sikorsky s-92 operating costs

Here for the Sikorsky S-92 Operating Costs? Check out the sikorsky s 92 range and sikorsky s 92 fuel consumption. The SIKORSKY S-92, manufactured from 2002 – to present, requires a 2 person crew and can transport up to 22 passengers. The aircraft has a maximum operating altitude of 15,000′, a normal cruise speed of 148 KTS/170 MPH, and a 428 NM/493 SM seats-full range. The SIKORSKY S-92 has a 00′ balanced field length and 00′ landing distance. The cabin measures 06’00” high, 06’04” wide, and 19’02” long. It has a total baggage capacity of 193.00 ft^3; 53.00 ft^3 being internal and 140.00 ft^3 being external.

Sikorsky S-92 Operating Costs

Depending on numerous factors, the average price for a pre-owned SIKORSKY S-92 is $0.00. A $0.00 loan over 120 months including $0 per month in interest equates to a $0.00 per-period payment. Based on 450 annual owner-operated hours and $4.25-per-gallon fuel cost, the SIKORSKY S-92 has total variable costs of $1,206,184.50, total fixed costs of $854,441.55, and an annual budget of $2,060,626.05. This breaks down to

Sikorsky S-92

$4,579.17 per hour.

428 NM / 493 SMSPEED:
148 KTS / 170 MPHPRICE:
22 people


Flying 450 Hours per YearAnnual Owner Hours450Annual Charter Hours-Fuel Cost$4.25Total Fixed Cost$854,441.55Total Variable Cost$1,206,184.50Annual Budget$2,060,626.05Total Hourly Cost$4,579.17

Sikorsky launched two new variants of its S-92 heavy twin on Tuesday morning at Heli-Expo 2019—the S-92A+, an upgrade package for in-service S-92s, and new-production S-92B. Both promise better operating costs and greater reliability and mission flexibility, the Lockheed Martin subsidiary said.

“Our S-92 has set the standard for modern helicopters, and we’re excited with these changes that will ensure it remains so,” said Audrey Brady, Sikorsky v-p of commercial systems and services. “Reliability means safety. Reliability means economics. With these updates and an unmatched cabin size and capacity, our customers will see an economic benefit demonstrating that the S-92 is the best choice in helicopter missions near or far.”

These updates will include new flight computing technology and main gearbox, as well as an interior common to search and rescue (SAR) and offshore operations and optional engine that improves in hot-and-high performance. The only differences between the variants will be found on the S-92B, which will have larger cabin windows, a common cabin door for offshore and SAR missions and titanium side frames for a stronger airframe.

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Both types will share Sikorsky’s phase one Matrix advanced flight computing hardware and software. The Matrix platform enables other new Sikorsky technology such as Rig Approach 2.0 and SuperSearch. For offshore missions, Rig Approach permits the helicopter to fly a mission profile to within a quarter mile of the heli-deck on an oil rig. David Martin, v-p oil and gas, told AIN that Rig Approach is on a development path “that ultimately could result in technology that allows automated landing on the heli-decks, regardless of weather situations offshore.”

SuperSearch, on the other hand, uses advanced algorithms designed by Sikorsky Innovations Group to fly an automated search pattern. “In simulations, it has been finding and locating objects 50 percent faster than traditional search patterns,” Martin said. Both variants also will have SAR automated flight control systems and a newly designed interior that will be common to SAR, offshore, and utility operations.

Also included with the new variants is a Phase IV gearbox constructed of aluminum, which Martin said is stronger and more resistant to corrosion than the magnesium gearboxes found on the original S-92s. It will also include manufacturing improvements to the internal mechanics that are expected to reduce unscheduled removals by up to 70 percent. “So those are big drivers in the operating costs of the S-92 that we’re going to be able to reduce or eliminate,” Martin said.

The new gearbox also has a redesigned lubrication system. In FAA-witnessed testing of the new gearbox for loss of primary lubrication, the gearbox was operated for 500 nm at 80 knots and had no noted anomalies after tear down. Finally, the new gearbox’s overhaul cycle and case retirement life now match, “allowing, again, another cost reduction in the operating cost of the aircraft,” Martin said.

Meanwhile, the optional GE Aviation CT7-8A6 for the A+ and B variants will produce more power at high altitudes and hotter temperatures than the standard CT7-8A. This engine model was developed for the VH-92A, the S-92 variant that will be flown by the U.S. Marine Corps for Presidential transport starting later next year. The VH-92A has been flying with the CT7-8A6 since July 2017.

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Sikorsky isn’t disclosing a price for the A+ upgrades or the new-production B model, though it said the latter is expected to be below historical S-92 prices. The company currently plans initial availability of the variants for 2022. “Sikorsky has significantly invested to bring these capabilities into production, but will let market interest determine the pace of remaining internal research and development spending,” it added. Concurrent with the rollout of the variants, Sikorsky will introduce an updated Total Assurance Program (TAP) that it said will reflect “a targeted economic improvement.”

Martin said it was time for an update of the S-92, of which Sikorsky has delivered more than 300 since the model’s first delivery in 2004 to PHI. 

Of that total, about two-thirds are dedicated to offshore operations, while another 40 are primarily SAR with some use as offshore transportation, he said. The helicopter also has a “pretty robust segment” as head-of-state aircraft. “One of the things you’re going to see from us at HAI [Heli-Expo] is a focus going forward on the utility market as well,” Martin said. “We think the aircraft has a unique capability with a rear ramp and standup cabin for a utility segment.” He defined the utility segment as the transport of cargo, people, and assets into remote environments.

Martin said despite the oil and gas industry downturn that began in 2014, idling hundreds of helicopters, utilization of the S-92 offshore fleet has remained “relatively stable and flat.” Last year the S-92 saw 7 percent growth in fleet flight hours in the offshore segment, he added. “Sikorsky’s kind of kept their powder dry and trusted in the S-92. But we think now is the right time to bring these to market.”

How to Buy a Private Helicopter: 5 Things You Need to Know When You Are Buying a Private Helicopter

There are many benefits of owning a helicopter, including getting to work on time when living 100 miles (ca. 161 km) away from your office. The main advantage of owning a helicopter is freedom. Once you have permission and some space, you can set your course for any destination.

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Content List

  1. Will You Be the Pilot or the Passenger?
  2. Predetermine Your Budget
  3. How Far Will You Travel?
  4. Other Considerations
  5. Payment

A private owner in the United Kingdom can fly to Devon and back to London without stopping to refuel. A pub in Oxford, the Manson’s Arms, has a helipad. The photographs of helicopters that visit adorn the walls of the pub. It is a thrilling and bizarre place to visit.

Modern helicopters have engines that are quieter and more efficient with advanced glass cockpits that offer fewer distractions for pilots. Airbus Helicopters’ Ed Sale responded to GQ at the Elite London event giving insight into what to consider when buying a private helicopter.

1. Will You Be the Pilot or the Passenger?

The majority of helicopter owners are pilots so they can fly themselves. Private pilots and those who own a helicopter and fly themselves prefer hands-on, less bulky designs.

Bigger helicopters are usually reserved for professional pilots while the owners sit in the back. The big shots use this as their executive means of transport. Midrange helicopters have administrative abilities too but are fun to handle.

The bigger the aircraft, the more experience a pilot requires. A well-trained amateur can fly any of the Robinson chopper models. The same applies to the B3 and B4 Eurocopter Ecureuil, AgustaWestland Koala and Bell 407. If you are looking at bigger models, like the AgustaWestland A109 with more sophisticated instrumentation, you will need a professional pilot.

If planning to become a pilot, next choose a flying school. Lots of flying schools will issue Private Pilot Licenses PPLs(H). Ask friends with helicopters to recommend a good flying school.

It helps if the flying school is local to you as you need a minimum of 45 hours of training over 12 months. Training costs vary from school to school but expect it to cost around $26,200 (around £20,000). This covers your tests, exams, flying hours, medicals, equipment, and airfield fees.

Training at Heli Air, one of the UK’s largest Robinson helicopter distributors, will cost you $10,500 (around £8,000). This covers theory in subjects like meteorology, air law, and flight planning. A Class 2 medical is compulsory.

After qualifying, you need an annual review to renew your license. You can opt to expand your qualification to include formation flying and night flying. The choice is yours.

2. Predetermine Your Budget

Design, capacity, and the manufacturer determines a helicopter’s price. Set your budget right from the start. It helps narrow your search.

Just like cars, you will have a range of options. Sloane Helicopters marketing director, Giorgio Bendoni, says first-time buyers can choose from the two-seater, single-piston Robinson R22 to the twin-turbine, eight-seater AgustaWestland Grand. It depends on budget flexibility.

While helicopters are expensive, some are cheaper than a Lamborghini. The Robinson R44, the world’s most famous helicopter, costs only $350,000 (around £313,500) and half that second-hand.

When setting your budget, add maintenance costs too. Some helicopter’s cost more to maintain than others. Lower priced helicopters can cost more in maintenance over the long run.

The AgustaWestland Grand and the AgustaWestland A109 are great in sophistication and space, but with an annual depreciation of five to 10 percent, you may want to weigh your options.

You should also consider the cost of insurance, capital investment, and depreciation.

3. How Far Will You Travel?

Aircraft manufacturers offer similar models with a small tweak in design and performance. Cheaper helicopters are smaller. And this limits the number of people it can carry, fuel capacity, and distance it can travel.

So, you need to decide how many people need to travel in your helicopter regularly. Also look at the distance it can travel before needing to refuel. The H125 is a midrange helicopter that guarantees 300 to 350 miles (ca. 563 km) or 2½ hours without refueling.

4. Other Considerations

The Airbus H160 is a new sleek design marketed to business and private customers, while the H125 has strong competition from the Bell 407. The cabin is separate from the cockpit and is luxurious. It has two seats facing each other and is a great option if you have a pilot. In contrast, an Airbus is a better option with you as the pilot as there is no separation from your passengers.

The choice of interior should reflect the helicopter’s purpose. Some people ignore carpets as it is a lot of work to keep clean. Leather seats are an attractive option as are seats with twin leather stitching which are currently in vogue.

Landing Space is Limited

Landing spaces in London are limited due to their tight restrictions on noise control, which limits helicopter paths. Battersea Heliport is the best place to land and continue your journey using other means. Places you can land outside London include Elstree, Denham, Biggin Hill, and Northolt.

Grab a helicopter landing guide to find somewhere to land in London. It has a list of landing sites around the UK and their phone numbers. This allows you to request landing permission before leaving for your destination. They may let you land for free or for a small fee (around $50).

Terms You Should Know

There are terms you should know if you intend to own a helicopter:

  • VFR (Visual Flying Rules) means you have to keep sight of the ground.
  • IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) means you can fly above or in the clouds.
  • A two-seat piston engine VFR is a basic helicopter.
  • ILS (Instrument Landing System) is what you dial into to get to the ground.
  • You use a noise-canceling headset for communication.
  • Autopilot allows you to control the aircraft without moving the controls and is not available in all helicopters.

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