Eurocopter has launched localizer performance with vertical (LPV) guidance using the helicopter landing pad at its headquarters in Germany, the first helipad in Europe to make use of the GPS guided instrument approach procedure.
EC145 T2 in flight. Photo by Charles Abarr, courtesy of Eurocopter
LPV procedures enable approach guidance in a three-dimensional display for pilots, greatly enhancing situational awareness during poor visibility conditions.
The company obtained a license for the approaches from EASA, allowing developers to use the new procedure when testing and approving navigation systems on production helicopters. Pilots are currently conducting LPV approach tests using twin-engine EC135 and EC145 T2 helicopters.