11-Feb-2011 Source: Becker Avionics
Becker Avionicsâ€™ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected by Mercy Flight Inc. of Buffalo, NY, for integration into their newly purchased Bell 429 light-twin helicopter and one of their existing BK117 EMS helicopters.
The new aircraft will be delivered by Bell Helicopter Tennessee (formally Edwards and Associates) to Edwards and Associates during the first quarter of 2011.
The BK117 will soon undergo avionics modification at Helicopter Specialties, Inc. in Janesville, WI, and will be specifically tailored to the needs of Mercy Flight. The DVCS6100 was chosen due to its unique ability to effectively manage and control all audio sources in the helicopter.
Beckerâ€™s Digital multi-channel audio and intercom system, with its software configurable profiles, provides the flexibility to specifically customize the system to meet the demanding operational requirements of Mercy Flight. The DVCS6100 manages all transceivers, receivers and audio warning sources in one central system and provides simulcast capabilities on 8 channels.
Marc Boies, Director of Operations for Mercy Flight, said â€œBeckerâ€™s DVCS6100 is well suited to support our air medical service operations. The excellent Man-Machine-Interface, outstanding field reliability, the possibility to transmit on up to 8 channels simultaneously, and its crystal-clear audio quality made the DVCS6100 our audio system of choice on our BK117 and new Bell 429. Ultimately, weâ€™d like to standardize the remainder of our existing BK117 fleet with the Becker digital audio product.â€
Brett Gardner, Director of Sales and Marketing at Becker Avionics, commented, “We are excited that Mercy Flight selected our product, further confirming that our aircraft Digital Audio system is further gaining broad acceptance throughout the Air Medical Service community. We are the worldwide brand leader in aircraft Digital Audio and intercom solutions for Helicopter and Fixed-Wing aircraft applications; itâ€™s one of our best selling products. This DVCS6100 is an ideal solution for Mercy Flightâ€™s EMS operations and will serve them well.â€