PHI MRO Services will be the system integrator and provide retrofits and support for the Helix integrated flight deck upgrade for the Sikorsky S-76C++ and other legacy helicopters. The upgrade features Innovative Solutions & Support’s 10.4-inch displays and Avidyne’s Helios flight management system.
The Helix system adds 3D synthetic vision, electronic charts, ADS-B In weather and traffic, and SBAS/LPV approach capability. The first certification is planned for the S-76C++, and once that is completed later this year by PHI, pricing of the package will be revealed, according to Avidyne. PHI’s global MRO locations will do the retrofits and provide support for Helix upgrades.
“We see the Helix system as a terrific upgrade solution for helicopter operators facing legacy avionics obsolescence issues,” said PHI MRO Services president Tom Neumann, “and who want to improve reliability and dispatchability of their fleet.”
“In addition to the S-76C++, we see plenty of opportunity for follow-on programs and platforms for Helix, and our partnership with PHI MRO Services will be instrumental in bringing those to market as well,” said Avidyne v-p of worldwide sales John Talmadge.