Inverness based Bristow's Sikorsky S92A Search and Rescue Coastguard Helicopter departing from Inverness home base. SCO 11,181.

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Inverness based Bristow's Sikorsky S92A Search and Rescue Coastguard Helicopter departing from Inverness home base. SCO 11,181.
David Gowans / Alamy Stock Photo
Image ID: GKPY2C
In July 2000, Sikorsky announced design changes to the S-92. The fuselage of prototype #3 was lengthened by 16 in (40 cm) aft of the cockpit, the tail pylon was shortened by 41 in (1.04 m), and the horizontal stabilizer was repositioned from the left side opposite the tail rotor to the right side at the base of the tail pylon. The modifications to the tail solved a pitch stability issue discovered during flight testing, and were reported to allow the aircraft to meet a key requirement of the Nordic Standard Helicopter Program (NSHP) for shipboard stowage. The lengthening of the fuselage and shortening of the tail pylon shifted the aircraft center of gravity (CG) forward, permitting a more level attitude in flight. The longer fuselage allowed for an additional row of three seats, as well as a larger passenger door option for Search and Rescue (SAR) customers. Sikorsky incorporated the changes into the following two prototypes as the production standard configuration. Some reports suggested that the modifications were actually to resolve damage from structural design flaws.
Location: Inverness Dalcross Airport, Highland Region. Scotland. United Kingdom.