Sikorsky, December 05, 2011 - LANGKAWI, Malaysia - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.’s S-92 “Legacy of Heroes” demonstration helicopter will be shown on static display at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition beginning Dec. 6. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
The aircraft recently launched the second leg of its worldwide tour with its arrival in Singapore on Nov. 21. The helicopter will visit multiple countries to recognize first responders to natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies around the globe while promoting the company’s family of products including the H-92 helicopter, the military version of the company’s commercial S-92 helicopter.
The tour commenced in the United States in September and continued through late October. From its current location in Malaysia, the aircraft will next visit Brunei, Thailand and Hong Kong, and then travel to India. A six-member crew is conducting cockpit briefings and aircraft tours at designated stops, and participating in first responder recognition ceremonies and other special events to provide community support along the way.
“Sikorsky Aircraft was built on Igor Sikorsky’s vision of the helicopter as a life-saving device,” said Carey Bond, President of Sikorsky Global Helicopters. “Since Sikorsky’s earliest days, our helicopters have been the first to arrive on the scene of natural disasters and other emergency, life-threatening situations. The Legacy of Heroes demo tour gives us the opportunity to share the success stories of the extraordinary people who use our products and to introduce the aircraft capabilities and product solutions to those who may be unfamiliar with them.”
The aircraft on display was customized by employees at Sikorsky Global Helicopters’ main facility in Coatesville, Pa., U.S.A. It is a utility-configured S-92 aircraft bearing a unique gray and black paint scheme with a silhouette of first responders depicted on each side. The aircraft is fitted with side-facing seats, a triple-litter kit, cargo hook, Search-and-Rescue Automatic Flight Control System, and night sun capabilities.
During the tour, the crew will showcase the multi-mission capability of the aircraft.
The S-92 Legacy of Heroes helicopter will be located at booth OD 7 at the LIMA air show. Interested media should contact Paul Jackson at 860-614-3899 or Marianne Heffernan at 203-386-4373. There will be a limited supply of Legacy of Heroes promotional items for visitors to the aircraft.
The company has created a microsite on the Internet to provide regular updates on the tour’s activities. The microsite will offer blog reports from crew members and other highlights of the tour. It can be accessed at www.SikorskyLegacy.com.
S-92 helicopters perform search and rescue (SAR) missions as well as a variety of transportation missions for VIPs including Heads of State, offshore oil and gas crews, utility and airline passengers. The worldwide fleet of 151 S-92 helicopters has accumulated more than 365,000 flight hours since deliveries began in 2004. The S-92 helicopter was certified to FAA/EASA harmonized Part 29 requirements, as amended through Amendment 47. The S-92 helicopter remains the only aircraft to have been certified to this rigorous airworthiness standard without exception or waiver.
Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a Sikorsky company, develops and produces civil certified helicopters and their derivatives. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., U.S.A., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., U.S.A., provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.