Avidyne, IS&S Introduce Helix Integrated Flight Deck


Avidyne and Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) have officially unveiled their new Helix integrated flight deck for turbine helicopters. Aimed at operators looking to modernize legacy helicopters, Helix pairs IS&S’s 10.4-inch flat-panel displays with Avidyne’s Helios flight management system. It features large-format flat panel displays, 3D Synthetic Vision, electronic charts, ADS-B weather and traffic and satellite-based augmentation system/localizer performance with vertical guidance (SBAS/LPV) capability.

“Avidyne and IS&S have put together a solution that is designed and targeted to extend the life of the large number of legacy helicopters still in operation, including the S-76C++, the Blackhawk, the AW109 and more,” said John Talmadge, Avidyne vice president of worldwide sales. “We are excited to be working alongside IS&S to develop Helix, which will give new life to these airframes at a cost that won’t break the bank, and that provides operators a whole host of new capabilities while dramatically improving reliability and dispatchability.”

Offered in single- and dual-pilot configurations, Helix will initially be available as a retrofit for the Sikorsky S-76C++. The IS&S displays used for the system will include built-in symbol generators, high resolution XGA multi-color active-matrix LCDs, a 6-by-8-inch viewing area with an 80-degree viewing angle, NVIS compliant display lighting and a non-glare, anti-reflective display surface. According to Avidyne, pricing for Helix will be announced following completion of integration work and certification, which is expected later this year.

Kate O'Connor
Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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