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Heli-Expo 2014: A Modified Integrated Cockpit for the Bell UH-1H, Courtesy of Vector Aerospace Helicopters

 - February 25, 2014, 4:25 PM
Vector Aerospace uses 10-inch Sagem screens for its EFIS displays in its integrated digital cockpit retrofit for the Bell Huey UH-1H.

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services, North America, a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace (Booth No. 5906), has brought a custom-modified integrated cockpit for display at Heli-Expo 2014. The cockpit consists of two Sagem 10-inch multifunction displays (MFDs) and two Sagem 10-inch primary flight displays (PFDs) for right or left seat operations. It is part of Vector Aerospace’s Bell Huey UH-1H (civilian Bell 205A) upgrade program.

The PFD and MFD are capable of displaying ship’s radar and Globalstar satellite communications and critical weather data such as Nexrad and ADS-B IN text and graphics. The PFD does not offer synthetic vision; however, the MFD will display GPS graphical data from a variety of manufacturers, as well as ship’s infrared camera feed, if available.

“We offer options for Stormscope, data recording capabilities, traffic awareness systems display interfaces and an improved fuel management function. Every customer requirement and configuration is different, so pricing depends on what the customer is looking to achieve,” John Jongema, UH-1H program manager, Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services, North America, told AIN. “Vector has worked with medium Bell customers to bring them the best economical certified solution. The Vector STC integrated cockpit offers the best value for day/night VFR or IFR-capable operators. We are happy to develop a specific solution for each customer,” he said.