This website uses cookies
More information
Air bp
Air bp
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.

Why visit ACE ’24?

Related background information from the Handbook...
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.

Request your printed copy

Alpine plays it cool with Bell TCCA certificate
While many other international airworthiness authorities continue to accept the crew barrier as a minor modification, Aerotech knew the STC was essential for Canadian operators to fly with little or no interruption.
The kit was initially pursued as a minor modification.

British Columbian rotorcraft specialist Alpine Aerotech, in collaboration with Port Aerospace, has received a Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) STC for its crew barrier system for Bell medium aircraft. Initially accepted as a minor modification, Aerotech ultimately pursued an STC in response to guidance from TCCA certification and airworthiness.

“We are the only STC’d solution in Canada,” explains Taylor Wilson, manager of manufacturing at Alpine Aerotech. “We became aware of an airworthiness directive in Canada that classified the installation as a major modification. After talking with Transport Canada we immediately switched gears to obtain the STC.”

While many other international airworthiness authorities continue to accept the barrier as a minor modification, Aerotech knew the STC was essential for its Canadian operators to continue flying with little to no interruption.

The crew barrier system was developed in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and is specifically designed to create a non-permeable barrier between the crew and passenger compartments. It provides an added level of protection against the transmission of airborne droplets that may contain the virus. This new STC is applicable to all generations of Bell 205, 212 and 412 aircraft. Aerotech has also received TCCA DAR minor modification acceptance for the Bell 407, and has a 429 version currently in development.

Other News
 
Bell achieves certification for BasiX-Pro retrofit kit
March 26, 2024
In an effort to increase reliability, situational awareness and decreased pilot workload, the BasiX-Pro kit delivers the latest integrated flight deck, high-resolution displays as well as engine data and flight operation recording.
Blackcomb hooked by Onboard for Canadian launch
March 2, 2024
Blackcomb Helicopters is going to be the Canadian launch customer for the forthcoming medium Bell HEC dual cargo hook system from Onboard Systems.
Abu Dhabi Aviation signs CSF agreement with Bell
February 28, 2024
As an authorised Bell customer service facility, ADA will provide service for Bell 212, 412 and the Subaru Bell 412EPX commercial aircraft. It will also support a regional demo tour of the Subaru Bell 412EPX.