Oceania Aviation, August 07, 2017 - Oceania Aviation Limited (OAL) head-quartered in Auckland, New Zealand announces that its Part 145 Manufacturing division, Airborne Systems, has obtained the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for their Airbus H125, nee Eurocopter AS350 and AS355, series Cargo Pod.
While dozens of Oceania Aviation’s Cargo Pods have been actively operating in New Zealand and Canada in Heli-skiing, Tourism, Logging and routine Utility Operations; Airborne Systems Managing Engineer, Mr. Russell Goulden, is delighted that the much coveted FAA STC has finally been awarded after years of personal effort.
Goulden is no newcomer to developing specialist helicopter role equipment and his expertise has been recognized globally during the development of barrier inlet filtration, external hoisting and avant-garde agricultural spray systems. He [Goulden] has lead the Airborne Systems design of the world’s first H125 Bike Rack (also FAA approved), a H125 Pilots Seat Slider [lateral] for VREF operations and Spray Systems for both the H125 and MD500 series helicopter.
The fully composite cargo pod utilizes state-of-the-art materials designed for strength and lightness and is the epitome of externally mounted cargo storage accessories for the left side of the H125 series aircraft. The OAL Cargo Pod uniquely features the ability to carry a class leading 265 lbs (120 kg) complementing the highest internal capacity available.
Airborne Systems first gained NZCAA Supplemental Type Certificate for their Eurocopter AS350 Series Cargo Pod in December 2011 followed by the Eurocopter AS355 Series in December 2012. Exploiting the US/NZ bilateral relationship and using the United States of America / New Zealand Technical Implementation Procedures, attained the FAA STC on July 7th 2017.
Approvals for the Airborne Systems H125 Cargo Pod include the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ), Transport Canada (TC) and now FAA.
Oceania Aviation is a New Zealand owned and operated business with a diverse suite of aviation solutions for fixed and rotor wing aircraft. These include aircraft sales, component overhaul, piston and turbine overhaul, maintenance, blade and composite repair, avionics install, and propeller overhaul.
Carrying a CAANZ Part 145, CAANZ Part 148, CAANZ Part 19F and EASA Part 145, Oceania Aviation also represents many leading aviation brands such as Robinson, MD Helicopters, Lycoming, Garmin, Continental Diesel, and Bendix King.