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US Forest Service Approves New Airborne Communications System

By Woodrow Bellamy III  | April 29, 2014
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[Avionics Today April 29, 2014] The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has approved the RT-5000P radio for installation and use by its operators in wild land fire situations. 

The RT-5000 radio from Cobham. Photo, courtesy of Cobham Aerospace.

The approval will allow USFS operators to begin installing the RT-5000P, developed by Cobham Aerospace, in their aircraft fleets. The radio is Project 25-compliant across all voice communication bands, delivering a maximum interoperability AM/FM, 29.7-960 MHz, and 10 watts across all bands for increased broadcast distance and clarity.
USFS operates a mixed fleet of helicopters, air tankers and Air Transport (AT) aircraft. 

“We believe this development will significantly improve inter-agency communications and ultimately enhance airborne public safety communications,” said Tim Rayl, sales and marketing director for Cobham Aerospace Communications.  

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