VIH Aviation Group becomes Sikorsky’s first S-92A+ kit launch customer

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, announced that it has signed an agreement with VIH Aviation Group for four S-92A+ upgrade kits. VIH Aviation Group Ltd., and its operating company Cougar Helicopters Inc., have been a leading S-92 helicopter customer in Canada since 2004 and now, the first S-92A+ kit customer.

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Sikorsky anticipates the S-92A+ kit will be delivered by 2023 and the S-92B helicopter in 2025. Sikorsky Photo
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The S-92A+ upgrade kits feature the Phase IV Main Gear Box, validated to exceed CFR 29.927(c) requirements as demonstrated in full-scale testing. In the event of a loss of primary lubrication system oil pressure, the gear box has demonstrated the ability to provide return to base capability for a range of more than 400 nautical miles.

The S-92A+ upgrade kit also includes an increase to 27,700 lb. max gross weight with LifePlus improving component retirement times.

“The S-92A+ and S-92B programs demonstrate Lockheed Martin’s commitment to the commercial business and to our customers,” said Sikorsky Commercial Systems and Services vice-president Audrey Brady. “This program will enhance safety and lower operating costs, and we are honoured to work with VIH as our launch customer for this program.”

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“VIH Aviation Group Ltd. is pleased to be the lead customer for the Sikorsky S-92A+ kit,” said Ken Norie, president and owner of VIH Aviation Group Ltd. “This kit will improve our S-92 fleet’s performance and capacity and enables VIHAG companies to continue providing our customers industry-leading, all-weather and deep-water offshore SAR, medevac and passenger transportation.”

The S-92A+ upgrade kit and new production S-92B aircraft will share new technologies while providing enhanced reliability and improving economics to fleet operators. Sikorsky anticipates the S-92A+ kit will be delivered by 2023 and the S-92B helicopter in 2025.

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