This new S-92 helicopter is currently undergoing final preparations for offshore revenue flights from Bergen, Norway. The aircraft is expected to enter service by the end of the February under a contract Norsk has secured with Statoil.
Additionally, a second S-92 is scheduled to join the Norsk and service Statoil this spring. The new S-92s will replace two AS332 Super Pumas.
Jeff Pino, Sikorsky's Senior Vice President for Sales and Commercial Programs, presided over the deliver ceremony at the Heli-Expo 2005 trade show, presenting a commemorative plaque and S-92 model to Ivar Eie, Norsk's Managing Director. Other attendees included Erik Hamremoen, Sr. Aviation Advisor for Statoil; Knut Axel Ugland, owner of Ugland Holding AS, one of Norsk's parent companies, and Bill Chiles, President of Offshore Logistics, the other Norsk parent company.
Sikorsky anticipates more S-92s will begin offshore operations in the North Sea this year. The S-92 is the first helicopter in the world certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency/ Joint Aviation Authorities (EASA/JAA) to the latest and most rigorous safety standards. The S-92 was also the first helicopter certified by the FAA to FAR Part 29 Transport Rotorcraft, Amendment 47, the latest U.S. safety regulations.
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