Scott’s-Bell 47 Selects Sagem for Glass Cockpit

 - February 25, 2014, 3:40 PM
The cockpit of the Scott’s Bell 47 helicopter is being modernized with Sagem’s ICDS-8A displays. (Photo: Mariano Rosales)

Scott’s-Bell 47 (SB47, Booth No. 7422) has selected the Sagem (Booth No. 2814) ICDS-8A glass cockpit suite as part of the standard avionics package for the new 47GT-6 helicopter.

The Sagem system includes the primary flight display (PFD) 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 (EICAS) with a multifunction display for items such as pilot checklists. A variety of options will be available, including interfaces to GPS and transponders.

SB47 CEO Scott Churchill said his company selected Sagem, in part, because it allows customers to scale the suite to their individual needs and “not burden every customer with the cost and weight of a full-up primary display and navigation system. But with minimal changes and upgrades, the cockpit can easily be converted into a full-up system suitable for operations such as IFR training.”

The selection of Sagem is the latest in a series of developments geared at bringing the turbine-powered 47GT-6 closer to production. 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.

Scott’s acquired the type certificate from Bell for the Model 47 in 2009 and has taken over factory support and refurbishment, offering a variety of upgrades, for the estimated 1,100 Model 47s still in service worldwide. It recently announced a deal with Lycoming to be the exclusive distributor for that company’s new Hi-Dome pistons for the discontinued VO-435 engine, which was a popular choice on the Bell 47.