During Helitech International 2013 in London, Bell Helicopter formalized a contract with Garmin International to supply its G1000H integrated avionics suite for the as-of-now-named Short Light Single (SLS). The move furthers the relationship between the helicopter OEM and the Olathe, Kan.-based avionics specialist, as Garmin introduced the G1000H on the 407GX and is providing the G5000H for Bell’s 525 Relentless on the larger end of the spectrum (the 525 is intended primarily for the offshore market).
Garmin cockpit on the Bell Short Light Single (SLS). Photos courtesy of Bell Helicopter
Turbomeca’s Arrius 2R will power the SLS, which seeks to compete with the Robinson R66 and Eurocopter EC120. The G1000H supplies flight instrumentation, communication, navigation, diagnostics, terrain, conflicting traffic, maintenance and weather data on high-resolution LCD screens. Bell’s SLS performance targets are a speed of 125 knots with a range of 360 to 420 nm and a useful load of 1,500 lbs.
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Graphical rendering of Bell's Short Light Single.