Vector Gets STC For Bell 407 Glass Cockpit

 - December 29, 2009, 8:55 AM

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for an integrated cockpit display system (ICDS) in the Bell 407. EASA and Transport Canada certification are pending. Vector developed the 407 STC in partnership with Safran Group’s Sagem Avionics.

The new glass cockpit includes choice of various attitude and heading reference systems (AHRS), regular or extended instrument panels, eight- or 10-inch Sagem ICDS displays, Garmin GNS 430 or 530 interfaces, integrated caution advisory systems and engine display, and other options available with Vector’s Bell 206 program.

The cost of an average installed system is approximately $120,000, according to Elvis Monez, Vector’s vice president of operations. The system weighs approximately 16 pounds and the average installation takes about one week.

Vector’s 407 ICDS builds on its successful glass cockpit package developed for the Bell 206 that received STC approval last year. Vector has developed and integrated glass cockpit solutions for other aircraft, including the Eurocopter AS 350 and Heli-Lynx 355FX, the Eagle Single and Sikorsky S-61 and S-76. In addition to the Vector-Sagem ICDS avionics suites, Vector offers a Rockwell Collins (with STC) glass cockpit for the Sikorsky S-76 and S-61 that uses an FDS-2000 and Collins AHRS package.