Sikorsky is targeting European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada certification of its Gross Weight Expansion for the S-92 twin-engine heavy helicopter by the end of 2017. The expansion package, which increases the aircraft’s gross weight from 26,500 lb. to 27,700 lb. (12 tons to 12.5 tons), was certified by the FAA in November 2015. It should, the company hopes, allow the aircraft to achieve some long-range missions with a full passenger load—a niche capability ...

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