VIHA Upgraded AS350 For Helimax Aviation
VIH Aerospace (VIHA), Canadian provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announces the delivery of an upgraded Airbus Helicopters AS350 to American-based Helimax Aviation
VIH Aerospace, June 10, 2015 - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – VIH Aerospace (VIHA), a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services announces the delivery of an upgraded Airbus AS350 to Helimax Aviation Limited on June 3rd, 2015.
“The upgrade to Helimax Aviation’s AS350 was comprised two elements. The first was the installation ofa wire strike kit; which is a routine installation for the VIH Aerospace team,’ explains Arne Arneson, General Manager of VIH Aerospace.
Arneson continues, expanding on the more complex nature of the second half of the upgrade to equip the aircraft for United States Forestry Services (USFS) contracts. ‘Upgrades include a new audio system for the pilot and passengers comprised of two AEM AMS-43 ICS units, a DZMX satcom/flight-following system; two TDFM136 digital FM radios; a USFS Aux FM radio interface, USB power hubs and a new Radar Altimeter unit interfaced into a Garmin G500H display. Integration of this equipment and accompanying antennas, etc,” he explains.
Arneson brings specific attention to the calculated approach necessary to determining how and where the new equipment and antennas were to be positioned and installed for proper operation. Additionally, CAD modeling; detailed engineering wiring diagrams and mechanical drawings were developed for submission to obtain the various levels of required Federal Aviation Administration approvals.
The end result of the project is that Helimax’s AS350 is now a modernized version that offers enhanced levels of safety and capability. The aircraft is fully-compliant to perform rigorous contract work on behalf of the USFS, as well as a variety of other ‘on demand’ operations.
VIHA offers a comprehensive suite of services including: aircraft refurbishment/completions, structural repair, component overhaul, paint, avionics and electrical installations, modification and upgrades, scheduled inspections, product engineering, Supplemental Type Certificate Development and parts/special operations equipment sales. Aircraft types supported by VIHA include: Bell Helicopter 205/206/212/407/222/230, Sikorsky S-61 and S-92 and Airbus AS350
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