Canadian helicopter MRO and modification specialist Alpine Aerotech has announced that it has received a Transport Canada Civil Aviation supplemental type certificate (STC) for the installation of Garmin GTS series traffic systems on Bell 212 and 412 helicopters.
The STC allows the installation of the GTS 800, 825 and 855 line-replaceable units on 212s and 412s. It includes integration with various traffic displays, such as Garmin’s GTN/GNC series and GI 275, Avidyne’s IFD series, as well as the Garmin GDU 1060 and Astronautics RoadRunner primary flight displays.
The GTS 800 system can actively track up to 45 targets to 22 nautical miles, generate aural and visual traffic advisories, and integrate with passive ADS-B surveillance. The GTS 825 and 855 have even greater range and target acquisition capabilities.
“This is a much-needed addition to our STC portfolio for the Bell 212 and 412,” said Bert Geofroy, avionics manager at Alpine Aerotech. “We now have a certified solution to offer customers who desire the enhanced safety provided by an active traffic surveillance system or have a contractual mandate to meet.”
Equivalent Federal Aviation Administration and European Union Aviation Safety Agency STCs are currently pending, according to the company.