North Flight Data Systems (NORTH FDS) has entered into an agreement with Phoenix Heli-Flight to equip their EC130 and AS350B3 helicopters with their integrated flight data system. NORTH FDS has applied to Transport Canada for validation of their AS350/EC130B4 FAA STC, which will cover AS350B3 and EC130B4 installations. The first Canadian installations will be performed on Phoenix Heli-Flight’s airframes located in Ft McMurray.
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The flight data system is comprised of a Voice and Video Recorder (CV2R), Multi-function Data Acquisition Unit (MFDAU) and Quick Access Recorder (QAR). It is the first affordable Lightweight Aircraft Recorder System (LARS) that is fully integrated into the Airbus helicopters. The system far exceeds the recent ED155 data capture guidelines, and enables the operator to record almost 100 engine and airframe parameters, as well as six individual audio channels with the video recording. The system has been given STCs on seven different helicopter models, and has been installed in over 175 aircraft. The recorded airframe and engine data is supplemented by an internal Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) data stream, and can capture hook load or other accessory equipment data.
The agreement includes the upgrade to the new integrated Outerlink IP satcom system powered by ViaSat as announced at the recent Air Medical Transport Conference. The new IRIS system will incorporate the first commercial rotorcraft use of real-time situational awareness technology. This will allow customers to receive 10-second position reports, which include immediate alerts and warnings about vehicle condition and operation. The new IP network allows for an uninterrupted connection and gives customers constant access to their aircraft including multicast packet voice-based Push To Talk (PTT).
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