MD selects Howell for Engine Instrumentation System

MD selects Howell for Engine Instrumentation System

21-Jul-2016 Source: Howell

MD Helicopters has selected Howell Instruments, Inc. to engineer a customized Engine Instrumentation System for use in the production of new single-engine helicopters. The new Engine Instrumentation System, comprised of a Data Acquisition Unit (DAU), two Display Units by Aspen Avionics and a configuration model, will provide precise data in an easy-to-use, all-glass format to enhance both pilot safety and performance.

Designed with a modular architecture to maximize flexibility and increase functionality, the system will deliver advanced features such as:

  • Enhanced exceedance monitoring and notification
  • Digitized and prioritized CAS messaging
  • Dual-channel design with full segregation, ensuring no single point of failure for the system
  • Software certification to DO-178B DALA

Bill Milton, VP of Business Development and team lead for the DAU project comments, “Howell’s relationship with MD Helicopters is a great opportunity to combine our expertise in data acquisition & analysis with an industry leader in vertical aviation. Our shared customer-centric focus ensures we are providing an innovative product based on customer input to increase operational efficiency. Additionally, the capacity for future system expansion promises real potential for the aviation community.”

“We are excited about this partnership with Howell and the opportunity to deliver advanced technologies and enhanced aircraft performance to MD operators worldwide,” said Craig Kitchen, Chief Commercial Officer for MD Helicopters. “Upgrading to the all glass cockpit will provide a platform baseline for a range of future performance enhancements for our single-engine fleet.”

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