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Brazil’s ANAC Grants Additional STC for ALERTS System

Brazil’s ANAC Grants Additional STC for ALERTS System Supplemental Type Certificate Covers AS350 Helicopter Models

FARGO, ND (11/30/09) -- Appareo Systems, LLC is pleased to announce that it has received an additional Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the ALERTS Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) system. Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), Brazil’s national civil aviation agency has issued the STC for the Eurocopter AS350 and has granted earlier STC’s for Bell 206 and 407 aircraft. ALERTS has previously been granted STCs for the same aircraft types in the United States and Canada. ANAC has validated FAA STC SR02686CH and issued their own STC 2009S08-01 against it.

ALERTS – Aircraft Logging and Event Recording for Training and Safety – is a comprehensive FOQA and Flight Data Management (FDM) system designed for light and legacy aircraft where more traditional flight data recorders are too large and costly to be viable choices. As a comprehensive system, ALERTS makes an effective FOQA/FDM program available to operators of any size. The STC is a document that is granted by ANAC when the applicant has received approval to modify an aircraft from its original design.

"Appareo Systems is pleased that the ANAC has issued this STC for the ALERTS system," said Ben Wright, Appareo Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "With this certificate, Brazilian operators of the popular AS350 will be able to enjoy the same safety and training benefits that the ALERTS system has shown in other light helicopters around the world." The STC applies to the airborne portion of the ALERTS System, the GAU 2000 & RMS 2000. The GAU 2000 is a lightweight unit that gathers flight data with an integrated GPS and a sophisticated inertial sensing suite. Requiring only aircraft power and ground and weighing roughly two pounds, the GAU 2000 can be mounted in nearly any type of aircraft. The gathered flight data is recorded to an SD memory card and an internal crash hardened memory and is later transferred to the software portion of ALERTS, which automatically analyzes the data for any events that are outside of standard operating procedures. These events are then forwarded to the system administrator for further action. Additionally, all recorded flight data is stored in a database that can generate detailed reports on any aspect of the fleet’s performance, further improving safety, pilot training and efficiency.

As a leader in FOQA/FDM solutions for light and legacy aircraft, Appareo Systems will continue to advance the ALERTS system’s capabilities and seek additional aircraft certifications in the future.

About Appareo Systems, LLC Founded in 2001, Appareo Systems, LLC is a vibrant and growing company with significant experience in electronics design and engineering. Appareo creates high-value commercial products and custom engineering services through the innovative application of cutting-edge technology. Appareo Systems is based in Fargo, ND.

Appareo’s innovations have been lauded by industry associations, independent media outlets, university programs and private pilots alike – they have charted new territory in flight safety by bringing innovative products designed for light and legacy aircraft to a market where none have existed in the past.

For more information contact:

John Pedersen, Communications Coordinator

Appareo Systems, LLC

(701) 367-7008



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