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Saturday, June 1, 2013

FAA Approves S-92 Platform Approach System

Sikorsky Aircraft has obtained FAA approval of its automated S-92 “Rig Approach” system for offshore operators developed with PHI Inc. The approach lowers cockpit workload by 60 percent and increases performance in bad weather and other operating conditions, according to Sikorsky. The creation of the approach traces back to 2007, when a PHI pilot spoke with a Sikorsky pilot about developing a safer method for landing on offshore oil platforms. Sikorsky conducted flight tests of the system in 2011, working with FAA toward certification during 2012 and into 2013. FAA officials flew the system in February 2013 as part of a certification review. PHI Chief Pilot Paul Perkins notes that the Rig Approach “will play a huge role in our S-92 IFR operations by providing the crew with automation that reduces the workload at critical times during the instrument arrival procedure and provides additional barriers to CFIT.”

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