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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:07 am    Post subject: S-92 helicopters for utility operations in Afghanistan Reply with quote

Sikorsky delivers first two S-92 helicopters for utility operations in Afghanistan
January 31, 2011

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has delivered two S-92 helicopters to airlift services provider AAR CORP., for operations in Afghanistan. AAR will perform passenger and cargo lift missions on behalf of the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), a government agency that provides transportation for the Department of Defense.

Both aircraft are certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to simultaneously carry both passengers and cargo in the same cabin space.

"Deployment to Afghanistan is a tremendous opportunity for AAR and the US Government to see what the multi-mission S-92 aircraft is capable of in some very challenging flight conditions at high altitude," said Ed Beyer, vice president for Sikorsky Global Helicopters. "The unique interior configuration of these two aircraft also will give AAR greater mission flexibility to perform its utility and transport missions."

The FAA certified an easily configurable interior with variable seating while carrying up to three 4 ft. sq.-sized cargo pallets secured to rings in the seat tracks and cabin walls to assure crashworthiness. For each pallet, Sikorsky developed a special fire containment cover to contain and suffocate flames, and added smoke detectors. To separate the passengers from cargo, Sikorsky designed a fabric partition, and added a fire extinguisher and Protective Breathing Equipment for passengers and crew.

AAR purchased the two S-92 aircraft following an October 2010 USTRANSCOM contract award valued at $450 million to provide up to five years of airlift service in Afghanistan. Both aircraft are expected to begin operations in Afghanistan during February 2011. AAR already operates 15 Sikorsky S-61N aircraft in various mission roles, including Afghanistan.

"We evaluated a number of alternatives before concluding that the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter was the best choice to meet the arduous demands of supporting tactical lift missions in remote and extremely harsh environments," said Jeff Schloesser, president of AAR's Airlift Group during an acceptance ceremony at Sikorsky Global Helicopter's facility in Coatesville, Pa., where the aircraft are manufactured. "The selection came down to choosing the aircraft that best fulfills the requirements and enables us to offer reliability, responsiveness and the best long-term business case for the military."

Sikorsky has delivered 129 S-92 helicopters since September 2004 to commercial customers in the oil and gas industry, search and rescue, VIP transport and utility sectors. During those six years, the worldwide S-92 aircraft fleet has accumulated 285,000 flight hours, a record for a commercial fleet of Sikorsky helicopters in a similar timeframe.

A military version of the S-92 airframe - the CH148 helicopter equipped for naval operations - is being designed and produced for the Canadian Government. Additionally, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin have proposed a variant to the US Navy for the next 'Marine One' helicopter fleet to transport the president of the United States.

The standard S-92 aircraft includes a spacious cockpit with excellent exterior visibility, a stand-up cabin for up to 19 passengers, modern avionics with large NVG-compatible displays, a crashworthy fuel system separated from the passenger compartment, and a rear ramp for loading passengers or cargo.

The S-92 was certified to FAA/EASA harmonized Part 29 requirements, as amended through Amendment 47. The S-92 remains the only aircraft to have been certified to this rigorous airworthiness standard without exception or waiver.

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AAR takes delivery of two new Sikorsky S-92 helicopters
February 02, 2011

AAR announced today that it has added two new Sikorsky S-92 helicopters to its fleet of 29 rotary-wing and 20 fixed-wing aircraft that the Company uses to provide airlift services for the US Government. The S-92 helicopters will be used to support a previously announced $450 million task order to provide super-heavy airlift services for USTRANSCOM in Afghanistan and are set to be deployed on-schedule in mid-February.

AAR Airlift serves as one of the nation’s largest providers of intra-theater airlift and has capabilities to support a wide range of defense, security and humanitarian relief operations. The delivery of these aircraft marks a major milestone for AAR Airlift as it expands and optimizes its fleet to support a broader range of Department of Defense airlift requirements and priorities. With the addition of the two S-92 aircraft, AAR’s fleet is more versatile and capable of providing support in all three airlift categories: medium, heavy and super-heavy.

“We evaluated a number of alternatives before concluding that the Sikorsky S-92 was the best choice to meet the arduous demands of super-heavy-lift missions in remote and extremely harsh environments,” said Jeff Schloesser, President of AAR’s Airlift Group, during a signing and acceptance ceremony at Sikorsky Global Helicopter’s facility in Coatesville, Pa. “The selection came down to choosing the aircraft that best fulfills the government’s requirements and enables us to offer reliability, responsiveness and the best long-term business case for the military.”

In addition to providing airlift services, AAR offers diverse products and services for fixed- and rotarywing aircraft and supplies composite interiors and components for the Sikorsky S-92 program. AAR also provides Sikorsky with interiors and fairings for a military variant of the S-92 and machined components for the H-60 helicopter.

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