Bell 412EPI products receive STC approval
March 6, 2014, Fort Worth, Tx. - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, has announced it has received FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for three new accessory options for the Bell 412EPI including a Cockpit Voice Flight Data Recorder (CV/FDR), Bell Helicopter Vibration Monitoring system (BHVM) and Helicopter Terrain Awareness System (HTAWS). All three Bell 412EPI STC-approved products are all available through the Aeronautical Accessories brand.
By Carey Fredericks
The CV/FDR is an “on-condition” line-replaceable unit that records both cockpit voice and flight data. The CV/FDR is capable of recording a minimum of 25 hours of flight data and two hours of audio. Flight data is recorded in flash memory and segregated from the cockpit voice data and may be downloaded to ground station equipment in approximately five minutes.
The new BHVM kit for the Bell 412EPI provides comprehensive airframe, rotor, engine and drive system vibration monitoring capability. Additionally, the system provides quick access aircraft data recording capability to support customer flight data monitoring (FDM) programs. The system is compatible with the new Bell 412EPI integrated avionics system.
For forward looking terrain and obstacle avoidance capability, the new Bell 412EPI Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS) kit is now FAA approved and available. This kit has the Honeywell Mark XXII system which presents visual and aural signals to pilots in advance when potential hazards exist. The system is compatible with the new Bell 412EPI integrated avionics system.
“These three new products for the Bell 412EPI demonstrate Bell Helicopter’s continued commitment to developing parts and accessories that improve safety and maximize efficiency,” said Jennifer Lunceford, manager, Sales for Aeronautical Accessories. “We are pleased to add the newly approved kits to the ‘Safety and Mission’ section of the 2014 Aeronautical Accessories product catalog.”