Sikorsky’s gross weight expansion (GWE) for the S-92 has been approved by Transport Canada, allowing Canadian operators to benefit from an additional 1,200 pounds of useful payload in the aircraft that has come to dominate the heavy-lift offshore transport sector.
The modification, which was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2015, increases the S-92’s maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) from 26,500 to 27,700 pounds (12,020 to 12,565 pounds). Era was the launch customer for the GWE S-92, and now has four of the type in its fleet.
These have now been joined by one GWE S-92 in Canada. The aircraft was delivered in 2017, but had been operating at the S-92’s original 26,500-pound MTOW until the increase was certified by Transport Canada.