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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Heli-One Flies First Super Puma with Advanced Flight Displays

Juliet Van Wagenen

Advanced flight displays in the Heli-One Super Puma
Advanced flight displays in the Heli-One Super Puma. Photo: Universal Avionics

[Avionics Today 03-02-2016] Airbus has completed initial flight testing for the integration of EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays (AFD) in the Airbus Helicopters Super Puma AS332L/L1 with authorized dealer, Heli-One. The solution includes hover indication, vertical speed scale, vertical speed setting, and desired airspeed, among others.

The installation package includes dual EFI-890H Primary Flight Displays (PFD) (one pilot-side and one co-pilot side), dual UNS-1Fw Multi-Missions Management System (MMMS) with 5-inch Flat Panel Control Display Units (FPCDU), and a single Radio Control Unit (RCU).

This new PFD system replaces existing electromechanical altimeters, airspeed indicators, vertical speed indicators, attitude indicators and Horizontal Situation Indicators (HSI). The MMMS incorporates a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS)-enabled Flight Management System (FMS) with special interfaces and the ability to fly six patterns. In addition, the RCU replaces multiple existing federated control heads for existing radios. Support for automatic transition to hover for the Search and Rescue (SAR) variants will be supported with an upcoming software release to the MMMS.

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