February 2012 – North Flight Data Systems, LLC is pleased to announce they will integrate and certify their Lightweight Aircraft Recording (LARS) system in the Bell Helicopter Textron 407. In cooperation with PHI, Inc. and Rolls-Royce, NORTH FDS will be integrating their voice, video and flight data recording system into the Bell 407 airframe. The system will not only provide detailed internal AHRS data but it will interface with the Rolls-Royce M250-C47B FADEC to provide high fidelity engine information.
Jeff Warner, President of NORTH FDS, said ”As a follow on to our successful integration into PHI’s EC135 fleet we are fortunate to have the leadership vision of PHI to pursue installation of the same sophisticated tools in an affordable package on the BH407 platform.
Paul Campbell, Vice President, Rolls-Royce Helicopters, said, “Rolls-Royce is pleased to be part of this effort to incorporate key engine data into the new LARS System. The new system will aid operators and maintainers, helping them to meet their daily missions. The Rolls-Royce M250 engine has incorporated countless technological advances over the years as it demonstrated reliability and performance with over 215 Million flight hours.”
Through PHI’s Flight Data Monitoring system, known as LAMP (Line Activity Monitoring Program), important statistics obtained in lighter helicopters in the Air Medical program have greatly increased, enhancing the acquisition of essential flight data. “The ultimate goal of our LAMP program is to prevent incidents and accidents from occurring,” explained Lance Bospflug, President of PHI. “This breakthrough program allows our safety experts to understand and observe crucial statistics and data, which were previously unattainable, from activity during our transports. This continues our commitment to remain on the cutting edge of identifying and implementing the newest, most advanced technologies.”
About NORTH Flight Data Systems - Headquartered in Arlington, Texas, NORTH Flight Data Systems, LLC is a world class technology company dedicated to the design, manufacture, and distribution of the most advanced safety product line and services in the general aviation industry. NORTH FDS provides the most comprehensive LARS technology and a suite of software for the fixed and rotor wing community.
About PHI, Inc. – PHI, based in Lafayette, LA, is a world leader in the helicopter services and transportation industry. PHI is known industry-wide for its pursuit of safe, reliable helicopter transportation. PHI provides services to the offshore Oil and Gas, onshore mining, International and Air Medical industries across the United States and internationally.
About Rolls-Royce -- Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 people in over 50 countries.
It has received FAA STC approval for the installation of its Lightweight Aircraft Recording System (LARS) for the Eurocopter EC145 series helicopters.
In cooperation with Metro Aviation, Inc., NORTH FDS integrated their comprehensive voice, video and flight data recording system into the EC145 airframe.
Heli Expo, Dallas, US – Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, will deliver a new Value Improvement Program (VIP) upgrade kit for M250 engines, which power Bell 407 and MD600 helicopters...
Model 250 engines will be delivered to Bell Helicopter through 2017.