SAR certification for the Sikorsky S-92A helicopter

Sikorsky S-92A

Lockheed Martin has announced that ANAC-Brazil, the country’s civil aviation authority, has approved the search and rescue (SAR) configuration for the Sikorsky S-92A helicopter.

The certification follows previous verification to a 27,700 lbs maximum gross weight load allowance in December 2018. This also followed on from certification of Sikorsky’s Rig Approach autopilot software feature in October 2014, which expands the range of capabilities of the S-92A helicopter to Brazil.

“For more than 47 years, Sikorsky helicopters have been the workhorses of the Brazilian offshore oil transport market, first with the S-58T in 1972, the S-76 and S-61 since 1979, and over the last 10 years with the larger, further-reaching S-92 heavy aircraft,’ said Adam Schierholz, Sikorsky’s Regional Executive for Latin America.

Lockheed Martin noted that eight Brazilian commercial operators currently fly a total of 90 Sikorsky aircraft throughout the country.