Heli-One And Universal Avionics Announce STC Approval for Flight Management System Upgrade

Heli-One, a provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, receives supplemental type certificate (STC) approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) for its flight management system (FMS) upgrade for the Airbus AS332L and AS332L1. The STC is a part of the AS332L/L1 modernization program currently underway with the Bundespolizei German Police (BPOL) and contracted by NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). The program includes an extensive flight display upgrade.

The FMS has dual configuration and uses the latest satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) technology, including GPS and localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) approach. To support police operations, the installed FMS also includes a Multi-Mission Management System (MMMS), allowing pilots to fly any one of six predefined search patterns. By leveraging Universal Avionics-customized electronic flight information system (EFIS) software for AS332L/L1, the FMS can be fully coupled to the autopilot system to realize auto-fly in all flight phases.

With the FMS upgrade, pilots and crews have access to a wider range of flight management tools and additional automation features, ultimately reducing pilot and crew workload. The state-of-the-art GPS and LPV functionality enhance situational awareness and safety, while the MMMS maximizes mission performance with multiple patterns which can be accessed instantaneously.

“This is the result of many long hours of work from our Design teams as well as the other organizations involved,” says Anthony DiNota, president, Heli-One. “This FMS upgrade will allow the Bundespolizei German Police to expand its operational capability with advanced mission management support, utilizing the latest avionics technology, in addition to extending the aircraft service life and increasing its value.”

The modification consists of:

  • Universal Avionics’ dual FMS (integrated to the EFI-890H primary flight displays (PFD) and CDV-155 coupler). The integration supports all flight phases including 3-D coupled Pseudo ILS approaches as well as multiple non-precision and SBAS approaches, including area navigation (RNAV) (GPS) to LPV minimums. The FMS also provides both Enhanced Mode S and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) out data to meet upcoming mandates.
  • Universal Avionics' solid-state data transfer unit (SSDTU), for centralized data loading and recording
  • Universal Avionics' radio control unit (RCU), providing control of both legacy and new radios. It is fully integrated with the FMS for flight phase- and location-based suggested frequencies.

“The FMS engineering for the Bundespolizei German Police program is a follow-on installation previously completed by Heli-One Canada on three law enforcement AS332s, registered in the United States,” says Grady Dees, the Universal Avionics director of Technical Sales. “It was a pleasure to work with the Heli-One team on the FMS integration to provide functionality not available in many new helicopters today.”

Heli-One has been providing design services for over 40 years and has teams of designers around the world with proven expertise on a wide variety of platforms, including Airbus, Sikorsky, Bell and Leonardo.

The STC is available for immediate purchase and can be complimented by an EFIS flight display system.