North Flight Data Systems (Booth 413) has received FAA STC approval for its flight data system installation in the Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) AS350B3 and the EC130B4 helicopter. The North system is the first affordable Lightweight Aircraft Recording System (LARS) that is fully integrated into these models. The system includes the Voice and Video Recorder (CV2R), Multi-function Data Acquisition Unit (MFDAU) and Quick Access Recorder (QAR).
The initial STC was completed on a PHI Air Medical AS350B3 equipped with the Cobham HeliSAS autopilot. The system includes the ability to record the complete HeliSAS autopilot data stream as well as either analog or digital radar altimeters. The recorded airframe and engine data is supplemented by an internal Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) data stream. The addition of hook load or other accessory equipment data can easily be accommodated by the system. The follow on approval was on an EC130B4 operated by Metro Aviation for Medflight of Ohio.
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