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Luma Technologies has announced the addition of the Bell 206, 206L, and 412 platforms to its list of certified LED caution warning panels for retrofit and fleet modernization programs. Luma’s latest supplemental type certificates (STCs) cover installation of their Lumatech TM4000 Series LED caution warning panels as a drop-in replacement to the incandescent/OEM versions that have been standard on these venerable workhorses since first entering commercial service in the mid-’60s and ’70s.
“This is a big deal” says Luma’s Bruce Maxwell,”as it marks our first major offerings to the rotary market since our early days on FX AS350/355performance kits. We’re well-known in the fixed-wing market for our LED replacement panels for King Air, Beechjet, and other platforms, but other than a solution developed for the CH-47D we’ve had nothing for the broader rotary-wing market as a whole. Now 206 and 412 operators can get immediate relief from ongoing lamp-outs, broken and intermittent cap assemblies, costly repairs, and a dwindling reserve of affordable spare parts. Nothing wrong with dropping in a brand new LED display and a five-year warranty to go with. The whole process takes less than two hours and is easily combined with other routine maintenance. There’s going to be a lot of happy campers out there.”
“Even better, the206 and 412 panels come to market incorporating Luma’s goggle-ready design philosophy delivering FAA-approved sunlight readable aviation colors without adversely affecting NVG performance,” Maxwell says. “It’s a big deal because it allows an operator an affordable certification path should they choose to configure the aircraft for dual role capability or future NVIS operations down the road.”
He’s quick to point out Luma is not in the NVIS modification/certification business. “One still needs to work with their preferred integration provider if an NVIS certification is involved but the process is much more streamlined than in the past. For some, it’s as simple as getting their provider to amend their existing STC package to recognize and add the Lumatech panel to the MDL; or for new projects it is part of the installation from the get go. This integrated dual-use approach isa key part of the STC package, so there’s no need for subsequent panel mods with a mish-mash of reworked cap assemblies, filtered lamps and lenses all cobbled together. Lumatech LED panels assure FAA-approved sunlight readable aviation colors in a goggle-ready package straight out of the box, including a five-year warranty to boot!”
Pilots have long suffered with burned out lamps and sun-bleached hard to read legends since day one. Luma solves all that with laser crisp, easy to read LED annunciation all in a single NVIS friendly plug and play solution. The STCs are separate for the and 412 platforms (part 27 and part 29 categories). Maxwell is hopeful it can go to an AML format as more platforms come online in the future (Sikorsky -S76, Airbus/Eurocopter, etc.).