Feb. 13, 2012, Langley, B.C. - Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America has been granted a Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) # SR03043NY for an Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS, or “glass cockpit installation”) for aftermarket installation in the Bell 205 series helicopter.
By Carey Fredericks
The Vector STC applies to the following helicopter models:
Bell 205A / 205 A-1 / 205B
Phil Kemp, vice president of airframe and avionics sales notes the Visual Flight Rule (VFR) certified Bell 205 ICDS solution is a completely integrated upgrade, and replaces all legacy engine instruments, sensors and gyros with digital, solid state equipment. The new, light-weight cockpit installation; which is comprised of a SAGEM ICDS-10A three display electronic flight instrument (EFIS) system and Dual Crossbow AHR500GA Heading and Altitude system offers a more reliable and cost effective alternative that provides enhanced flight safety. This is accomplished through the integration of the latest situational awareness tools, and the ability to adapt the system to fulfill a wide variety of mission requirements. The Vector system also includes various operator-focused multi-function improvements including moving map displays and exceedance monitoring functions.
In developing this latest glass cockpit STC, Vector partnered with Sagem Avionics, Inc. (Safran group), one of the helicopter industry’s leading manufacturer of glass cockpit systems. To date, Vector has successfully developed and integrated various glass cockpit solutions for the Bell 205 / 206 series, the Eurocopter AS350 and Heli-Lynx 355FX, the Eagle Single and Sikorsky S61 and S76 helicopters. In addition to the Vector-SAGEM ICDS avionics suites, Vector also offers a Rockwell-Collins STC glass cockpit solution for the Sikorsky S76 and S61 that utilizes a FDS-2000 and Collins AHRS package.
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services offers a comprehensive MRO service portfolio including:
– Airframes and major inspections (various Bell, Sikorsky, Eurocopter, Boeing and AgustaWestland models)
– Engines: (Pratt & Whitney PT6T, Rolls Royce M250, Arriel 1 / Arriel 2, General Electric T58 / CT58 and
CT-7 / T700) * all engine lines include complete test capability
– Dynamic components – Eurocopter, Bell and Sikorsky
– Full-service avionics; including glass cockpit engineering, development and integration; complete rewires, etc