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American Eurocopter announces WAAS certification on EC135, EC145

23rd December 2010 - 20:38 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Today, American Eurocopter's FAA Organization Delegation Authorization (ODA) issued Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Supplemental Type Certificates (STC's) for both the EC135 and EC145. These STC's have upgraded the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) single- or dual-pilot configuration and are predicated on the use of either the Garmin GNS 430W or 530W in conjunction with a type-certified MEGHAS display system.

"This achievement further demonstrates American Eurocopter's commitment to advancing safety and bringing technology to its operators and the rotorcraft industry" said Marc Paganini, President and CEO. "We will continue to invest in innovation and state-of-the-art capabilities for our helicopters to meet the ever evolving requirements and needs of our customers."

With WAAS, EC135 and EC145 operators will now have the ability to utilize previously unavailable landing sites during inclement weather on IFR flights. Hospitals, metropolitan heliports, remotely located heliports and offshore oil rigs are now more accessible in IFR conditions. With the addition of vertical coupled guidance information, pilots can execute steep-angle approaches at published runway GPS approaches and point-in-space heliports.

The EC135 and EC145 helicopters have become the aircraft of choice for a variety of missions throughout the United States, especially the air medical industry which has undergone a number of changes within the last few years. The regulations and requirements governing the industry have expanded to include more advanced technologies to help support the pilots and operators. The EC135 and EC145 continue to meet and exceed current proposed regulations, and both will continue their leadership position as the preferred platforms.

Source: American Eurocopter

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