MD Helicopters Selects Chelton Flight Systems EFIS
The twin engine MD Explorer is currently flying with a four screen Chelton EFIS.
September 21, 2006 - MD Helicopter Chelton Flight Systems, a Cobham Avionics and Surveillance company, has been chosen to supply the Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) for MD Helicopters’ light singles program.
MD light helicopters will be available from the factory in late 2007 with 2 Chelton EFIS displays, a solid-state strap-down gyro AHRS (Attitude/Heading Reference Systems), an air data computer and a GPS/WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) receiver. The system also features a synthetic vision primary flight display, dual integrated head-up FMS, Class-B or -A 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) friendly.
Chelton Flight Systems, in conjunction with Heritage Aviation in Grand Prairie Texas is beginning the STC process to certify Chelton EFIS retrofits on all existing MD light singles (MD 520N, MD 500E, MD 530F and the MD 600N). The twin-engine MD Explorer is currently flying with a four screen Chelton EFIS, and MDHI will offer it in VFR or IFR kit configurations.
“The MD light single helicopters incorporate new technology for high performance. Adding the Chelton EFIS will make them the most technically advanced helicopters in their class,” said David Oglesbee, VP of Sales and Marketing for MD Helicopters. “The Chelton EFIS has been shown to enhance safety and minimize risk in complex missions, which our customers undertake daily.”
“This is an example of market prediction,” says Gordon Pratt, President of Chelton Flight Systems. “For example, the NTSB is calling for a TAWS mandate in medivac helicopters. Any helicopter with a Chelton EFIS will meet a TAWS mandate set forth in the future as well as protect the crews today.”
About MD Helicopters, Inc.: MD Helicopters is a leading manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters. The MDHI family of rotorcraft is world renowned for their value, versatility and performance. The MD Helicopters family includes the twin-engine MD Explorer®, and single engine versions of the MD 600N®, MD 520N®, MD 500E® and MD 530F®. The NOTAR® system for anti-torque control is the exclusive property of MD Helicopters. The Company is based in Mesa, Ariz.
Chelton Flight Systems, part of the Cobham Avionics & Surveillance Division, is the manufacturer of the world's first FAA-certified synthetic vision EFIS, which is now STCd on over 700 airplane and helicopter models. Chelton Flight Systems' parent company, is Cobham plc. Cobham plc is an international company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced aerospace and defence systems in the air, on land, at sea and in space. The company has five technology divisions and one service division which collectively specialise in the provision of components, sub-systems and services to keep people safe, improve communications and enhance the performance of platforms.