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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Heli-Expo Show Day: Sagem Highlights "Glass" Solutions

Ernie Stephens

SAGEM AVIONICS BRINGS FOUR BOOTHS WORTH OF NEW products to Heli-Expo, including glass-cockpit solutions for the Bell, Eurocopter, Robinson and Sikorsky families of helicopters.

Each system replaces standard "steam" gauges with flat-panel, multi-function display screens designed to provide critical flight and systems information in colorful, easy-to-read formats.

Other examples of their flight deck systems will be on display aboard aircraft at booths belonging to partners such as Air Methods (Booth 1043), FDC Aerofilter (Booth 537) and United Rotorcraft Solutions (Booth 1337).

Sagem (Booth 413) will also be displaying its autopilot system, as well as demonstrating its AGS (Analysis Ground Station) flight-quality assurance program, and soon-to-be-released web-based training system.

Sagem Avionics is a leading manufacturer of integrated cockpit display systems (ICDS), offering 6-, 8-, and 10-in display panels for fixed-wing and rotorcraft applications.

The ICDS displays — Models ICDS-6, ICDS-8, or ICDS-10 — are interchangeable and may be installed in portrait or landscape orientations. Sagem Avionics’ open architecture design allows equipment interchangeability throughout the life of the system.

The Sagem ICDS can be configured for primary flight display (PFD) and multi-function display (MFD), individually or in combinations.

Sagem Avionics hosts primary flight and composite engine data on the PFD, with multiple navigation sources available via electronic heading situation indicator. The MFD has many functions Sagem’s competitors have yet to achieve, the company claims, such as reversion mode providing display back-up capabilities, composite modes displaying PFD and engine one-panel data, full engine management system (EMS) data, moving maps, and topographical features.

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