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OEM Outlook The 2019 Rotorcraft Pro


Last year was a busy year for Sikorsky. Having seen its helicopters help save 2,025 lives the year before, the company’s rotorcraft were equally active in life-saving missions in 2018; including “the devastating wildfires in California where the Firehawk performed as a workhorse in support of the firefighting teams,” said Mike Ambrose, Sikorsky’s vice president of engineering and technology.


“We continue seeing high utilization of our products, even in a challenging oil and gas market,” Ambrose said. “Nearly 90% of S-92 fleet flight hours serve the offshore oil industry. In 2018, average monthly S-92 fleet flight hours grew by about 10%.” In the same time period, Sikorsky’s commercial customer care center exceeded its monthly goal of resolving aircraft-on-ground in less than 24 hours for every month.


Also in 2018: The Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) equipped with MATRIX Technology continued to prove the viability of optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) flight. During the year, U.S. Army pilots supervised a number of SARA OPV missions developed by Sikorsky and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). This was the first time that the SARA-modified S-76B commercial helicopter has been operated by non-Sikorsky pilots.


Sikorsky also continued to test fly its S-97 Raider compound helicopter demonstrator, which exceeded 200 knots at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in September 2018. “It’s exciting to achieve these high speeds with X2 Technology,” said Sikorsky Experimental Test Pilot Bill Fell.


Finally, the CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter has fundamentally redesigned to function as a digital aircraft. To make this happen, the CH-53K is now loaded with the Integrated Vehicle Health Management System (IVHMS), which provides active monitoring and diagnostic capabilities to make operations and servicing faster and more accurate for human pilots and maintainers.


Looking ahead to 2019, Sikorsky will be applying SARA OPV autonomous flight technology to a Black Hawk UH-60A (aka the OPV Black Hawk). “The optionally piloted Black Hawk with MATRIX Technology will take its first flight in 2019,” Ambrose said. “It is the latest aircraft to take on this role in our next phase of autonomous aircraft development, and will prove to be the foundation for future applications.”


This company will continue to test fly the S-97 Raider, to prove its ability “to meet and exceed the requirements of the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift Light,” Ambrose said. “The Raider flight test program is exceeding expectations, and we are generating the data to submit with our proposal to show that we have advanced X2 Technology and it is proven compliant and ready to take the next steps. Additionally, in 2019, we’ll expand X2 Technology testing with our third-generation X2 aircraft, the SB-1 Defiant, which we believe is the best aircraft to enable the Army to accomplish future medium-lift aircraft missions.”


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