Alpine Aerotech Receives FAA STC for Bell 212 Avionics Upgrade
ALPINE AEROTECH announces that it has officially received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supplemental type certificate (STC) for a comprehensive avionic suite upgrade for Bell 212s engaged in day/night VFR operations. The upgrade utilizes pilot/co-pilot Garmin G500TXi primary flight displays (PFD) and a single GTN 750Xi GPS/NAV/COMM.
The kit removes several expensive-to-maintain analog flight instruments (HSI, ADI, VSI, altimeter, and Tarsyn gyros) by consolidating inputs into highly accurate and reliable altitude/heading reference systems (ADAHRS) which are displayed on the large 10.6” touchscreens. The conveniently located GTN 750Xi provides centralized access to navigation, radio tuning, weather, terrain, traffic and much more. The information can be synchronized across both G500TXi displays with optional Traffic Advisory Systems (TAS), Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) integration. To maintain night VFR certification, Aerotech equipped the kit with a Mid-Continent SAM for increased redundancy and safety.
“The first installation of this system was performed about a year ago,” says Jeff Denomme, president at Alpine Aerotech. “We have been in close contact with the operator, and all reviews have been overwhelmingly positive — with commitment to modify the remainder of their fleet in the near future.”
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