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September 30, 2016
 

Sikorsky delivers Alaska’s first S-92® search, rescue helicopter

The Sikorsky S-92® helicopter will perform the critical mission of search and rescue (SAR) operations for all North Slope Borough residents. NSB is America’s northernmost municipal government, encompassing nearly 95,000 square miles across northern Alaska including eight communities and the Prudhoe Bay oil fields.

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company announced Sept. 29 that North Slope Borough, Alaska, received its first S-92® helicopter dedicated to search and rescue.

Acceptance of the aircraft occurred in a ceremony at Sikorsky’s commercial helicopter center here.

The helicopter will perform the critical mission of search and rescue operations for all NSB residents.

The aircraft was selected to provide a safe, efficient and reliable airborne response to aero medical evacuation (medevac), SAR and other emergencies. NSB is located above the Arctic Circle and experiences some of the harshest cold weather conditions in the world, with temperatures as low as -55 degrees C with the wind chill. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, NSB has a total area of 94,796 square miles of which 88,695 are land and 6,101 are water, thus the need for a long-range, all-weather capable aircraft.

“We are pleased that North Slope Borough residents have selected the S-92 helicopter to meet their critical missions in some of the harshest environments in the world,” said Sikorsky Vice President, Commercial Systems & Services Dana Fiatarone. “With more than 91,000 search and rescue missions completed to date globally, the S-92 helicopter is a proven multi-mission platform that can perform in long-range, all weather operations.” 

In its milestone year, the fleet of over 275 aircraft has surpassed more than one million flight hours since 2004. NSB’s selection of the S-92 helicopter adds to Sikorsky’s product line operating “on top of the world,” as NSB describes the region.

In addition to SAR, 11 nations currently fly the dual-engine, S-92 helicopter for their head of state missions. In May 2014, The U.S. Navy selected Sikorsky for the U.S. Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program, using the S-92 platform. S-92 helicopters also perform oil and gas transportation missions, and a variety of transportation missions for utility and airline passengers.




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