May 19, 2016 – WACO, Texas – NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that Precision Heli-Support, LLC has received STC approval for installation of the FreeFlight Systems RA-4000/4500 radar altimeter and FTG-410 tone generator audio alert safety system in MD 369, 500N, and 600N models.
The RA-4000/4500 is a highly-dependable, proven radar altimeter system that seamlessly integrates with the MD369/500N/600N’s existing avionics, and is part of the lightest-weight, lowest-cost solution available. The FTG-410 gives pilots valuable audio alerts at pre- selected altitudes and for other aircraft conditions. This equipment will ensure compliance with the FAA’s radar altimeter mandate, which requires aircraft to be equipped with an approved solution by April 24, 2017.
“The RA-4000/4500 radar altimeter system is a vital safety of life system for helicopter operations,” said Pete Ring, FreeFlight Systems Director of Sales and Marketing. “Our expertise and deep understanding of these operations have allowed us to develop radar altimeter systems that offer customers a solution that provides superior performance and value.”
“We are excited to make the RA-4000/4500 radar altimeter system available to MD Helicopter operators,” said, Jerry Guevara, Director of Operations. “This is our 4th STC within the past year and 9th overall. Our plans are to continue providing FAA approved solutions to the aviation industry that make sense.”
FreeFlight Systems modern radar altimeters are backed by more than 50 years of experience, and have a proven track record as a reliable solution in the most challenging and critical segments of flight. The TSO and ETSO-approved systems are extensively deployed worldwide in helicopter fleets, including some of the largest HEMS operations worldwide. With precision from 2,500 feet to ground level, the RA-4000/4500 offers the crucial situational awareness required when flying over varying terrains at low altitudes in all conditions.
About FreeFlight Systems
FreeFlight Systems designs and manufactures high-performance avionics for flight safety. These solutions deliver substantial safety, cost, environmental, and other benefits from the NextGen airspace transformation. Founded in 2001 and based in Texas, the company pioneered the first certified aviation WAAS/GPS receiver and the first rule-compliant UAT ADS- B system. FreeFlight Systems produces a range of high quality, American-made, competitively priced systems for installation in all aircraft types.
About Precision Heli-Support, LLC
Precision Heli-Support, LLC (PHS) offers a comprehensive solution to a worldwide helicopter customer base to support a multitude of aircraft types, including the MD 369/500 series, Bell UH-1, and Bell 407. Capabilities include: engineering (on-staff DER & DAR), avionics, sheet metal, AP & IA mechanics, field support, part sales and component overhaul. PHS is a Part 145 and AS9110 certified MRO company.
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