Sikorsky’s S-92 helicopter fleet recently achieved its 2-million flight hour milestone, almost 24 years since its maiden flight.

S-92 has played a pivotal role in search and rescue (SAR) operations, completing over 91,000 SAR missions. It has also served as a dependable mode of transportation for personnel in the offshore oil and gas industry and a secure carrier for VIP missions. So far, the sophisticated helicopter for head of state missions by 13 countries, including the United States.

“The 2 million flight hours milestone is a testament to the reliability, availability, and cost-effectiveness of the S-92 helicopter in some of the world’s most demanding conditions and no-fail missions,” said Leon Silva in a statement released last Tuesday. Silva is Sikorsky’s interim vice president of Global Commercial and Military Systems.

“Sikorsky is committed to supporting these critical missions with continued innovation to ensure operators can respond safely and with confidence, in any scenario,” she added.

Sikorsky S-92
Sikorsky’s S-92 in action. (Image source: Lockheed Martin)

The cabin of the S-92 is 20 feet long (6.10 m), 6.6 feet wide (2.01 m), and six feet high (1.83 m), allowing passengers and crew to stand and move comfortably. As a SAR chopper, the S-92 can be equipped with single or dual rescue hoists, each of which can carry up to 272 kg and is electrically powered and controlled, with 290 feet (88.4 m) of usable cable and a spotlight. Additionally, the aircraft has “a superior SAR display that provides pilots with search patterns for multi-function displays.”

It also has a rear ramp that is about 2.13 meters wide for quick and easy cargo loading and offloading, which provides additional stowage space.

The S-92 is outfitted with an advanced rotor system and twin turboshaft engines with 5,000+ installed horsepower, making it dependable even in the harshest conditions.

Sikorsky is a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest aerospace, military support, security, and technology companies.