2008-11-24 - Cyclone flies at SikorskySikorsky CH-148 Cyclone flies
Erstflug der S-92-Version für Kanada<br /> The first CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, which is being developed by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. for the Canadian government as a replacement for its long-serving SEA KING helicopter fleet, has completed its first flight successfully at Sikorskys Development Flight Center in Florida.
The flight occurred Saturday, Nov. 15. Steered by Sikorsky Test Pilots John Armbrust and Rick Becker using state-of-the-art, fly-by-wire technology, the aircraft hovered and accomplished low-speed handling tasks including forward flight at speeds reaching 30 knots, and sideward and rearward maneuvers. The helicopter, Tail No. 801, will continue to undergo a series of increasingly demanding flight tests leading up to certification and production deliveries.
Sikorsky will build 28 CH-148 helicopters for the Canadian government. The CH-148 helicopter will be a world leader in sophistication and capability for maritime helicopters, said Program Manager Dan Hunter. Todays successful first flight represents a huge milestone, transitioning the program from the prototype build to the flight test stage. The aircraft performed beautifully, easily achieving each maneuver attempted. Were extremely pleased. The CH-148 helicopter represents the next step in Sikorskys long planned extension of the S-92 helicopter into the H-92 helicopter product line. It is equipped with a fully digital, fly-by-wire system designed to improve significantly the aircrafts maneuverability, safety and effectiveness. The CH-148 helicopter further builds upon Sikorskys rugged S-92 helicopter, which meets the most demanding safety standards in North America and Europe.