FAA Certifies Powerline Detection System For Enstrom 480B | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 09.15.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.15.14 **
** Airborne 09.12.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.12.14 **
** Airborne 09.10.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 09.10.14 **

Wed, Apr 27, 2011

FAA Certifies Powerline Detection System For Enstrom 480B

Currently In Use In Thailand For "Avoid Don't Cut" Low-Level Flying

The FAA has issued a Type Certificate to Safe Flight for the Powerline Detection System. Safe Flight and Enstrom are currently working towards an STC that will allow for a retrofit installation to existing in-service 480 operators. The Powerline Detection System will also be offered as a production option from the Menominee Michigan based Enstrom Helicopter Corporation.

Enstrom has begun delivery of the Powerline Detection Systems equipped 480B model helicopters to the Royal Thai Army as part of a 16 aircraft contract award. The helicopters will be used primarily for training purposes and will be based at the army's aviation centre in Lopburi province in central Thailand.

The addition of Safe Flight’s Powerline Detection System is a key component in the contract award to provide the Royal Thai Army with the Enstrom 480B model helicopters. The Powerline Detection System is being installed in lieu of wire cutters for an “avoid don’t cut” approach to low level helicopter operations.


File Photo

A multi-role light turbine helicopter, the Enstrom 480B series has now been certified in 29 countries and has already been operated in over 35 countries. With over 130 aircraft in the field now, the 480B is proving to be a popular choice for a wide range of applications, including personal transport, flight instruction, law enforcement, power line patrol, executive transport (charter), electronic news gathering, pipeline patrol, aerial photography, sightseeing, and cargo/passenger delivery.

Safe Flight’s Powerline Detection System has been FAA and EASA certified and is currently being operated worldwide. PDS is an extremely lightweight and passive system that alerts the aircraft pilot and crew when approaching an energized power line in a heads up attitude. The system provides a visual and aural warning to the crew. As the aircraft approaches the danger the aural warning intensifies allowing the pilot to avoid contact with the hazard altogether.

FMI: www.safeflight.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 09.15.14: ForeFlight's iOS8 Caution, Boeing v Al Jazeera, Expedition 40

Also: EAA On NTSB Drug Study, Remember 'Ripcord?', FAA Loosens Up In SAR UAV Use, Curiosity Arrives At Martian Mount, IAF Worries About Social Media With much fanfare, Apple rolled>[...]

Airborne 09.12.14: Alan Klapmeier's $10M Win, OWW Progress, 3rd Class Update

Also: Zero-G Engine Repo, Collier Trophy, EAA Addresses FAA Hangar Use, CAF's Dallas Air Expo While it comes as no surprise to those of us that have had to deal with Cirrus Aircraf>[...]

Airborne 09.15.14: ForeFlight's iOS8 Caution, Boeing v Al Jazeera, Expedition 40

Also: EAA On NTSB Drug Study, Remember 'Ripcord?', FAA Loosens Up In SAR UAV Use, Curiosity Arrives At Martian Mount, IAF Worries About Social Media With much fanfare, Apple rolled>[...]

AD: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2014-07-04R1 PRODUCT: Certain Sikorsky Model S-92A helicopters.>[...]

AD: DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Gliders

AD NUMBER: 2013-22-14 R1 PRODUCT: Any DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Model DG-1000T glider equipped with a Solo Kleinmotoren Model 2350 C engine.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC