The successful development of aviation products requires a sound understanding of the route to achieving certification of the product and its installation on the aircraft, and the ability to deliver a design that can be produced economically and effectively. The understanding of the route to certification is critical in ensuring a smooth development process and minimising the costs of product acceptance by other airworthiness authorities.
GVH Aerospace was presented with the challenge by Swiss Rotor Solution to be their certification partner, and helping Swiss Rotor Solutions achieve the EASA Supplemental Type Certificate for the MAXIMUM PILOT VIEW KIT on the Airbus H125 / AS350 helicopter family. This revolution design increases pilot visibility and operational safety via a completely new design, providing the pilot with an uninhibited field of view below and to the RH side of the aircraft. The modification adds a new single piece bubble door to the aircraft, offering a significant increase in lateral visibility, and pilot headroom when leaning to the right, even when wearing a helmet. A large lower viewing aperture and transparent fuselage window fairing significantly increases the vertical field of view forward, aft and directly underneath the aircraft by a factor of ten, compared to existing solutions. The MPVK dramatically improves the capability and safety to perform demanding operations such as sling loading, fire-fighting, SAR/EMS, confined area operations, aerial survey, seismic, law enforcement and any other tasks performed in close proximity to terrain, obstacles and ground crews or when operating at remote landing sites.
GVH Aerospace successfully completed EASA certification, and obtained the FAA validation of the Supplemental Type Certificate. This significantly improves the market acceptance of this revolutionary product.
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