STC awarded for the Bell 430 night vision lighting
March 25, 2009 – United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS), and partner Ahlers Aerospace were awarded their eighth FAA Supplemental Type Certificate their Night Vision Lighting modifications on the Bell 430.
By Melissa Damota
United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS), and partner Ahlers Aerospace were awarded their eighth FAA Supplemental Type Certificate their Night Vision Lighting modifications on the Bell 430.
As with the others, this modification incorporates externally mounted filters that improve day light readability. The size of the 430’s cockpit and the number of switches involved did cause some challenges meeting compatibility requirements, but these challenges were met.
The URS/Ahlers design reduces installation time and cost. The external filters allow the modified component to remain generic thus retaining the advantages of local repair and/or overhaul.
This is the eighth STC for night vision modifications awarded to URS and Ahlers. They now hold FAA certification on the Bell 206, 407 and 430 models and the Eurocopter AS350B2/B3, BK117, EC130 and EC135. STC’s are pending for the Bell 412 and the Eurocopter EC120 and EC145 with award expected in the near future.
United Rotorcraft Solutions, FAA Repair Station UX9R241Y, provides aircraft completions and refurbishment services, systems integration, maintenance, component overhaul, customized interior installations and unsurpassed exterior finishing on most model helicopters. They also offer FAA approved NVG compatible lighting systems for many model helicopters and are the preferred distributor for the ONLY FAA TSO’d Night Vision Goggles, the NIVISYS NVAG-6 Night Vision Aviator Goggles.
Ahlers Aerospace is a manufacturer of TSO, PMA aircraft instrumentation, Lighting specialist and instrument/accessory overhaul facility.