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Certification Flight Testing Commences For Black Hawk-Genesys Cockpit Suite

Certification Nearing Completion Of Modernization Of Black Hawks By XP Services

Genesys Aerosystems and XP Services have commenced certification flight testing, reportedly the final phase in the certification process of the Genesys avionics suite for the UH-60A and EH-60A Black Hawk.

After many months of ground and flight testing, XP Services and Genesys Aerosystems are jointly testing the final version of the cockpit architecture to achieve the FAA STC this summer.
 
The Genesys avionics suite in the Black Hawk is comprised of four MIL-STD qualified IDU-680s, dual ADAHRS, dual GPS receivers, dual digital COM/NAV radios, and 3-Axis IFR HeliSAS Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot. At the heart of the NVG-compatible avionics suite is the IDU-680 featuring redundant Flight Management System (FMS), radio/audio management, and Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS). The Genesys suite includes an open architecture capability for interfacing with special-mission equipment.

In addition to EFIS displays and supporting components, the STC for the Black Hawk will include Genesys' newest Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot, IFR HeliSAS. As the name implies, this version of HeliSAS is certified for flight into Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) conditions. HeliSAS reduces workload during demanding conditions with lateral, vertical, and approach autopilot modes. Designed to keep the helicopter safely in the flight envelope, IFR HeliSAS also offers low and high-speed protection.
 
"With more Black Hawks becoming available for a variety of special-missions, offering an alternative to the costly - and increasingly unsustainable - legacy avionics is critical for fleet longevity," said Nick Bogner, Director of Business Development. The STC certification is expected in the summer of 2020.

FMI: www.xpservices.us, www.genesys-aerosystems.com

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