A Sikorsky team consisting of Chris Eggert from WCS, Kevin Henderson from HSI and Jack Donahue from Worldwide Sales, presented a plaque to Norsk Managing Director, Ivar Eie, commemorating the event.
Norsk attendees included Dag Johan Saetre, Technical Director, Tormod Veiby, Engineering Manager, and about 25 additional Norsk employees. Also attending the event was Gunnar Johannessen, Logistics Director for Total, the oil company that has utilized Norsk's S-76C+ since it entered service in 1996.
During the ceremony, Dag Johan Saetre commented that Norsk's C+ had flown over 96,000 passengers and had achieved over 24,000 landings since it had entered service with Total. Dag added the aircraft had averaged between 1,100 and 1,200 hours per year. He further commented that the C+ "behaves very well," and that there has been "an excellent effort" from both Norsk and Sikorsky to insure the aircraft continued it's fine performance over the years.
Gunnar Johannessen added that Total had achieved "great success" with the introduction of the C+ for their Crew Change and Rig Shuttle operations.
This event is an important achievement for Norsk and for the S-76C+ in the North Sea. Sikorsky S-76 helicopters have been performing Norwegian offshore oil operations since 1995.
More than 575 S-76 helicopters have been built. Operating in 44 countries by 192 operators, the aircraft have accumulated over three million flight hours with an excellent safety record, while providing the best combination of operating costs and performance in their weight class. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), of Hartford, Conn., which provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.