How Digital Cockpits Improve Blackhawk Helicopter Avionics

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Genesys Aerosystems has partnered with XP Services on their new UH-60 project. The new system takes advantage of the partnership between XP Services and Genesys and leverages both companies’ abilities to build the best in Blackhawk cockpits.


XP Services, which stands for “experimental pilot,” was chosen as a partner for the UH-60 project for their vast avionics experience.

“The Blackhawk is a workhorse in the industry, but what it struggles with is failure-prone avionics,” Genesys Aerosystems Director of Business Development Nick Bogner said. “Genesys system replaces a lot of the legacy instrumentation and provides a fully-integrated cockpit.”

“I have been fortunate over the past 20 years to fly numerous glass cockpits, and this one is a new level of situational awareness,” said XP Services Chief Pilot Instructor John David Wellington.

The new system boasts several new instrumentation features, replacing the outdated avionics. It has Four IDU-680s that are NVG compatible.

“It is almost like flying VFR looking at the IDU-680s,” said Wellington.

They also replace the obsolete gyros and include IFR HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System.

“I got to fly the aircraft from the very first iteration of Genesys equipment installed on the aircraft,” said Jim Wright, Director of Engineering for XP Services. He noted that every goal and the regulatory requirement was met, and he has his total confidence.

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