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August 12, 2014
The Scorpion helmet mounted sight and display (HMSD) system from Thales provides color symbology and video for both day and night missions, improving situational awareness among crews aboard armed helicopters. Photo courtesy Thales The military began using night vision technology as early as the 1950s. When decreasing size and increasing performance finally put night vision technology in the hands –...
August 12, 2014
On August 8, Sikorsky Aircraft of Stratford, Conn., announced that the Federal Aviation Administration certified the V400 avionics software for the S-76D helicopter. The technology increases the capabilities of the twin-engine helicopter, allowing the aircraft to operate single-pilot under instrument flight rules.  According to the company, the V400 software, which can be installed by the...
August 11, 2014
Direction Finding SAR from Techtest Ltd. Mission-critical factors for life saving SAR operations include: maximum detection range of emergency beacon transmissions, flight time to locate the beacon(s), available time at the rescue site. These parameters are addressed by the Techest DF SAR. 121.5 MHz, 156.8 MHz, 243 MHz and 406 MHz are cyclically scanned providing 360 degrees DF bearing. The system is...
August 7, 2014
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America, subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation, has...
August 6, 2014
Simplex Portland, Ore., United States With its advanced engineering capabilities and many years of experience, Simplex offers a one-stop solution for nearly every helicopter mission. Aerial firefighting is one of those strengths. Simplex has close relationships with fire departments and forest services across the globe. Because of this, their systems are getting bigger and better while reducing weight and...
July 25, 2014
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has enlisted AgustaWestland to integrate, test and install the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) Heavy and Light missile systems onto 28 Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat helicopters. The contract, worth approximately $150 million, was announced at the Farnborough...
July 14, 2014
Bell AH-1Z Super Cobra in action. Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded Elbit Systems of America (ESA) two contracts worth a total of $14.1 million for equipment connected...
July 11, 2014
Norway-based Airlift AS will be adding Latitude Technologies’ IONode ION3A FDM recording and reporting devices to the Latitude SkyNode S200 flight-tracking, voice, and data...
July 10, 2014
Extant Components Group Holdings, Inc. has completed the acquisition of the AIM line of standby instruments from L-3 Communications Avionics Systems. The AIM instrument product line will become part of Extant’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Symetrics Industries in Melbourne...
July 2, 2014
Forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras are used for a host of military and civilian rotary wing applications, everything from law enforcement and pipeline patrol to detecting oil spills around drilling platforms and locating oil reserves under ice in Alaska. Law enforcement operators use them to locate marijuana fields. An operator with a FLIR camera can fly over a quarry and by comparing the current...
June 27, 2014
Lightspeed Aviation has launched Zulu PFX, its new ANR aviation headset. The headset is designed around Lightspeed's new proprietary Personal Flying Experience (PFX) technology, which allows the headset to adapt to its user and the cockpit environment, creating customized ANR responses and a personalized audio profile. This technology includes:  Acoustic response mapping uses sound waves and advanced...
June 25, 2014
Bell Helicopter’s Aeronautical Accessories brand is now supplying North Flight Data Systems’ voice, video and flight data recorders. The system allows Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operators to meet requirements of the omnibus helicopter safety rule issued by FAA earlier this year. FAA has granted a supplemental type certificate...
June 23, 2014
Ducommun Incorporated has received a long-term agreement from AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation to...
June 17, 2014
Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a new multimode maritime surveillance radar on the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that is expected to enhance long-range imaging and search capabilities for Navy commanders...
June 12, 2014
Duke Airborne Systems has designed a robotic remote weapon system (RMS) for use in helicopters. The RWS incorporates land-based technology on an airborne platform, reducing the need for attack helicopter...
June 11, 2014
There is an impressive variety of tugs and dollies available for every conceivable type of rotary wing operation: wheels, manually controlled dollies, electric and gas-powered tugs, and powered platforms – some with wireless remote control. When maneuvering on a ramp or in and out of a hangar there is equipment that will pull, push, lift and perform the task at hand safely and efficiently. Some units...
June 11, 2014
An Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) is simply a device that, when activated in the event of an unplanned landing or accident, sends out a distress signal pinpointing your location. It’s the one device that you hope you never need, but in the event that you do you want it to work perfectly. There are several things to consider when looking at ELTs. Most older ELTs, which were notoriously...
June 6, 2014
EuroTec Canada and SkyTrac Systems have successfully captured and transmitted data from a helicopter vehicle engine monitoring device (VEMD) into engineering units...
May 30, 2014
Custom Helicopters has chosen SkyTrac’s flight following solution to optimize their operations. Custom provides services including mineral exploration, power line...
May 30, 2014
Thales will provide its integrated electronic stand-by instrument (IESI) to modernize the Esquilo/Fennec helicopter fleet of the Brazilian Army. A total of 36 helicopters will be retrofitted with the Thales system, with completion expected in 2018. The first batch are planned to be completed by 2014, when Thales’ IESI...
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