Sikorsky unveiled yesterday at Heli-Expo the first S-92 helicopter dedicated to Search and Rescue at the world’s largest helicopter gathering. The new aircraft is entering service for the United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency in 2007. The SAR configuration includes two internal auxiliary fuel tanks of 210 gallons each.
Additional options include an Automatic Flight Control System with auto-hover capability, FLIR, dual rescue hoist, full sliding-door with bubble window, cargo hook, search-light and loud hailer. The spacious cabin is designed to offer the utmost flexibility for installing a triple medical litter kit, one or two aux fuel tanks, folding utility seats and ample storage. It is the first of four SAR helicopters to be delivered to the MCA for use primarily in the Highlands and Islands of the UK. The helicopter is owned and operated by CHC Helicopter Corp.