Thu, Mar 01, 2007
EFIS Will Be Part Of Factory Type-Certificate
Enstrom Helicopter has selected Chelton Flight Systems to supply
the Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) for the company's
Model 480B turbine whirlybird.
Under terms of the agreement, which was announced at Heli-Expo
2007 in Orlando, Enstrom will certify the Chelton EFIS as a part of
the factory type certificate (TC) for the 480B turbine line of
helicopters. This factory-installed configuration is expected to be
available in late 3Q 2007.
The installation will include 2 Chelton EFIS displays, the
newest release 6.0B software, Chelton's new compact digital air
data and attitude/heading reference system, (ADAHRS), along with
Chelton's latest technology Beta 3 GPS/WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation
System) receiver. The system also features a synthetic vision
primary flight display, dual integrated FMS, Class-B (or -A
capable) helicopter TAWS (Terrain Awareness and Warning System), a
master caution voice warning system, HITS (Highway-In-The-Sky
navigation), a digital flight recorder, and Chelton's unique hover
vector display. The system is NVG (Night Vision Goggle)
"The Enstrom Model 480B helicopters incorporate new
technology for high performance. Adding the Chelton EFIS will make
them the most technically advanced helicopters in their class,"
said Jerry Mullins, President & CEO of Enstrom. "The Chelton
EFIS integrates the most features and functionality of any EFIS
into an incredibly small footprint. Come see the system as
displayed in our police demonstration aircraft in Heli-Expo booth
"We are extremely pleased to add Enstrom Helicopter Corporation
as a valued customer for our synthetic vision technology," says
Gordon Pratt, President of Chelton Flight Systems. "The enhanced
situational awareness and versatility of flight information
presentation that the Chelton EFIS provides brings and new level of
safety and ease of operation into the helicopter cockpit."
The 480B includes a fully-configurable cabin that has been used
as two place surveillance aircraft, a three-place advanced trainer
and as a three- to five-place VIP aircraft.
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