Sikorsky recognized Era Group Inc. on the 1st of February as the first operator to enter revenue service with a new production Sikorsky S-92® helicopter with Gross Weight Expansion (GWE). The event was conducted at the 2016 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show at Sikorsky’s booth where Era’s S-92 helicopter is on display. Sikorsky Aircraft is a Lockheed Martin company.
Era’s first Sikorsky S-92 helicopter with GWE entered into revenue service in the Gulf of Mexico in October 2015. The GWE increases the maximum take-off weight from 26,500 to 27,700 pounds. Era recently accepted delivery of its second S-92 helicopter with the GWE option, and now operates a fleet of nine Sikorsky aircraft.
“Our customers are greatly benefitting from the extra payload offered by this S-92 helicopter,” said Chris Bradshaw, President and Chief Executive Officer, Era Group, Inc. “The safety, reliability and performance of the S-92 helicopter makes it an optimal platform for those we serve.”
Sikorsky has delivered more than 275 S-92 helicopters to customers throughout the world. The fleet has flown more than 950,000 flight hours. S-92 helicopters perform a variety of missions including oil & gas worker transportation, search and rescue, and a variety of transportation missions for head of state, utility and airline passengers.