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September 24, 2021

Sikorsky helicopter takes inaugural biofuel flight

PHOTO |  Courtesy CHC Helikopter Service of Norway The S-92 helicopter can operate on biofuel.

A Sikorsky helicopter has completed its first flight using biofuel, considered a greener alternative to traditional petroleum-based fuels.

The Stratford-based manufacturer announced this week it has approved the use of sustainable aviation fuel for its S-92 helicopter.

This particular aircraft is regularly used for a variety of missions, such as search and rescue, offshore oil transportation, and head of state flights.

Jason Lambert, Sikorsky’s vice president of global commercial and military systems, said the company is committed to sustainability.

“I am proud that our S-92 helicopter is playing a role in a more sustainable future,” Lambert said.

According to Sikorsky, many companies in the aviation industry are working to meet environmental challenges. One way they are doing so is by transitioning to sustainable aviation fuels, which are derived from renewable, non-fossil fuel sources.

In the first flight, CHC Helikopter Service of Norway flew the S-92 helicopter using an approved biofuel called synthetic paraffinic kerosene. It is produced from waste and residual feedstock, such as used cooking oil. 

Biofuels can reduce lifecycle carbon emissions by up to 80% compared to traditional petroleum-based jet fuels, according to Sikorsky.

GE Aviation manufactures the CT7-8A engines that power the S-92 helicopter.

Harry Nahatis, vice president and general manager of GE Turboshaft Engine programs, said, “We firmly believe flights like this demonstrate how (sustainable aviation fuel) can contribute to more sustainable flight across the aviation industry.”

Norwegian offshore helicopters are expected to be the first to fly commercial flights on biofuel on S-92 helicopters. 

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