The supplemental type certification (STC) was based on a previous approval granted by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which covers the system’s installation on the H125/AS350 B3 helicopter platform.
The announcement also follows the awarding of similar STC approval for the Foresight MX’s installation on the H125 by Transport Canada Civil Aviation in March 2022.
Todd Powers, Vice President and Head of Sales at GPMS noted that the certification of the product in Brazil was a significant step forward in terms of the company’s expansion in South America, due to the country’s large number of H125/AS350 operators.
The approval process was supported by Helisul Aviação, a Brazilian aviation services provider who will become the first customer in the country to implement the Foresight MX on its aircraft.
“We are excited to have worked with a great partner like Helisul to achieve this certification,” Powers said. “Thanks to their help, H125 operators in Brazil can now install and utilize Foresight’s comprehensive and predictive HUMS capabilities.”
Luis Cravo, Helisul’s Technical Director added: “We were able to work very closely with the GPMS team during the STC process and learned a lot about the capabilities of the Foresight system. The H125 is a workhorse in our fleet and performs a variety of missions. Using Foresight on this platform is seen as an investment because it will help us increase availability, lower maintenance costs, and, of course, improve the operational safety of these aircraft.”
To support the demand for Foresight in North and South America, GPMS recently announced the expansion of their Certified Installer Network to fifteen full-service helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and completion centers.