This issuance marks the beginning of a new era, being the first COTS IFR and RNAV certified flight deck upgrade for the UH-60/S-70 family of helicopters.
The ACE DECK VL-60 STC provides operators with the first certified solution to overcome legacy cockpit obsolescence. With over 20,000 flight decks in service worldwide, ACE leverages the technology, service, and support of Garmin.
Carl Wolf, Garmin Vice President of Aviation Sales and Marketing, said: “Congratulations to Ace Aeronautics on the certification of the G5000H integrated flight deck in the UH60/S-70 family of helicopters. The state-of-the-art G5000H offers superior situational awareness with modern features such as Synthetic Vision, HTAWS, ADS-B In/Out and more. These features combined with the flexible architecture of the G5000H, make it an ideal solution for these operators and their unique missions.”
The ACE DECK VL-60 reduces pilot workload, enhances safety through increased situational awareness, and features a pilot interface. The app-based interface features a shallow menu structure, allowing pilots to quickly and efficiently access critical flight data. Exclusive software enhancements, only found in the ACE DECK VL-60, feature Engine Indicating and Crew Alerting System presentation, including Torque and Rotor Inset on the Primary Flight Display as well as an industry-leading Synoptic view of aircraft systems.
Darrell Kindley, ACE Aeronautics President and CEO, said: “The ACE DECK VL-60 is an ideal solution for commercial, public and military H-60/S-70 operators. Our STC establishes the certification foundation for future customers who wish to integrate specific mission equipment needs into their existing H-60/S-70 fleet. The ACE DECK VL-60 open architecture allows for seamless integration of customer-unique mission equipment packages without impacting the civil airworthiness pedigree.”