Phoenix Heliparts of Mesa, Ariz. is adding to its supplemental type certificate (STC) offerings, this time by retrofitting an MD 530F with full-digital instrumentation and a modern interior. The aircraft is destined for Robert Reish of El Dorado, Calif., who has used Phoenix in the past for his helicopter refurbishments.
The company also announced during Heli-Expo 2014 that it is strengthening its ties to RSG Products (Booth No. 1206) of Fort Worth, Texas, which holds FAA PMA authority to design, manufacture and distribute air-conditioning and video camera systems for various helicopter models. It also provides Garmin G500H installation kits. The two companies are teaming up closer to add the MD 369 helicopter to the list of approved airframes for the installation of RSG’s vapor-cycle air conditioning units. “Phoenix Heliparts delivers unique products on time and on budget,” said Reish. “I’m a repeat customer for good reason.”
Reish’s MD 530F digital cockpit is designed around the Aspen Avionics 1000H Pro primary flight display (the STC is expected later this year) and a Garmin GTN 750 Waas GPS navcom connected to a Garmin GDL 88 ADS-B transceiver and Garmin GTX 33 mode-S transponder. A Davtron M803 clock rounds out the functionality. The helicopter is also being retrofitted with a wire strike kit on both the upper and lower fuselage and Phoenix’s own STC’d compressor inspection panel, in addition to its interior refurbishment.