Maximum Pilot View Kit For perfect visibility

Our Maximum Pilot View Kit provides unrestricted pilot view to the most important mission sectors for the H125/AS350 helicopters. Factor 10 visibility improvement! EASA and FAA STC approved!

MPVK is nicely to be seen during the Heliski teaser of Air-Glaciers Sion

H125/AS350 «ECUREUIL» /«SQUIRREL» IS BY TO DATE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SINGLE ENGINE, MULTI- PURPOSE HELICOPTER

  • «Ecureuil / Squirrel» has the best performance in its class
  • However, pilot visibility is insufficient; and pilot head space is limited – critical factors during demanding operations
  • Known visibility improvements do not resolve the restricted pilot view to a satisfying level and to a high professional standard

THE MAXIMUM PILOT VIEW KIT INCREASES THE PILOT’S VERTICAL VIEW BY FACTOR 10!

  • «Lama-like» view in the «Ecureuil» /«Squirrel»: Unrestricted pilot view to all mission sectors
  • Better view allows for safer operation in bad weather conditions
  • Pilot comfort is substantially higher

ADVANTAGES ARE SIGNIFICANT

  • Improved operational safety
  • Improved efficiency – higher operator and customer satisfaction
  • Less pilot fatigue

COSTS ARE COMPELLING

  • Investment being paid back within 500 flight hours (assuming 10 % efficiency increase)
  • Investment will retain its value and being paid back when selling the helicopter
  • Possible reduction of insurance rate of 15% on ,comprehensive cover’ due to increased safety

PROBLEM Pilot visibility is a key factor during demanding heli- copter operations (sling operation, law enforcement, military and other). The standard field of view in the H125/AS350 is insufficient for such operations.  

COMPROMISE The known visibility improvement solutions (floor window, door removal, external mirror, bubble door) have major disadvantages:

  • No permanent view to the load at sling operation
  • Consequently loss of efficiency (increased cycle time)
  • Safety issues, specifically in bad weather operations
  • Dependency on ground crew (radio contact) at pick-up and drop-off
  • Pilot fatigue

SOLUTION MAXIMUM PILOT VIEW KIT provides unrestricted pilot view to the most important mission sectors (right side up, vertical down) by:

  • Enlarging cabin floor window to 350 % of existing floor window
  • Adding a new bubble door, thus providing more space for the pilot’s head and uninterrupted view by a huge, single piece window
  • Maximizing visibility from vertical down to the upper door frame without almost any obstructions
  • Providing 25mm (1.0in) more head (helmet) space at the upper door frame

DE-MODIFICATION KIT Swiss Rotor Solutions are currently developing a de-modification
kit that will remove the MPVK installation and revert the rotorcraft to the same external configuration as the standard H125 /AS350; as an option, this reversion would retain a floor viewing window.

INSTALLATION

  • The modification is EASA STC approved (STC No. 10060578)
  • FAA /TCCA/ANAC STC validation in progress
  • The modification kit is delivered with an EASA form 1, applicable to all H125 /AS350 versions B2 /B3
  • Certification requirements for the installation on EASA registered aircraft: EASA Part 145 MOE Small Rotorcraft CS27 / H125/AS350 rating
  • Swiss Rotor Solutions offers a mobile team and /or instructor to install the MPVK
  • Installation effort will require approximately 70 to 110 man hours
  • No out of phase maintenance required
MPVK visibility
MPVK visibility

STATEMENTS

  • “We believe that once operators see your design it will become a “must have” on all 350’s doing utility work.” (Fonnafly, Norway)

 

  • “If the A Star would have had this kit, we would not have purchased Bell helicopters.” (helicopter operator, US Government)

 

  • “As soon as it is certified, we will install it on all our AS350 helicopters.” (big AS350 operator, Canada)

 

  • “This is what we were waiting for the last 20 years.” (big AS350 operator, Italy)

 

  • “This is now a real solution, not just a compromise others do.” (AS350 operator, Australia)

 

  • I decided to stay on AS350 with the Maximum Pilot View Kit instead of switching to Bell products.” (CEO Austria Helicopter operator, order received)
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Move inside an interactive cockpit with and without the Maximum Pilot View Kit. Simply click into the image and move in all directions.

DELIVERY TIME

  • EASA STC was issued on Dec 21st 2016
  • Ready to supply and support installation throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand
  • The lead time of the MPVK is dependent on the time of order
  • Estimated maximum units of delivery per month is five
  • The earlier the order is placed the sooner the kit is delivered
  • FAA / TCCA / ANAC STC validation is in progress and expected shortly

PRICING & GENERAL CONDITIONS

  • Pricing
    For product and installation service pricing contact us – +41 33 657 7000 – http://www.swissrotorsolutions.ch/contact/ – info@swissrotorsolutions.ch
     
  • Insurance
    First Insurance companies accepted a reduction of 15% on ,comprehensive cover’ if the MPVK is installed; due to increased safety by the enormous pilot visibility
     
  • Delivery priority
    By paying the deposit, the purchaser ensures his kit number in the order of orders received. The date of the deposit determines the priority of the purchased item (first come, first served).

INSTALLATION & CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Depending on the experience the effort to install the complete Kit is around 70 – 120 man hours
  • Swiss Rotor Solutions elected certified part 145 installation organization
  • Swiss Rotor Solutions offers a mobile team and/or instructor to install the MPVK on EASA registered aircraft under the EASA Part 145 MOE of the selected installer
  • Certification requirements for the MPVK installation on EASA registered aircraft: EASA Part 145 MOE Small Rotorcraft CS27 / H125/AS350 rating

 

INSTALLATION & CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Depending on the experience the effort to install the complete Kit is around 70 – 120 man hours
  • Swiss Rotor Solutions elected certified part 145 installation organization
  • Swiss Rotor Solutions offers a mobile team and/or instructor to install the MPVK on EASA registered aircraft under the EASA Part 145 MOE of the selected installer
  • Certification requirements for the MPVK installation on EASA registered aircraft: EASA Part 145 MOE Small Rotorcraft CS27 / H125/AS350 rating

APPROVED MPVK INSTALLERS ON EASA REGISTERED AIRCRAFT

  • Several Installers/Installation Partners are currently under investigation
  • Name and place of installers listed here soon
What's the VNE?

145kts up to 3’000 ft MSL. Above 3’000ft according RFM (143 kts 4’000 ft /140 kts at 5’000ft.

What's the decrease in cruising speed?

No measurable differences have been shown before & after the installation. Mark that the design does not allow the airflow to stall.

What does the rain gutter, mountet on the very lower part of the door, help for?

It prevents rain drops to glide down to the lower window in order to not disturb the vertical visibility; works in light rain.

Is it a vertical floor window or just a hole for the vertical visibility?

It is just a hole to avoid sun reflextion by viewing thru two glases. The outer glass is planned to be removable in order.

How do I prevent passengers to step in the vertical window?

Two possibilities exist in order to prevent PAX to step in the hole; 1st a full side ,step-in-board’ which closes the lower window completely; weight up to 300kg/660lb are allowed to step on. 2nd; as an option, you can order a small ,step-in-board’, which closes only about the rear 30% of the hole; fold and unfold possible by the pilot.

How do you make sure that the lower window is not fogged at high humidity days?

The standard heating tube below the pilot seat has been turned to the right; allowing the pilot to blow hot air thru a wide vent direct in the lower window. The hot air then moves upwards to unfog the RH door window and heat the cabin.

Is the vertical window removable in order to have direct sight to the load without viewing through a glas?

Work is in progress to achieve the removal of the outer glass by quick release screws. No sun deflections and agreeable temperatures and ventilation at hot OAT will be the result. Glass can be stowed in the side cargo-hold.

By what reason you call the MPVK a hugh safety increase?

By providing the pilot a big vertical visibility, he’s eyes can cover more reference points (Reference points are required to hold the helicopter stable without instruments). Furthermore the pilot has a much bigger field of awareness; obstacles, loose goods and other dangerous subjects are recognized instead of being hidden. And long horizontal loads are now visible.

What about helmet freedom by flying vertical reference?

The new door provides 25mm/1inche more helmet freedom compared to the standard door.

Why does a European Insurance company lower the comprehensive insurance by 15% when I have the MPVK installed?

They recognized the huge increase in safety by providing the pilot unobstructed view to the RH and vertical.

How shall I payback the investment?

By avoiding incidents & accidents because of the high visibility. Safe Insurance costs ($ 6’000/year); Increased value of your helicopter, payed back by selling the helicopter; get more contracts by customers interested in increased safety.

Does a SB for deinstallation of the Kit exist when I want to sale my helicopter?

Work is in progress; expected to be available end of 2017. Remark: Used helicopter market is very interested to find AS350’s with MPVK installed.