Wednesday, May 28, 2014
EASA Certifies S-92 Software Upgrade
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the software update of Sikorsky’s S-92. The newly certified update to the avionics management system (AMS), version 8.0, provides display enhancements to existing functionality to support several important S-92 mission capabilities, including CAT A Takeoff, enhanced search and rescue patterns, and rig approach, a first of its kind functionality on the S-92 helicopter that provides operators with an automated approach to offshore rig and platform landings. The update also provides new safety enhancements in the S-92 cockpit, such as fully integrated traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) II and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) out.
ADS-B out is the next generation of air traffic control safety equipment. The functionality provides aircraft and air traffic controllers with real-time, satellite-based position and heading data, and will replace current radar-based systems. The system has been certified for the S-92 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil and now EASA.
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