The Chelton Flight Systems Organization Designation
Authorization (ODA) recently approved the amendment to Supplemental
Type Certificate (STC) SR02230AK-D, allowing software version 6.0B
to be run on Chelton’s Synthetic Vision EFIS displays in
Eurocopter models AS350 and AS355. 6.0B was TSO'd in December 2007
and is DO-178B Level-A certified.
Over 40 significant benefits are available for end-users,
ADS-B datalink display functions, including TIS-B (traffic) and
FIS-B (flight information, including weather)
WSI Weather. Supported products include NEXRAD Weather Radar,
Echo Tops, Graphical METARs, Textual METARs, Textual TAFs,
Lightning, SIGMETs/AIRMETs, TFRs, and Winds/Temps aloft
Holding Patterns may be created at any fix or waypoint; entries
are calculated automatically
Nearest ILS Approaches. One touch activates an ILS approach,
sets the inbound OBS course, and sends the ILS frequency to a
remotely-tuned NAV radio
Enhanced FMS Capability including vertical navigation (VNAV)
and waypoint offsets
Vertical Deviation Indicator for RNAV Approaches and enroute
Expanded Hover Vector for Helicopters displayed with large
radar altitude scale on MFD
Autopilot Mode Source Annunciation for use with existing legacy
Shaded Relief Terrain Depiction on MFD resembling a satellite
TCAS-II interface and resolution advisory symbology
Basic ADI Mode for transition and training
FMS-Style Navigation Log for easy preview of procedures
"We’re proud to have achieved
this milestone with the Eurocopter models. Software 6.0B truly
represents state-of-the-art functionality and will make the
AS350/355 flight management experience safer and more intuitive,"
said Chelton General Manager Jim Shirey.
In addition to STC SR02230AK-D, 6.0B is also available for new
EFIS installations or as an upgrade to existing EFIS displays under
STC SA02203AK Part 23 AML (400+ fixed wing aircraft models). 6.0B
will also be available for EFIS installations with Mod 1 memory
module upgrade as the software is added under the STC approval.
Software 6.0B supports the architecture requirements for Part-25
airplanes and IFR helicopters, opening the door for these approvals
in the second half of 2008.