Scott’s-Bell 47 selected the Sagem ICDS-8A glass cockpit suite as part of the standard avionics package for the new 47GT-6 helicopter. This selection is the latest in a series of developments geared at bringing the turbine-powered 47GT-6 closer to production.
The Sagem system includes the primary flight display and engine monitoring system. Other features include split map/engine screen mode, display of an externally mounted camera, VGA inputs and custom user databases such as display points for the moving map. The system will feature dual glass displays and back-up flight instruments and will also function as an engine indication and crew alerting system with a multifunction display for items such as pilot checklists. A variety of options will be available, including interfaces to GPS and transponders.
Late last year, Scott’s announced that it had received orders for 38 of the Rolls-Royce RR300-powered helicopter from a diverse customer list, the majority of which are from authorized dealers for exports into Asia/Australasia. The 47GT-6 has an initial target price of $820,000 and deliveries are anticipated to begin in 2016. Prototype first flight is scheduled for late this year.