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Published: 9 September 2019
From: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

The Irish Coast Guard -Sikorsky S92

  • Thermal imaging (FLIR) and high-definition low light sensors & Powerful searchlight
  • Direction finding equipment
  • AIS (Automated Identification Tracking System) & Satellite communications with flight tracking system
  • PHECC registered Paramedics and advanced medical equipment
  • Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System
  • Crash worthy seats for all occupants
  • Energy absorbing landing gear
  • Lightning strike protection
  • FAA/JAA certified Rotor Ice protection (RIPS)
  • Bird strike protection at maximum speed
  • Fuel tanks designed to keep fuel away from passengers
  • Rapid cabin conversion (to perform a variety of missions)
  • 2.13m (7 foot) rear ramp- enables quick and easy loading of cargo, personnel, stretchers and Incubators
  • Traffic Collision Avoidance system (TCAS)
  • High Intensity Radiated Field (HIRF) protects electronics from Electromagnetic Interference.
  • Mode S Transponder

Crew Experience

Aircrew will have the following minimum experience and qualifications:


    Total helicopter hours 2500 hours
    Hours in command of multi-engined helicopters 1000 hours
    Hours on type 250 hours
    Hour in command on type 100 hours
    Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence
    Instrument Rating held for at least two years
    Minimum of one year’s experience on a dedicated civil or military SAR unit


    Total helicopter hours 750 hours
    Hours on multi-engined helicopters 350 hours
    Hours on type 50 hours which may include simulator time
    Commercial Pilot’s Licence
    Instrument Rating
    ATPL theory credit

Winch Operators

At least one year’s experience as a Winch Operator on a dedicated military or civilian SAR unit and at least the EMT qualification accredited by PHECC.


At least three months experience as a Winchperson on a dedicated military or civilian SAR unit and at least the Paramedic qualification accredited by PHECC.