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Vector offers SAGEM “glass cockpit” upgrades to Bell 407 Operators

February 20, 2009  By Corrie

Feb. 20, 2009, Richmond, B.C. – Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America has announced that the certification effort to add the Sagem Avionics, Inc. Integrated Cockpit Display Systems for the Bell 407 is well underway.

Feb. 20, 2009, Richmond, B.C. – Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America (Vector), the world’s largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul services announces that the certification effort to add the Sagem Avionics, Inc. (SAFRAN Group) Integrated Cockpit Display Systems (ICDS, or “glass cockpit installations”) for the Bell 407 is well underway, with the prototype helicopter installation nearing completion.

Vector will display a Bell 407 equipped with the prototype system at HAI 2009, located at the Sagem booth (#2347).

Elvis Moniz, Director of Operations for Vector-Langley’s airframe and avionics operation anticipates Vector will be prepared to provide the Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS or “glass cockpit”) solution to the international Bell 407 market by early summer, 2009.  “We are excited to be developing a cockpit upgrade for the Bell 407.  Once configured with a Vector / Sagem cockpit upgrade, its capability and reliability will be greatly enhanced. The system under development consists of various Attitude and Heading Reference Systems (AHRS) options, regular size or extended instrument panels, 8 or 10 inch Sagem ICDS displays, Garmin Global Navigation System (GNS) 430 or 530 interfaces and integrated Caution Advisory System and engine display, in addition to a variety of options currently available with our Bell 206 program.”

Vector has partnered with Sagem Avionics, the helicopter industry’s leading manufacturer of glass cockpit systems to produce and integrate various Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for the Bell 205 / 206, as well as the Eurocopter AS350, Heli-Lynx 355FX, Eagle Single, and Sikorsky S61 helicopter. The Bell 412 and Eurocopter Super Puma are leading candidates for similar upgrades by Vector and Sagem. In addition, Vector also offers a Rockwell-Collins STC; a FDS-2000 solution designed for the Sikorsky S76 and S61.


Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America is internationally recognized for providing superior maintenance repair and overhaul services from state-of-the-art facilities located across North America.  

Vector Aerospace Corporation is an independent provider of aviation repair and overhaul services.  Through facilities in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, Vector provides services to commercial and military customers for various types of gas turbine engines, components and helicopter airframes.  It also provides information technology solutions to an international customer base.  Principal operations include Vector Aerospace Engine Services Atlantic (formerly Atlantic Turbines), Vector Aerospace Engine Services UK Limited (formerly Sigma Aerospace), Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services (formerly ACROHELIPRO Global Services), Vector Aerospace International Limited (rotary and component repair business of DARA acquired from the Ministry of Defense in the United Kingdom) and Pathix ASP.  The Company has a has approximately 2,500 employees.



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