Heli-One, Universal Get STCs for Flight Display, FMS upgrades

By S.L. Fuller | October 11, 2016
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Canada's Heli-One and U.S.-based Universal Avionics has received supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for their EFI-890H Advanced Flight Display upgrade and AS332L/L1 Flight Management System (FMS) upgrade. 

Approval was granted by EASA and Transport Canada, according to a company news release. 

Increasing operational capability, reducing issues with aging instruments and eliminating the costs of replacing or maintaining older analogue displays, the display upgrade replaces the analogue systems with two digital “smart” displays. Customization will be possible with the new displays with the ability to show all primary flight information. 


Heli-One has over 100 major and minor modifications available for the AS332 series. The Flight Display modification includes pilot and co-pilot EFI-890H Primary Flight Displays and Course/Heading Control panels. The FMS modification supports all flight phases including 3-D coupled Pseudo ILS approaches as well as multiple non-precision and SBAS approaches. It also provides both Enhanced Mode S and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out data to meet upcoming mandates. Other Universal Avionics technology integrated in the modification includes a solid-state data transfer unit and radio control unit.

These STCs are a part of the Airbus AS332L and L1 modernization program contracted by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency. The program is taking place in Germany with the Bundespolizei German Police (BPOL). To support the force, the FMS also includes a multi-mission management system, and the flight display has a dual UNS-1Fw Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS)-FMS with a multi-mission option.

Heli-One, a CHC Helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul division, has been partnering with the avionics manufacturer since to upgrade the BPOL since 2015. Work is being completed in its Norway facility. 

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