Mineral Wells-based Genesys Aerosystems recently announced it has received Supplemental Type Certification for its avionics suite utilizing the IDU-680 and supporting sensors in the Leonardo TH-119 helicopter.
This STC also certifies the TH-119 for Single Pilot Instrument Flight Rules operations (SPIFR).
The TH-119 is the only single-engine helicopter in decades to meet current IFR requirements, allowing pilots to operate the aircraft safely in low visibility and challenging weather conditions, thanks to advanced avionics by the Genesys Aerosystems IDU-680 and redundant helicopter flight systems.
The Genesys configuration certified on the TH-119 includes four IDU-680 displays in a dual-sided PFD/MFD format with dual redundant ADAHRS, dual GPS/FMS, dual Data Acquisition Unit (DAU), and other supporting sensors.
The Level A certified IDU-680 is a large EFIS display that offers high-resolution LCD glass depicting 3D Synthetic Vision, Highway-In-The-Sky (HITS), Enhanced HTAWS, Integrated FMS, Hover Vector, and many more features.
“This is an incredible accomplishment for both the team at Leonardo and Genesys. The Leonardo TH-119 is now the only currently offered single-engine helicopter to meet the current IFR requirements, and we are proud to have played an integral role with our highly versatile IDU-680 EFIS,” stated Gordon Pratt, VP of Business Development for Genesys Aerosystems.
Based on the successful AW119, the TH-119 is Leonardo’s bid to replace the U.S. Navy’s fleet of aging TH-57 training helicopters. IFR certification is a core requirement for the U.S. Navy’s training helicopter replacement program, also known as Advanced Helicopter Training System TH-73, formerly TH-XX.
If selected, up to 130 TH-119s will be built at Leonardo’s existing FAA Part 21 production facility in Philadelphia, where all AW119s worldwide are manufactured.
Genesys Aerosystems is a leading provider of integrated avionics systems for military and civil customers. Genesys Aerosystems’ avionics systems can be offered individually or integrated to provide an entire cockpit. Its synthetic vision Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) revolutionized safety in low-level flight operations and is now approved on more than 700 aircraft and helicopter models. Genesys Aerosystems’ Helicopter Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot (HeliSAS) adds to its extensive range of S-TEC autopilot solutions and brings added safety within reach of a host of operators for whom such systems were previously too expensive or heavy.
For more information, visit https://www.genesys-aerosystems.com/.
Leonardo is a global high-technology company and among the top 10 world companies in aerospace, defense and security. It is Italy’s main industrial company. Organized into five business divisions, Leonardo has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the USA, where it also operates through subsidiaries such as Leonardo DRS (defense electronics), and joint ventures and partnerships: ATR, MBDA, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space and Avio.