sikorsky.com

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