Howell Instruments Selected by MD Helicopters to Engineer a State-of-the-Art Engine Instrumentation System for Single Engine Helicopters

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New Engine Instrumentation System Provides Precise Data In A User-Friendly, All-Glass Format

MD Helicopters has selected Howell Instruments, Inc. to engineer a customized Engine Instrumentation System for use in the production of new single-engine helicopters. The new Engine Instrumentation System, comprised of a Data Acquisition Unit (DAU), two Display Units by Aspen Avionics and a configuration model, will provide precise data in an easy-to-use, all-glass format to enhance both pilot safety and performance.

Designed with a modular architecture to maximize flexibility and increase functionality, the system will deliver advanced features such as:

  •     Enhanced exceedance monitoring and notification
  •     Digitized and prioritized CAS messaging
  •     Dual-channel design with full segregation, ensuring no single point of failure for the system
  •     Software certification to DO-178B DALA

Bill Milton, VP of Business Development and team lead for the DAU project comments, “Howell’s relationship with MD Helicopters is a great opportunity to combine our expertise in data acquisition & analysis with an industry leader in vertical aviation. Our shared customer-centric focus ensures we are providing an innovative product based on customer input to increase operational efficiency. Additionally, the capacity for future system expansion promises real potential for the aviation community.”

“We are excited about this partnership with Howell and the opportunity to deliver advanced technologies and enhanced aircraft performance to MD operators worldwide,” said Craig Kitchen, Chief Commercial Officer for MD Helicopters. “Upgrading to the all glass cockpit will provide a platform baseline for a range of future performance enhancements for our single-engine fleet.”

A representative display unit will be featured this week at the annual Airborne Law Enforcement Association Exposition in Savannah, GA.

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About Howell Instruments, Inc.
Howell Instruments, Inc. is a privately-owned aerospace engineering company headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. With over six decades of aviation and engineering experience, Howell designs and produces leading-edge aviation solutions and products for military and commercial customers across the globe including: cockpit engine instrumentation, gas-turbine testing equipment, advanced airborne engine monitoring systems, and test cell data acquisition systems. Howell Instruments provides specialized engineering services, as well as complete overhaul of ground support equipment. For more information about Howell Instruments, Inc., visit our website at

About MD Helicopters, Inc.
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company, is a leading manufacturer of commercial, military, law enforcement and air-rescue helicopters. The MDHI family of rotorcraft is world renowned for its value, versatility and performance, and includes the twin-engine MD 902 Explorer, and single engine versions of the MD 600N, MD 520N, MD 500E, MD 530F and MD 530G. The innovative NOTAR® system for anti-torque control with no tail rotor – a key feature of the MD 902, MD 600N and MD 520N – is used exclusively by MD Helicopters to provide safer, quieter performance and confined-area access capability. For more information about MDHI, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, or visit

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