Toronto, ON | Jul. 25, 2018
Field Aviation has been awarded a second contract to supply its Flight Deck Modernization, P880 Weather Radar Upgrade and Air Operable Door STC kits for the second Dash 8 aircraft to join the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights aerial demonstration team. The first Dash 8 Series 300 aircraft joined their fleet in 2017 and also had these Field Aviation STCs installed.
Both Dash 8 aircraft are modified extensively to meet the specific needs of the Golden Knights. The Field Aviation modifications include its Dash 8 Flight Deck Modernization STC which improves pilots’ navigation and situational awareness by removing over 30 individual electromechanical and electronic flight and engine instruments, and combining this information on five Universal Avionics EFI-890R flat panel integrated smart displays. This system has previously been incorporated on multiple aircraft for airline and special mission operators worldwide.
Field Aviation’s STC for the Honeywell Primus 880 Weather Radar upgrades the factory-installed legacy Primus 800 system on these and many other Dash 8 aircraft. This STC brings the system in line with current standards and ensures its long term viability since many of the legacy system components are becoming obsolete. This weather information gets integrated into the EFI-890R displays.
The Field Aviation Dash 8 Air Operable Door (AOD) STC modifies the aircraft to allow the existing 50” (1.27m) wide by 60” (1.52m) high inward-opening OEM cargo door to be opened in flight, making it ideal for the egress of the professional Golden Knights aerial demonstration team.
“Our modifications on these two Dash 8 aircraft aid the Golden Knights team in safely flying and exiting the aircraft,” stated Rob Baseggio, Field Aviation’s VP of Business Development. “We are very pleased that we can contribute to the professionalism of this team and to the execution of their mission as United States Army ambassadors of the sky.”
About the U.S. Army Golden Knights
The Golden Knights are United States Army Soldiers who have become ambassadors of their service, upholding the prestige, honour, high standards, and esprit de corps of the United States Army Parachute Team. They are one of only three Department of Defense-sanctioned aerial demonstration teams, along with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The team is composed of approximately 95 men and women, including four parachute units, an aviation unit and a headquarters. The demonstration teams use dedicated aircraft to perform at more than 100 events per year. The tandem section is known for taking Soldiers, celebrities and heads of state on jumps, and the competition section focuses on winning national and international skydiving events.
For more information please visit https://www.goarmy.com/events/golden-knights.html
About Field Aviation
With over 70 years of experience creating unique technical solutions, Field Aviation is recognized as an industry leader in the design, manufacture, installation, flight test, and certification of modifications for commercial and special mission aircraft. Field Aviation has more than 300 STCs, 175 of which are on the Bombardier Dash 8 platform. Also recognized for its capabilities in avionics and interior upgrades, Field Aviation offers flight deck modernization, customized interior reconfigurations and refurbishments, and cargo conversions. Field Aviation is also a parts manufacturing and sub-assembly center of excellence for aircraft OEMs, and an avionics equipment dealer and authorized service center. With its innovative team of engineers and technicians, Field Aviation consistently demonstrates its expertise and dedication to making ordinary aircraft extraordinary.