Transport Canada has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to VIH Aerospace (VIHA) for its aftermarket replacement Master Caution Panel (MCP01) for the Bell 212 series helicopter. According to VIHA, FAA and EASA approvals are pending.
Arne Arneson, general manager for VIHA describes the MCP01 as a "plug in" design that uses existing aircraft wiring and connectors, and is less than half the weight of the legacy Bell 212 Master Caution Panel.
"The MCP01 is a one-of-a-kind installation provides a number of enhancements that positively impact aircraft safety and reliability. The current Bell 212 Master Caution Panel is wholly based on 1960’s era design and technology; and this fact consistently results in issues of reliability and even failure that most often results in extended repair or complete replacement of difficult to procure replacement panels," said Arneson.