12/21/2007 - STRATFORD, CT -- The first H-92
helicopter to feature fly-by-wire technology has
completed its first successful flight, Sikorsky
Aircraft Corp. announced today. The historic first
flight took place on Dec. 20 at 9 a.m. from the
Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach,
Florida. The new fly-by-wire technology is designed to
significantly improve aircraft maneuverability, safety
and effectiveness. Sikorsky currently has two
development programs which will feature the FBW
technology, the X-2 Technology demonstrator, and the
newest model of the Blackhawk helicopter, the UH-60M.
"This successful flight of the first H-92 helicopter
to feature state-of-the-art fly-by-wire technology
ushers in a new era for the H-92 product line," said
Stephen B. Estill, Sikorsky vice president & chief
marketing officer. "This aircraft was the first of a
new generation of helicopters designed to new and more
demanding standards for safety and reliability, and
with fly-by-wire, it sets course for the path ahead
and the next phase of flight testing in 2008."
The fly-by-wire system electronically links the
controls inside the cockpit with the exterior
actuators, the movement of which enable the aircraft
to maneuver where and how the pilot intends.
Eliminating the traditional mechanical linkage saves
weight, reduces maintenance costs, adds capability and
improves performance. The new system was developed in
association with BAE Systems.
Source: Sikorsky Press Release