Headsets Designed for Helicopter Use
Germany’s beyerdynamic has unveiled two new headsets developed for use in helicopters — the HS 600 digital adaptive noise reduction (DANR) Rotor and HS 200 Rotor, which features passive noise attenuation. The HS 600 DANR uses a microprocessor with a software algorithm to eliminate background noise, as well as the accompanying feeling of pressure on the ears. The headset comes with a coiled cable and a Nexus U-174/U jack plug. Two batteries power the HS 600 DANR, and a XLR connector is available for onboard power supply. The HS 200 Rotor also uses a coiled cable and Nexus jack plug. Each aviation headset comes with a five-year warranty. Contact beyerdynamic at 1-800-293-4463 or visit www.beyerdynamic.com.
Helicopter RGB Lighting from Magnaray
Magnaray International of Sarasota, Fla., is offering advanced red-green-blue (RGB) fluorescent lighting systems for use in maintenance operations involving helicopters. The company says that RGB lighting provides an alternative to high intensity discharge (HID) and other lighting sources, leading to savings in energy and replacement costs. Magnaray describes the HID lighting as powerful and imposing, but not as energy efficient as RGB. "Even though HID lights may appear to be quite bright, they are also very expensive to operate in terms of energy and maintenance," explains Bob Malone, president of Malone Controls, a San Jose, Calif.-based company that designs and installs controls and energy-related systems. Magnaray President Larry Leetzow adds that quality of light is more important than quantity of light. Magnaray is a division of the World Institute of Lighting and Development Corp. For more information contact Magnaray Intl, 1-941-755-2111 or visit www.magnaray.com.
Two-Way Borescope Helps Inspect Tight Areas
East Longmeadow, Mass.-based GenScope has introduced its Arti-flex borescope, which is designed to provide flexibility and control in tight areas with multiple turns, where accurate inspections are hard to accomplish. The borescope is intended for aerospace and precision casting industries, as well as off-line inspection labs and the automotive industry. It features EasyGlide two-way articulation and a rugged, fused fiber-optic image bundle with more than 10,000 flexible glass fibers. Arti-flex is available in various diameters as small as 2.5 mm and in different lengths. The device is compatible with video adapters, digital cameras and battery-powered light sources. Company representatives are available to assist with system selection and training. For more details about Arti-flex, call GenScope at 1-800-839-9038 or visit www.genscope.com.
Safety Glasses Protect Eyes from Sun, Forceful Impacts
Gateway Safety is offering 4x4 Sport safety glasses, which protect the eyes from extreme impact as well as ultraviolet rays. The Cleveland, Ohio-based company says the glasses deflect 99.9 percent of UV-A and UV-B rays. Part of a line that includes the 4x4 Style and base 4x4 versions, the Sport model is ideal for outdoor jobsites. Features include polycarbonate lenses with an anti-scratch coating, a soft nosepiece and flexible temple tips. The 4x4 Sport comes in four colors — sunset red, horizon blue, iridescent green and sterling silver. Contact Gateway Safety at 1-800-822-5347 or visit www.gatewaysafety.com.
AS350/355 Air Conditioner Features Lightweight Design
DART Helicopter Services (DHS) has released an air conditioning system for the Eurocopter AS350 and AS355 series. Developed around customer requests, the system weighs 50 lbs, which the Piney Flats, Tenn.-based company says is much less than other systems currently available. All of the main components of the system can be mounted on the transmission deck, keeping the baggage compartment free and easing maintenance. The system uses aluminum microfin heat exchangers for the condenser and evaporators, which are lighter and more compact. For additional information, contact DHS at 1-800-556-4166 or visit www.darthelicopterservices.com.
Latitude, Technisonic Partner on Radios
Canadian firms Technisonic Industries and Latitude Technologies Corp. have teamed up to upgrade the TDFM 7000/7300 series of multiband FM radios. The Technisonic radios will include a new software option featuring the ability to control Latitude’s Satellite Gateway S200-SG11. The S200-SG11 will supply satcom, flight tracking and messaging services via the TDFM display and controls. The combination of the units will free up panel space necessary with multiple radio controllers, according to the companies. For more information about Technisonic Industries, Mississauga, Ontario, call 1-905-890-2113 or visit www.til.ca. Victoria, BC-based Latitude Technologies can be reached at 1-888-966-5599 or www.latitudetech.com.