Honeywell subsidiary BendixKing is teaming up with New Zealand-based rotorcraft operator and MRO provider Airwork on a cockpit upgrade STC for light and medium civil helicopters. The STC to be developed by Airwork with support from BendixKing’s engineering staff will initially focus on the Airbus AS350.
Their solution allows operators of utility helicopters to replace analog gauges with modern advanced technology displays. It will center on the BendixKing AeroVue Touch flight display to provide high resolution and access to critical flight data, along with the Honeywell SmartView synthetic vision system and ADS-B In for weather and traffic.
According to the companies, the package can be installed quickly, limiting downtime to less than three weeks.
“This new collaboration will allow us to upgrade analog cockpit systems with new technology that will greatly improve safety and help reduce accidents,” said Airwork general manager Shane McMahon. “With BendixKing’s technology, we will be able to target this section of the helicopter market and provide a significant improvement in situational awareness that will provide a reduction in pilot workload, while enhancing operational safety during demanding phases of flight.”