airbus, srs promoting use of mpvk on h125/as350 helicopters

March 6, 2019

Airbus  Helicopters  and  Swiss  Rotor  Service  (SRS)  have  signed  a Memorandum  of  Understanding  to  cooperate  in  the  promotion  of  the  Maximum  Pilot  View  Kit (MPVK) for the H125 and older variants of the AS350 single-engine helicopter (B2 & B3 versions). This will enable customers to have the MPVK installed directly by Airbus Helicopters on newly-built H125’s coming out of its final assembly line in Marignane (France) or out of its worldwide Customer Centers network. 

Designed  specifically  for  the  H125,  the  MPVK  consists  of  a  large  lower  viewing  aperture  and transparent fuselage window fairing, which multiplies by ten the field of view of pilots during vertical work operations. Providing unrestricted pilot view below and to the right hand side of the aircraft, the kit improves the H125 mission capability and enhances the safety for pilots and ground crews in demanding operations such as sling loading, firefighting, confined area operations, search and rescue and emergency medical services, as well as any tasks requiring to operate near the ground and obstacles.

“We are striving to constantly improving the safety, performance and versatility of the H125 in order to  better  meet  our  customers’  expectations”,  said  Axel  Aloccio,  Head  of  the  Light  Helicopters Programme  at  Airbus  Helicopters.  “With  the  MPVK,  which  will  be  available  this  year  in  new helicopters  but  also  on  retrofit,  the  H125  will  further  increase  its  mission  capability  in  important market segments and provide enhanced mission safety”.

Swiss Rotor Solutions AG was founded in 2013 with the purpose of offering services and products for the helicopter industry. The MPVK STC is already EASA, FAA, TCCA, ANAC Brazil and DGAC Mexico approved. “We are really happy to start this cooperation with Airbus Helicopters to further promote the use of the MPVK among H125 operators”, said Thomas Bolzli, CEO of SRS. “At present there are about 30 aircraft equipped with the kit but with a fleet of about 2000 H125/AS350 currently dedicated to work depending on high pilot vertical visibility, we are very optimistic for the future success of this kit”.