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CH146 Griffon Limited Life Extension (GLLE), presented by the VFS Ottawa-Montreal Chapter


Overview of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Griffon Helicopter (Bell 412CF) midlife upgrade program; including Canadian Government project steps and retrofit model, Bell’s Proposed solution with focus on the new Mission Management System, development approach,  handling of airworthiness certification and new Cybersecurity requirements, and use of digital thread.

Donald Falardeau was appointed as Program Manager for the Griffon mid-life upgrade program and is overseeing all aspects of the upgrade including the design, manufacturing, retrofit of the fleet (83 A/C), training, sparing and transition to in service support.  Scope of the mid-life upgrade is a complete rewire and avionics replacement package (including a digital engine) to address obsolescence and civil navigation rules to prolong the useful life of the Griffon into the 2030's and 40's

Andrew Sayer returned to Bell in 2019 to take up the role of ILS Manager and Certification Lead on the GLLE project, which he continues to fill to this day.

Pierre Drouin was appointed as Manager, Systems Engineering for the Griffon Limited Life Extension program and is overseeing the engineering aspects of the program. In this position, Pierre manages a team of over 35 individuals of various specialties responsible for preparing airframe & electrical drawing as well as system schematics, test plans & reports and other engineering certification documents. His team also oversees all the software development conducted by suppliers.

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