And It WILL Get Used...
Sikorsky Helikopter has told Aero-News that Norsk Helicopter's
third Sikorsky S-92 entered into revenue service earlier this week
when it departed from Stavanger Airport, in Sola, Norway, on
Monday, January 2. The chopper joins a fleet of two other S-92s
that has accumulated 3,206 flight hours in less than a year.
In February 2005, Norsk became the first North Sea oil operator
to launch the S-92 into revenue service. Norsk’s third S-92
helicopter will be used under contract with BP Norge and Talisman
Energy Norge for employee transport missions to and from oil
platforms in the North Sea.
Norsk Helikopter's S-92 fleet has transported 66,100 passengers,
754 tons of baggage and 77 tons of freight, according to
"Sikorsky’s S-92 helicopter has capacity for 19
passengers, and represents substantial improvements as far as
comfort, range, and upgraded safety are concerened. BP is
pleased to have started up its operations with the S-92, with all
the advantages that this helicopter represents, initial passenger
feedback following the first flights has been very positive,"
said Mr. Jan Erik Geirmo, BP Norge AS' Senior Communications
As was reported in Aero-News,
it wasn't long ago that North Sea company celebrated another
milestone, significant in its own right: a fleet with over 1,000
Particularly useful to the offshore oil environment is the Rotor
Ice Protection System (RIPS) that comes standard on all S-92
helicopters. The system meets the Federal Aviation
Administration’s latest and most stringent all-weather flight
RIPS allows the S-92 to launch into known icing conditions that
might otherwise delay or cancel flight operations. The RIPS
determines the temperature and moisture content of the surrounding
environment, and applies heat to the main and tail rotor blades to
remove any ice buildup.