Bell Picks Chelton

 - October 23, 2006, 12:12 PM

Bell Helicopter has selected Chelton Flight Systems to provide a synthetic-vision EFIS cockpit for the 407 program. The contract has a potential value of more than $100 million.

Bell claims to be the first OEM to offer synthetic vision for all its light and medium single-engine models. Plans call for Chelton equipment to become the “preferred” system offered for the 206B JetRanger, 206L LongRanger and the new 210.

The Chelton EFIS is currently certified on more than 450 different fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft types. It was developed in conjunction with the FAA’s Capstone program in Alaska, where advanced flight display technology has reduced the accident rate among commercial operators by more than 40 percent.