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    EASA Certifies S-92 Systems Upgrades

    Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has announced the certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of enhanced functionality for the S-92 helicopter. The announcement was made at both the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibit (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, and at the ILA Berlin exhibition in Germany. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

    The newly certified software update to the Avionics Management System (AMS), version 8.0, provides display enhancements to existing functionality to support several important S-92 mission capabilities, including CAT A Takeoff, enhanced search and rescue patterns, and rig approach, a first of its kind functionality on the S-92 helicopter that provides operators with an automated approach to offshore rig and platform landings. The update also provides a growth path to game-changing new safety enhancements in the S-92 cockpit, such as fully integrated Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) II and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out.

    ADS-B Out is the next generation of air traffic control safety equipment. The functionality provides aircraft and air traffic controllers with real-time, satellite-based position and heading data, and will replace current radar-based systems. The system has been certified for the S-92 helicopter by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil and now the European Aviation Safety Agency.

    “The S-92 helicopter has earned a reputation as a safe and very rugged aircraft able to operate in demanding environments. These enhancements increase mission capability and situational awareness for operators,” said Audrey Brady, director, S-92 programs. “We are proud ADS-B Out will start operating in Europe later this year.”

    The S-92 helicopter leads the way as the most compliant aircraft in its class with the FAA and European airworthiness safety standards, and meets or exceeds oil and gas industry requirements. These helicopters perform search and rescue (SAR) missions, head of state missions, as well as a variety of transportation missions for offshore oil and gas crews, utility and airline passengers. The U.S. Navy recently selected Sikorsky to build a fleet of ‘Marine One’ helicopters based on the FAA-certified S-92 aircraft to transport the Office of the President beginning in the early 2020's.

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    More S-92's for Turkish Prime Minister's Office

    A recent report shared by the Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry (SSM) has disclosed that the Prime Minister's Office has ordered two new S-92 VIP helicopters to expand its fleet, which already includes three helicopters, media outlets reported on Tuesday.

    The Turkish Prime Minister's Office (who already operated three Sikorsky S-92's) are pleased with the type and are planning to order two additional aircraft

    According to the Cumhuriyet daily, the Prime Minister's Office already has three S-92 VIP helicopters, all of which were purchased from US aircraft manufacturer Sikorsky after 2003, when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan came to power. The S-92 can fly at a speed of 300 kilometers per hour and has a capacity of eight passengers. The aircraft has a sofa, desk, bathroom and kitchen. It can fly a maximum of 1,000 kilometers without refueling. The first helicopter, dubbed “OBA,” was purchased in 2007, while two others were purchased in 2013 for around $58 million. With the newly ordered helicopters, the total number of helicopters in the Prime Ministry's fleet will increase to five.

    Apart from helicopters, the Prime Minister's Office has also purchased several planes in the last 11 years. The ministry purchased an Airbus A319, registration “TC-ANA,” in 2005. As the plane's range and passenger capacity made it inappropriate for long journeys, the Prime Minister's Office later ordered a new Airbus A330 in 2010. However, this plane has still not been delivered.

    Cumhuriyet also claimed that the Prime Ministry is constructing an airplane hangar at Ankara Esenboğa Airport to accommodate the helicopters and planes of its air fleet.