Universal Avionics Sees Increased Interest from Super Puma Operators to Support Offshore Operations
Requests for Flight Management Systems (FMS) with mission support have increased in 2013, most notably among offshore and SAR operators of Airbus Helicopters; AS332L and AS332L1 Super Puma helicopter models.
On the forefront is Authorized Dealer Heli-One Canada, Inc., performing turn-key modifications for the Super Puma, integrating Universal’s UNS-1Fw MMMS and LP/LPV Monitor under STC approval.
These modifications were recently installed and are now operational on three CHC aircraft configured for offshore operations,” says Alan Stewart, senior manager, Design Engineering for Heli-One. “They provide unprecedented operational capabilities and deliver outstanding value to operators who need cutting-edge modifications and upgrades to support a wide range of critical missions,” he adds.
“We are seeing more MMMS interest from offshore operators, often where they need to introduce one or more standby SAR machines,” says Norm Matheis, Universal Avionics’ regional sales manager for Canada. “These operators love Universal Avionics’ MMMS. Canned search patterns can be programmed, freeing the flight crew to concentrate on sighting the search object. You can’t have too many pairs of eyes looking outside when it comes to SAR.”
Universal Avionics’ MMMS is SBAS, European P-RNAV and RNAV (GNSS) LPV-capable, and is enhanced with a unique fuel management function. It has been enhanced to allow higher than standard rate turns, up to the configured bank angle, and course reversal guidance that prioritizes minimum time in the turn and always turning toward the next search pattern leg. In addition, retrofitting with Universal Avionics’ MMMS addresses challenges Super Puma operators face with database support for certain RNAV systems installed in the type, as well as Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) emerging requirements.
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