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Sikorsky pays tribute to top SAR performers
In 2019, Bristow, CHC and Cougar were responsible for more than 2,700 SAR missions resulting in more than 1,700 lives saved. Sikorsky has recognised these operators, predominant S-92 users, for their efforts.
Senior executives Don Miller, Bristow, Hank Williams, Cougar Helicopters and Miguel Carrasco, CHC, were recognised by Sergei Sikorsky, son of company founder Igor Sikorsky, Audrey Brady, Sikorsky VP of commercial systems and services and John Rudy, Sikorsky director of oil & gas and services.

Sikorsky has recognised Bristow, CHC and Cougar Helicopters for their life-saving mission capability using the workhorse S-92 search and rescue helicopter. Audrey Brady, Sikorsky VP, commercial systems and services and Sergei Sikorsky, son of company founder Igor Sikorsky, thanked Bristow, CHC and Cougar executives in a ceremony at the 2020 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo.

In 2019, the three operators were responsible for more than 2,700 SAR missions resulting in more than 1,700 lives saved. Bristow operates the aircraft for the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for Her Majesty's Coastguard. The S-92 was involved n almost 65 percent of its sorties in 2019; 72 percent of all people rescued by Coastguard aircraft were saved by crews operating a Sikorsky S-92.

In addition, Bristow Americas completed 26 SAR sorties using the S-92 in the Gulf of Mexico. In Norway, Bristow used the S-92 for all SAR and medevac missions in 2019. In total, 62 SAR and ambulance flights were performed in the Ekofisk area as well as the Barents Sea.

CHC SAR operations experience extremely high dispatch availability rates; the Irish Coast Guard currently flies at nearly 98 percent reliability. One of CHC's most notable rescues of the year lasted into the early morning hours of March 24 after a large cruise ship off the coast of Norway experienced an engine failure. Three S-92 aircraft were involved in the rescue mission, and 466 people were safely rescued. To date, this is the largest helicopter rescue at sea.

“The recognition for our SAR missions belongs to our pilots, flight crews, mechanics and all the other team members that work tirelessly to ensure safe and reliable transport and dispatch reliability,” says Miguel Carrasco, CHC's senior vice president, operations and supply chain. “I am honoured to accept the award on behalf of the great team at CHC.”

Cougar Helicopters, the first rotorcraft company in North America to utilise the S-92 in a SAR capacity, flew more than 350 SAR sorties this year, totalling nearly 570 flight hours. Cougar has been the recipient of 35 Sikorsky Winged-S Rescue awards since 2008 and boasts a 20-minute SAR response time in the northeastern Atlantic.

The Sikorsky S-92 has flown more than 1.6 million total flight hours, predominantly for civil search and rescue operations and for operators serving the worldwide offshore oil and gas industry. The S-92 currently operates in 25 countries and is the industry standard for safety and reliability. Thirteen nations, including the U.S., have selected the S-92 helicopter for their head of state missions.

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