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Kitchener Aero completes EC-120 upgrade

January 3, 2013  By Carey Fredericks

Jan. 3, 2013, Kitchener, Ont. - Kitchener Aero Avionics (KAAV) - one of Canada’s premiere avionics and special missions modifiers - is pleased to announce another STC “first” with the completion of a “Glass-Cockpit” upgrade for the Eurocopter EC-120 helicopter.

The heart of this mod is the Garmin G500H Flight Display system with Helicopter Synthetic Vision (HSVT), an Altitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) and Air Data. Also STC’d in the EC-120 were the Garmin GDL-69/69A XM Weather DataLink, an Avidyne TAS-605 Traffic Awareness System, and a Honeywell KRA-405B Radar Altimeter system. All of these additional systems are controlled by and displayed on the G-500H.

Of particular interest to Special Missions customers including Electronic News Gathering and Aerial Law Enforcement, External Video from a Video Camera or FLIR System can also be displayed on the G-500H MFD.

In announcing this new STC, Barry Aylward, President of KAAV stated “Our team has done a great job on this mod and our customer is extremely pleased with the result. The G500H is an absolutely stunning addition to the EC-120 cockpit, and dramatically improves situational awareness and overall safety. This STC has been eagerly anticipated by Garmin, and by EC-120 operators worldwide. FAA and EASA STC Validations are inprocess, and once they are in place this STC can be marketed by Garmin Dealers worldwide.”

“We are thrilled with the addition of the EC-120 to our growing list of G500H airframe certifications,” said Jim Alpiser, Garmin’s director of aviation aftermarket sales. “The increased safety and reliability offered by the G500H will be attractive to EC 120 owners and operators all over the world.”



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