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SPAES GmbH & Co. KG, February 29, 2020 - Karlsruhe, Germany - For a customer SPAES replaced an ADF antenna from the lower front fairing to the tail boom. The ADF antenna and the preinstalled RAD ALT antennas had to be readjusted together on a console.
Due to the installation of a Nightscanner® - a search and landing light - in the lower fairing the preinstalled ADF antenna need a new mounting place. After investigating of the possibilities, the ADF antenna was moved from the lower fairing to the tail boom. The optimal position was located between the two RAD ALT antennas.
“It had to be ensured that the specified distance between the ADF antenna and the RAD ALT antennas was maintained exactly, so that they do not interfere with each other in the frequency ranges”, says Nikolas Kares, Head of Part 21G Production Organisation of SPAES.
The development of the console as well as the preparation of the installation and production documents were carried out at SPAES own Part 21J Design Organisation. In close contact with the helicopter manufacturer, the design and certification of the antenna console was carried out.
For installation of the ADF antenna the new wiring was routed to the new antenna position. The mounting bracket were manufactured and assembled according to manufacturing specifications at the customer's own Part 145 maintenance Organisation.
After completion of the installation and the approval documents a Minor Change was issued by SPAES.
The change is for the Airbus BK 117 A-1, A-3, A-4, B-1, B-2, C-1, C-2, D-2 available.
About SPAES: The SPAES GmbH & Co. KG is a successful company in the aviation sector. Specialized in technical solutions, the portfolio includes products and services for aviation, but also the development and certification of devices, own products and systems as well as their integration and certification in the aircraft. These are certified according to European Technical Standard specifications (ETSO).
As an independent EASA Part 21J design organization SPAES offers the execution of Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), Minor Change and Minor Repair for the areas of avionics, cabin, structure, electrical systems and medical equipment.
For the Minor Change and STC SPAES produces installation kits in its own EASA Part 21G production facility, which are installed in the aircraft by Part-145 companies.
As the requirements for development and type test engineers in aviation are constantly increasing, SPAES also carries out training in the field of large and small helicopters (CS29/27) and small aircraft (CS23).
Joachim Schanz, Managing Director SPAES GmbH & Co. KG, founded the company in Mannheim in 2014. In 2019 the headquarters was moved from Mannheim to Karlsruhe.