Alan Stewart, the Senior Rotorcraft Project Manager for the Aircraft Certification Branch of Transport Canada presented the certification document to Jeff Pino, Sikorsky's Senior Vice President of Sales and Commercial Programs.
Transport Canada certification will allow the S-92 to enter service with Canadian operators and to carry passengers. Canadian certification of the S-92 follows European Aviation Safety Agency/Joint Aviation Authorities (EASA/JAA) certification in June 2004 and U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification in December 2002.
The S-92 is the first helicopter in the world certified to the FAA's FAR Part 29 Transport Rotorcraft, Amendment 47, the latest and most demanding U.S. safety regulations. Current Transport Canada and EASA/JAA certification requirements are similar to those of the FAA.
"The S-92 provides unprecedented levels of safety and reliability. This has been recognized by the FAA, the EASA/JAA, and now by Transport Canada," said Sikorsky President Steve Finger.
Among Canadian customers that have ordered the S-92 to date is CHC Helicopter Corp., the world's leading provider of heavy and medium helicopter services to the global offshore oil and gas industry. In November 2004, Sikorsky also signed contracts with the government of Canada to provide and maintain 28 H-92s, the naval variant of the S-92.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, CT, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), of Hartford, CT, which provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.