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Monday, December 1, 2008

Rotorcraft Report: Glass Cockpit for R44 Gets STC


The FAA has granted a Supplemental Type Certificate to ASAP Avionics of Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada, for the installation of an integrated cockpit display system (IDCS) built for the Robinson R44 by Sagem Avionics of Dallas, Texas. The dual-screen, multi-function displays, christened the ICDS-8, is an aftermarket option that replaces the primary analog instruments aboard ASAP’s four-seat piston helicopter, plus offers the option to add navigation and terrain information. An analog altimeter, airspeed indicator, magnetic compass and clock remain in the cockpit as back-ups.

ICDS-8 was integrated into the R44 by ASAP and presents information in color graphs and dials on a pair of multi-function display screens each measuring eight inches across. The prototype shown at Heli-Expo 2008 provided standard flight information on the right screen, while the left display was configured to switch between a terrain obstacle proximity system and a monitor served by a small camera mounted on the side of the instrument pedestal. NVG compatibility is also an option.

"The response has been very positive," said Mark Sylvester, president of ASAP. "We’ve got four flying, including ours, and there has been more interest from Europe than anywhere."

Sylvester said the ICDS-8 system retails for $64,950. Installation takes approximately 24 hrs and can be done by ASAP or one of its authorized agents in several countries, including Australia, Germany, Malaysia and Switzerland.

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