Sikorsky unveiled yesterday at Heli-Expo the first S-92 helicopter
dedicated to Search and Rescue at the world's largest helicopter
gathering. The new aircraft is entering service for the United
Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency in 2007. The SAR configuration
includes two internal auxiliary fuel tanks of 210 gallons each.
Additional options include an Automatic Flight Control System
with auto-hover capability, FLIR, dual rescue hoist, full sliding-door
with bubble window, cargo hook, search-light and loud hailer.
The spacious cabin is designed to offer the utmost flexibility
for installing a triple medical litter kit, one or two aux fuel
tanks, folding utility seats and ample storage. It is the first
of four SAR helicopters to be delivered to the MCA for use primarily
in the Highlands and Islands of the UK. The helicopter is owned
and operated by CHC Helicopter Corp.