The Sikorsky S-92 fleet has surpassed two million flight hours, a milestone that comes just six years after the fleet posted its first million flight hours. Sikorsky has delivered 300 S-92s to operators in 28 countries since 2004, with approximately 86 percent flying in the offshore oil and gas industry for personnel transport.
In addition, the type has completed more than 91,000 civil search-and-rescue missions, as well as being used for commercial airline transport, executive transport, coastal and border patrol, emergency response, and disaster relief. The S-92 is flown by 13 nations for head-of-state missions, and the aircraft is the baseline for the VH-92A helicopter for the new U.S. presidential helicopter fleet.
Overall, the fleet has a 93 percent availability rate, according to the OEM. Sikorsky said its predictive maintenance capabilities allow it to capture and analyze data to identify maintenance drivers and helps to improve readiness and reduce costs. Sikorsky combines data sets, analytics, machine learning, and prognostic algorithms to equip them with the information and parts they need for timely maintenance.
“The two million flight hours milestone is a testament to the reliability, availability, and cost-effectiveness of the S-92 in some of the world’s most demanding conditions and no-fail missions,” said Leon Silva, Sikorsky’s interim v-p of global commercial and military systems.