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    Night Vistion System for H145

    German helicopter workshop earns renewal certification for installation of new night vision imaging system (NVIS) on H145 helicopters


    Night Vistion System for H145

    SPAES GmbH & Co. KG, August 01, 2020 - Due to the installation of new tactical radios in four different helicopters a new NVIS certification was required. Two engineers from SPAES were on the customer's location for the tests.

    Tactical radios were installed in the customer's helicopters for communication between the pilots and the rescue services on the ground. With the conversion, the existing NVIS certification of the four helicopters have to be renewed. For the new certification SPAES carried out the necessary ground tests in the customer's own hangar.

    During the tests the readability of the lighting conditions at day and night were checked. The light source intensity of the avionics in the cockpit with NVIS goggles switched on was examined. For the new certification it was important that the electronic components do not dazzle the pilot's view and create no reflections when using goggles. All devices must be readable under different light intensity conditions. A luxmeter and a tri-bar chart were used for the verification. During the test the hangar was completely darkened.

    "In order to be able to test under realistic conditions the tests are carried out at night. The darkening of the hangar is unsatisfactory for optimal conditions. A complete darkening of the hangar is hardly feasible due to existing light leaks", explains Joachim Schanz, CEO of SPAES.

    All four tests on the helicopters were successfully carried out and completed. "The review and the new NVIS approval ensure that there are no restrictions on the use of night vision goggles" clarifies Joachim Kies, COO of SPAES.

    After completion of the tests and the finalization of approval documents a Minor Change was issued by SPAES.

    About SPAES: The SPAES GmbH & Co. KG is a successful company in the aviation industry. 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 aircrafts. 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 aircrafts (CS23).

    Joachim Schanz, CEO of SPAES GmbH & Co. KG, founded the company in Mannheim in 2014. In 2019 the headquarter was moved from Mannheim to Karlsruhe.

    This article is listed in :
    --Helicopters Outfit Gear
    Eurocopter EC145




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