Fargo Jet Center (FJC) has earned a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) on a newly-developed universal retractable sensor mount (RSM) for special mission aircraft operations. This STC is approved for the Kodiak 100 aircraft and will be amended to certify on other aircraft platforms as needed.
Featuring a compact design and retractable door, the RSM is belly-mounted and 100% contained within the cargo pod of the Kodiak 100, ready to deploy as needed. This design provides protection for the camera system from the elements to and from the mission area and in off-airport and covert operations. Additionally, the lightweight design results in more fuel capacity extending the aircraft endurance and time on station.
“This product development was inspired through collaboration with the special missions team at Daher, acknowledging the compelling opportunity for this modification to open an entirely new market for the aircraft,” says Mike Clancy, vice president of technical services. “Our team took this product from the conceptual design of the unit to development, testing, and STC certification in less than two years, conveying their extraordinary dedication and capabilities,” adds Clancy.
FJC provides special mission aircraft modifications to customer specifications and collaborates with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) sensor suppliers to provide a unique turn-key system integration. The RSM is compatible with most sensor systems up to 15” in diameter including Trakka Systems, FLIR Systems, Inc., L3Harris Technologies, Collins Aerospace, Raytheon Intelligence & Space, Churchill Navigation, and others.
Multi-mission capable platforms include:
• Environmental Survey and Management
• Fire Detection and Monitoring
• Law Enforcement, Military, and Homeland Security Missions
• Maritime Surveillance
• Search and Rescue
• Target Acquisition, Identification, and Tracking
• Customer-Defined Mission-Specific Operations
FJC has teamed up with Daher to bring the product into the special mission marketplace using FJC’s Kodiak 100 special mission demonstrator with operational ISR systems. The Kodiak 100 has proven to be an exceptional aircraft for the project as it has Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) performance and allows long loiter times while maintaining a covert appearance.
Additionally, FJC plans to exhibit at the Airborne Public Safety Association’s APSCON conference and exposition (booth #408) in Reno, NV from July 25-30, 2022, featuring a demonstration RSM on display.