COLUMBUS, Ohio, MARIETTA, Ga., LONDON and SYDNEY, Oct. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Spirit Aeronautics, a world class leader in aircraft services, has developed an avionics upgrade program that modernizes Lockheed C-130H/L-382 Hercules aircraft to allow worldwide flight operations in both military and civil airspace utilizing commercially available equipment that not only provides state-of-the-art landing technology but also adds NextGen capabilities such as Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) that can be integrated with Flight Management Systems (FMS) for increased safety and reduced aircrew workload.
"Cost-effective platform based solutions for military and government operations are just one of our specialties," said Tony Bailey, President & COO. "We established a team of experts and centered their efforts towards creating a modernization path for operators that utilize commercially available and proven systems with FAA approved equipment that is capable of integrating with the legacy avionics system of the C-130H/L-382 Hercules aircraft. It is a tremendous cost saving alternative for aging aircraft that allows for longer aircraft life while meeting demands of an ever changing operational requirement."
"Enhancing the legacy C-130H/L-382 Hercules Avionics architecture with our simple yet elegant solution will provide operators with the ability to operate during times when local Instrument Landing System facilities are not reliable or in locations that they may not exist. This allows for them to fly safely in inclement weather conditions or in to remote areas where and when they are needed the most," said Rick Ochs, Chairman & CEO. "This solution provides aircrews with Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) GPS based Lateral Navigation & Localizer Performance (LNAV) with Vertical Guidance (LPV) landing approach capability utilizing Commercial Off the Shelf equipment. In addition, this project provides for a direct path to acquire NextGen capability by meeting the WAAS GPS system requirements for ADS-B approvals. We are very proud to offer our C-130H/L-382 Hercules solution to enhance the safety of aircrews without the undue costs in time and money normally required to gain a much needed operational capability that is long overdue."
About the C-130 Hercules
The Lockheed C-130 aircraft is the most reliable military transport aircraft operating in the world today with a commercially available equivalent operated everyday all over the world by over 72 different nations in various roles from military transport to humanitarian relief. The C-130 family of aircraft has the distinct title of being the longest continuous production run aircraft of any military type in history and in 2007 became only the fifth aircraft type to achieve 50 years of continuous service with its original primary customer. The C-130H Hercules is a multi-role aircraft with a 2,360 mile (3,800 kilometers) range at speeds up to 336 miles per hour (MPH).
About Spirit Aeronautics
Spirit Aeronautics, a trade name of Spirit Avionics, Ltd, located in Columbus, Ohio is a growing industry leader offering worldwide aviation services to corporate, military, private, government and commercial aircraft operators. Spirit Aeronautics is primarily engaged in the refurbishment, design, development, completions, management, engineering, material supply, integration and sustainment of Business, VIP, VVIP, Military and Government aircraft.
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