MSP Aero, based in Minneapolis, was awarded a FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the installation of the Vision 1000 Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) system from Appareo Systems on AgustaWestland AW109/119 series.
The Vision 1000 is a part of Appareo Systems' Aircraft Logging and Event Recording for Training and Safety (ALERTS) family of FDM products. ALERTS includes hardware devices like the Vision 1000 and a suite of software and web-based applications that allow aircraft operators to experience the significant safety and training benefits of a comprehensive Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) program.
"MSP Aero is pleased to partner with Appareo to bring the Vision 1000 to Augusta AW109/119 helicopters," said Jon Ness, director of business development for MSP Aero. "Using the ALERTS system propels aircraft operators to the next level of safety excellence. With Appareo's FDM technology and our extensive avionics experience, we're very well positioned to pursue additional STCs for the Vision 1000 in other aircraft, making this great product for safety available to even more operators."
The Vision 1000 is a compact, lightweight device that is mounted on the ceiling of the aircraft; it captures detailed flight data, video cockpit imagery and ambient audio with optional intercom system integration. Weighing less than half a pound and requiring only power and ground from the aircraft, the Vision 1000 can be installed in both fixed and rotor-wing aircraft. All data is stored on a crash-hardened internal memory module as well as a removable SDHC memory card for easy access.