United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS), and partner Ahlers Aerospace, were awarded an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate for their Night Vision Lighting modifications on the Bell 430.
This modification incorporates externally mounted filters that improve day light readability. The design also reduces installation time and cost, according to company officials. The external filters allow the modified component to remain generic, retaining the advantages of local repair and/or overhaul.
This is the eighth STC for night vision modifications awarded to URS and Ahlers. They now hold FAA certification on the Bell 206, 407 and 430 models and the Eurocopter AS350B2/B3, BK117, EC130 and EC135. STCs are pending for the Bell 412 and the Eurocopter EC120 and EC145.