SPAES GmbH & Co. KG, July 08, 2020 - Karlsruhe, Germany - The technical solutions company SPAES designed a mounting bracket for the Airbus AS350 helicopter to be used by a new external mirror and carried out the approval.
The customer's Airbus AS350 helicopter is used for external cargo flights. In order to have the attached load in view even with long rope lead, the existing load mirror had to be exchanged for a larger one.
The existing mirror was especially too small, in the longitudinal axis. For additional support it was nevertheless retained and moved from the right side to the left side. A larger mirror from the same manufacturer was chosen for the desired field of view after consultation with the customer.
SPAES developed a new mounting bracket on the basis of the defined specifications and the aviation requirements. In the first step, the mounting bracket was produced as 3D printing model for adaptation to the helicopter. After final coordination and release, the prototype was manufactured with the suitable final material.
The new mirror and the mounting allows an optimal electric adjustment via the motion switch during flight. The mirror can also be readjusted mechanically.
"Due to the new position and attachment of the mirror, the pilot can ideally align the mirror according to the length of the load rope and thus always has the external load under control" says Joachim Kies, Head of Operative Business at SPAES.
After manufacturing of the mounting bracket, SPAES carried out a pull test to check the material for its loading capacity. For the modification a Minor Change was issued. The installation of the mounting was carried out in the customer's own Part 145 company.
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.