Trine Aerospace Adds Caravan Camera Mount STC
by Matt Thurber
October 22, 2014, 11:25 PM
The FAA has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) to Trine Aerospace & Defense for installation of Trine’s retractable camera mount system (RCMS) in the Cessna 208 Caravan single-engine turboprop’s cargo pod.
Based in Colorado Springs, Col., Trine Aerospace (Booth 4492) specializes in engineering, manufacturing and modification and avionics repair and installation on general aviation, commercial and special-mission aircraft. It also pioneered developed of aerial surveillance camera mounting systems. The company developed the RCMS, which protects the camera from FOD when the aircraft is operating on unimproved fields and from lightning strikes while airborne. Trine’s RCMS is currently installed on 12 aircraft types and it is capable of mounting the FLIR Systems Star Safire 380-HD and the Wescam MX-15HDi surveillance camera systems.
The new Caravan STC includes the RCMS, mission console, surveillance camera system, dual 21.5-inch LCD flight displays and a console operator’s seat with five-point harness and mounting pallet. Pro Star Aviation of Manchester, N.H., did the work to install the STC on the Caravan and provided FAA Organization Designation Authorization support for the STC program.
In June, Trine Aerospace announced that retiredU.S.Air Force Lt. Col. Lee Taylor joined the company asCOO. Taylor assumed responsibilities for operations at the company’s headquarters and reports directly to Britt Ham, the company’s president andCEO.
More recently, Trine received FAA approval to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul services on rotary-wingaircraft. Trine opened a 30,000-sq-ft commercial modification facility at Colorado Springs Airport in January and employs four helicopter mechanics, a helicopter inspector and a helicopter test pilot. The helicopter certification comes on the heels of Trine’s receiving FAAPart 145 approval as a certified repair station inApril.
“Trine is one of the few facilities in our region with helicopter repair station certification,” said Ham. “The certificate enables us to serve our customers better by providing in-house repair and replacement of non-warrantied parts as well as avionics and installation repair.”