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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Rotorcraft Report: Vector, Sagem Fly S-61 With Glass Cockpit

PRODUCTS | AVIONICS

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America reports it has successfully flight tested the world’s first Sikorsky Aircraft S-61 equipped with a fully-integrated "glass cockpit" — the Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS) from Sagem Avionics.

The first test of the Carson Helicopter’s S-61 took place on May 20 at Vector’s Langley, British Columbia avionics facility. It is being followed by a comprehensive flight test and certification program conducted from Langley Airport.

"With more than a full year of dedication and hard work from our Langley team, the Carson-bladed S-61 has made aviation history," Elvis Moniz, director of operations for Vector-Langley and project lead for the S-61 glass cockpit project said. The efforts transformed "many of the dated S-61 systems into a multi-mission capable state-of-the art helicopter. As our customers often attest, the quality of workmanship, dedication and innovation displayed by our entire team is second to none, and the success of this project is a clear indication that we are at the pinnacle of our industry."

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