Electronic flight instrument with installation kit provides an easy and cost-effective upgrade from electromechanical and first-generation electronic flight system ADI/HSI functionality to a modern, capable, and future-proofed cockpit

OAK CREEK, WISCONSIN – JULY 22, 2020 – Astronautics Corporation of America, in partnership with Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG), is pleased to announce that RSG has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SR01048DE for Astronautics’ AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) on Bell 412/412EP/412HP/412SP/212 helicopters.  STC validations from European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), and Agencia Federal de Aviación Civil (AFAC) are expected near term.

RSG is the 412/212 STC holder and Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) installation kit provider for the RoadRunner EFI on these Bell platforms, as well as an Astronautics authorized dealer and installer.

The RoadRunner EFI combined with the installation kit is an easy-to-install and cost-effective direct replacement for existing attitude director and horizontal situation indicator functionality to a modern and more capable cockpit.

Approved for single-pilot instrument flight rules, the retrofit decreases operator workload and increases operational/safety capability by enabling localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) approaches and RNAV with capable GPS while interfacing to multiple aircraft sensors.

The EFI provides operators readability in all lighting conditions (including NVIS compatible), familiar and easy-to-use controls, reduced operating and maintenance costs, and minimal downtime for installation.  The unit is easily upgradeable with field-loadable software.  Synthetic vision and helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (HTAWS) are the next planned enhancements to the instrument.

“STC approval provides Bell 412/212 operators access to the cost, ease, and safety benefits of Astronautics’ RoadRunner EFI, enabling them to modernize and future proof their cockpits while eliminating pricey repairs,” said Astronautics Vice President of Sales and Business Development Greg Plantz.  “Astronautics designed the RoadRunner EFI as an easy-to-install upgrade solution.  Operators can quickly replace aging electromechanical instruments with a modern, more capable system in the time it takes for a regularly-scheduled maintenance visit.”

The RoadRunner EFI has an FAA STC for Leonardo A109/119 helicopters with EASA and Brazil Agência Nacional de Aviação validations, along with India Directorate General of Civil Aviation validation for A109E helicopters.

Astronautics’ authorized dealer network sells and services the RoadRunner EFI, including this 412/212 upgrade. For more information on the EFI, visit RoadRunner.Astronautics.com or contact busdev@astronautics.com.  For more information on the STC, installation kit, and full installation, contact RoadRunner@RotorcraftServices.com or call +1.888.545.8371.

The RoadRunner EFI is a direct replacement for existing attitude director and horizontal situation indicator functionality to a modern and more capable cockpit.


About Astronautics

Astronautics Corporation of America, headquartered in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, is a global leader in the design, development, and manufacture of secure avionics equipment and systems for the commercial and military aerospace industry. Key product areas include electronic primary flight and engine displays, connected aircraft and cyber solutions, electronic flight bags, and certified servers for airborne applications. Services include avionics system integration and custom software for critical applications. Since its founding in 1959, Astronautics has been providing trusted, reliable, and tailored solutions to help clients achieve mission success.  Astronautics is the parent company of Kearfott Corporation, headquartered in Woodland Park, New Jersey.  For more: www.astronautics.com.

About Rotorcraft Services Group

Rotorcraft Services Group, located in Ft. Worth, Texas at Meacham International Airport, is a multidiscipline helicopter services group offering leading engineering, testing, certification, maintenance, repair, customization, overhaul services, as well as specialty products and rapid prototyping.  RSG is a Bell Customer Service Facility for 206/407, 212/412, 505 and 429 models and service 204/205/214ST/220/230/427/430/OH58/UH-1/TH1 and TH67.  RSG’s 78,000 square foot FAA-approved service center is staffed with industry leading experts and factory trained A&P mechanics.  RSG produces highly complex designs, modifications, and rebuilds complete with FAA Certifications for both civil and military applications. For more: www.RotorcraftServices.com or +1.817.625.0192.