Certification nearing completion of modernization of Black Hawks by XP Services
Today, Genesys Aerosystems and XP Services commenced certification flight testing, marking the final phase in the certification process of the Genesys avionics suite for the UH-60A and EH-60A Black Hawk. After many months of ground and flight testing, XP Services and Genesys Aerosystems are jointly testing the final version of the cockpit architecture to achieve the FAA STC this summer.
The Genesys avionics suite in the Black Hawk comprises of four MIL-STD qualified IDU-680s, dual ADAHRS, dual GPS receivers, dual digital COM/NAV radios, and 3-Axis IFR HeliSAS Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot. At the heart of the NVG-compatible avionics suite is the IDU-680 featuring redundant Flight Management System (FMS), radio/audio management, and Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS). The Genesys suite includes an open architecture capability for sophisticated interfacing with special-mission equipment.
In addition to EFIS displays and supporting components, the STC for the Black Hawk will include Genesys’ newest Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot, IFR HeliSAS. As the name implies, this version of HeliSAS is certified for flight into Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) conditions. HeliSAS reduces workload during demanding conditions with lateral, vertical, and approach autopilot modes. Designed to keep the helicopter safely in the flight envelope, IFR HeliSAS also offers low and high-speed protection.
“With more Black Hawks becoming available for a variety of special-missions, offering an alternative to the costly – and increasingly unsustainable – legacy avionics is critical for fleet longevity,” said Nick Bogner, Director of Business Development. “The Genesys avionics suite offers a lower cost solution while increasing safety and mission capabilities. Additionally, with newer and more rugged avionics, operators can expect higher operational readiness rates, making this a compelling upgrade.”
“We are proud to bring this solution to market as the primary installer or through our partnerships around the world. With help from Genesys, we have been able to breathe new life into these airframes,” said Rod Allison, President of XP Services. “The personalized service and support we’ve received from Genesys have been unparalleled. They’ve been with us every step of the way while we tailor the capable avionics suite to the Black Hawk platform.”
The STC certification is expected in the summer of 2020. For more information, visit www.xpservices.us or www.genesys-aerosystems.com.
About Genesys Aerosystems – Genesys Aerosystems is a leading provider of integrated avionics systems for military and civil customers. Genesys Aerosystems’ avionics systems include synthetic vision with three-dimensional highway-in-the-sky navigation, integrated flight management and hazard alerting, and ultra-compact, highly ruggedized sensors that provide ultimate customer benefits of increased safety, improved dispatch rates, mission flexibility, and seamless future growth. Approved for all classes of aircraft, the company’s uniquely customizable open-architecture systems dramatically reduce integration costs and schedules for both OEM and retrofit applications. Genesys Aerosystems’ Helicopter Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot (HeliSAS) adds to its extensive range of S-TEC autopilot solutions and brings added safety within the reach of a host of operators for whom such systems were previously too expensive or heavy. For more information, visit genesys-aerosystems.com.
About XP Services – XP Services, headquartered in Tullahoma, Tennessee, is a developmental flight test organization specialized in aircraft modification, certification and airworthiness qualification testing. Comprised of the most experienced and select professionals from US military and OEM test organizations, XP Services is committed to the development of next generation aviators and aviation technologies. With over a century of combined aviation experience and extensive knowledge of military and civilian flight operations, the XP Services team is perfectly equipped to provide efficient solutions to support its clients’ goals and missions. For more information on XP Services, please visit www.xpservices.us.