Gulf Coast Avionics Completes All-Digital Upgrade on Bell 412EP

By Staff Writer | December 23, 2014

Gulf Coast Avionics has completed a full digital upgrade on a Bell 412EP helicopter operated by the National Air and Navy Service of Panama.

“When this 412 arrived in our shop last August, it looked every bit like a helicopter that had worked long and hard. As you can imagine, its original analog avionics and instruments were becoming unreliable and difficult to repair," said Rick Garcia, Gulf Coast Avionics president and CEO. "The state-of-the-art digital avionics package including Garmin Helicopter Synthetic Vision (HSVT) gives Panamanian Public Forces pilots the highest levels of system reliability, safety and situational awareness.”

The upgraded Bell 412EP now features the following: dual Garmin G500H dual-screen electronic flight displays with HSVT; dual Garmin GTN 650H touchscreen GPS/NAV/COMs; dual Garmin GTX 33 remote Mode S transponders; Garmin GMA 340 digital audio panel; Electronics International MVP-50T-B412 digital engine monitoring system; L3 Communications Trilogy Electronic Standby Instrument; digital interface to existing Sperry SPZ-7600 autopilot; digital interface to existing BendixKing RDR 2000 radar; digital interface to existing Avidyne TAS-605 traffic system; custom designed and fabricated instrument panel and center pedestal; all-new, custom wiring harnesses.


Gulf Coast Avionics is a major supplier of avionics, instruments and pilot supplies to customers around the world. Gulf Coast Avionics is an FAA-approved Class 1, 2 and 3/Limited Instrument Repair Station and provides a full-array of avionics installation and repair services for certificated and kit-built aircraft.

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