“The Robinson R44 Grand” Earns STC for Sagem Avionics Glass Cockpit Retrofit
November 20, 2008 By Corrie
Nov. 20, 2008, Grande Prairie, TX - The FAA granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of a two display configuration of Sagem Avionics (SAFRAN Group) Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS) in the Robinson R44 helicopter.
. 20, 2008, Grande Prairie, TX – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of a two display configuration of Sagem Avionics (SAFRAN Group) Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS) in the Robinson R44 helicopter. The glass panel solution has since been renamed “The R44 Grand” by the owner of the aircraft and STC holder ASAP Avionics of Vancouver Island, Canada.
“The R44 Grand” solution includes two AMLCD 8-inch displays mounted in portrait mode. The system integrates Primary Flight Instruments, Engine Instruments and other Multifunction Display system functions such as enhanced vision when linked to a camera, TOPS – Terrain Obstacle Proximity System and many others. The Sagem Avionics ICDS proves to be partircularly user friendly as pilots that have flown with it have acclimated to its operation within thirty minutes of use.
The combination of these features results in better dispatch-ability, better reliability, lower operating costs, and safer operation by increased situational awareness.
ASAP Avionics’ unique installation replaces the entire integrated pedestal, thereby reducing down time and cost for follow-on installations. It also provides the aircraft operators’ higher resale-ability and less costly route to update to new mandates and/or mission needs.