TUCSON, ARIZONA – Universal Avionics was selected by Heli-One (Norway) AS to equip the new H215 helicopters of the Bundespolizei - German Federal Police (BPOL) with SkyVis Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS). In addition, Elbit systems announced today it is partnering with Heli-One to develop a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the SkyVis on H215 (AS332L1e ) helicopters.
Universal Avionics SkyVis is comprised of a set of monocle-type helmet-mounted displays which can be used stand-alone for day operation or combined with Night Vision Goggles for night operation, providing unparalleled “out of the window” flight capabilities.
SkyVis assists the pilot in reducing the workload in demanding operations, such as Hover, where the HMD allows the pilot to “bring the PFD with you” when turning the head to look to the side and down. Moreover, the system improves the situational awareness while it provides the pilots with basic flight instruments, critical engine parameters and key navigation information to keep full VFR flight path control even with limited outside cues.
“We are happy to have won the contract to help the Bundespolizei upgrade their H215 aircraft. We look forward to continuing this excellent collaborative relationship with Universal Avionics/Elbit in developing solutions for crews and operators. We are excited to implement this new helmet mounted display system to support the Bundespolizei achieve their mission success,” said Tord Wilstrup Torgersen, Managing Director, Heli-One (Norway) AS.
“The decision of Heli-One and the BPOL to install SkyVis on the new H215 helicopters attests to the quality and maturity of the technology and to the valuable contribution of SkyVis in achieving higher mission completion rates and enhanced safety levels in adverse flying environments” said Dror Yahav, Universal Avionics CEO. “Moreover, we are excited to partner with Heli-One to develop the STC for our SkyVis HMD solution and to offer to the civil helicopters market, for the first time, a certifiable HMDS in a commercially affordable way”.
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