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Genesys Aerosystems earns STC for modernized avionics suite on Airbus EC-145e

Airbus EC-145e With IDU-450 & IFR HeliSAS photo courtesy of Metro Aviation

*Photo courtesy of Metro Aviation

Airbus EC-145e becomes IFR capable with the latest Genesys avionics suite utilizing IDU-450 displays

Mineral Wells, TX (February 18, 2019) –– Genesys Aerosystems announced today that it has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for its avionics suite utilizing the IDU-450 featuring 8.0H software on the Airbus Helicopters EC-145e. The IDU-450 coupled with the recently announced IFR HeliSAS allows operators to fly IFR either in single or dual pilot operations.

The Genesys configuration certified on the EC-145e includes 4 IDU-450 displays in a dual-sided PFD/MFD format with dual redundant ADAHRS, dual GPS/FMS and IFR certified HeliSAS stability augmentation system and 3-axis autopilot.  The Level A certified IDU-450 is a lightweight (only 4.5 lbs. or 2 kg) comprehensive EFIS display that offers high-resolution LCD glass depicting 3D Synthetic Vision, Highway-In-The-Sky (HITS), Enhanced HTAWS, Integrated FMS, Hover Vector and many more features. 

“When the EC-145e is delivered from the Airbus factory, it is configured for VFR operations; however prime customers for this platform such as HEMS, offshore and law enforcement operators often require the capability of IFR operations,” stated Jamie Luster, Director of Sales and Marketing for Genesys Aerosystems.  “With the cost-effective Genesys avionics suite, any customer can gain IFR capability for far less than the price of a buying a new IFR capable helicopter from the factory.”

The STC was achieved with Metro Aviation, who has contracted with Airbus for delivery of 25 EC-145e.  Metro plans to deliver the upgraded aircraft in their Shreveport, LA facility to their customers’ specifications based upon the mission profiles of the operator, this month.  For additional information on the displays, please visit https://genesys-aerosystems.com/products/idu-450-efis-helicopter and for Metro Aviation and the EC-145e, please visit https://www.metroaviation.com/ec145e/.

“As more and more operators are looking to modernize and increase fleet utilization, this will be a very popular upgrade. Operators around the world have been asking for this kind of solution and we are excited to have an upgrade for them.” Luster commented.

About Genesys Aerosystems

Genesys Aerosystems is a leading provider of integrated avionics systems for military and civil customers. Genesys Aerosystems’ avionics systems can be offered individually or integrated to provide an entire cockpit. Its synthetic vision Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) revolutionized safety in low-level flight operations and is now approved on more than 700 aircraft and helicopter models. Genesys Aerosystems’ Helicopter Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot (HeliSAS) adds to its extensive range of S-TEC autopilot solutions and brings added safety within the reach of a host of operators for whom such systems were previously too expensive or heavy. For more information, visit https://www.genesys-aerosystems.com/. Media Contact: Simpson Bennett, Marketing Communications Manager, (940) 327-9035,​ Simpson.Bennett@genesys-aerosystems.com

About Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation, Inc., based in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States is a worldwide provider of completion services for all missions and types of helicopters and specializes in the EC135 and EC145 with several Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) developed by the company for these and other aircraft.  Metro is an FAA approved repair station, approved Airbus (Eurocopter) Service Center and ­FAR Part 135 air medical operations provider at several locations across the United States. The company is privately held and is one of the largest traditional air medical providers in the country. For additional information regarding Metro Aviation, Inc. and any of its products or services, please contact Kristen King Holmes at 318.698.5200 or kking@metroaviation.com.

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