The new design comes in response to S-92 offshore oil customers who are flying the aircraft for up to eight hours per day. The new seat features recline, headrest, adjustable armrests, thigh support and improved seat padding while meeting all the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration safety and crashworthiness requirements.
Sikorsky and seat manufacturer Martin-Baker worked with three early S-92 customers to define the new high comfort crew seat features and to benchmark the seat during development and design reviews. Certification testing was completed in late 2005, and the FAA Technical Standard Order was awarded in April 2006.
"It has been our intent to adhere to only the latest and highest standards of safety in every new S-92 option we develop in response to emerging customer needs," said Mick Maurer, Sikorsky vice president of commercial programs. "The new high comfort crew seat meets this criteria and adds to the S-92's reputation as the most modern, capable and comfortable aircraft in its class."
The S-92 is a multi-mission medium helicopter used in a variety of roles including offshore oil, executive transport, search and rescue, and airline.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. United Technologies Corporation, based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.
Martin-Baker is responsible for crew, passenger and utility seats for the S-92 platform. The Company, which is based in the UK, is the world leader in the design and manufacture of aircrew seats and escape systems and has pioneered the development of ejection seats since 1946. Its products are now in service with over 90 air forces and operators world wide.