Norsk Luftambulanse selects Polycon Wireless Intercom System for helicopters

Norsk Luftambulanse selects Polycon Wireless Intercom System for helicopters

18-Apr-2011 Source: Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics’ partner, Axnes Aviation AS, just announced the sale of the Polycon Wireless Intercom Extension system to Norsk Luftambulanse AS (Norwegian Air Ambulance AS) for retrofit into their entire EMS fleet of helicopters. The product will be installed in the company’s ten EC135s and one EC145, as well as in their lead company, Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation’s one EC135, throughout 2011. Retrofits will be accomplished as the helicopters are brought in for servicing. The Polycon Wireless Intercom product will be integrated with the existing Becker Avionics audio and intercom system, the AS3100, on each aircraft.

The installation is engineered by Heli-One, the world’s largest provider of third-party helicopter maintenance and a member of the CHC Helicopter group. This certification is classified as a “minor” modification under their EASA Part 21 J approval (EASEA GM 21A.91), and will include design verification testing, non-ingression verification, antenna radiation pattern and crosstalk prevention, as well as mechanical and structural systems assessments. Thus, no STC is required.

The Norwegian Air Ambulance Fleet Manager, Mr. Lasse Dahl, commented regarding the background for obtaining the Polycon Systems for their helicopter fleet, said: “It has long been a request from our EMS personnel to be able to communicate with their helicopter when operating outside of the aircraft during rescue missions. During tests, the Polycon product has proven that it will provide our operating units with this capability, even over long distances and under difficult environmental conditions. Bottom line, we believe the Polycon system will improve safety and efficiency in our daily operations.”

About Polycon Wireless Intercom System

Polycon communication system was developed by professionals, for professionals and its superior performance and unique patented features are unmatched by competitors. The Polycon system was also developed in close cooperation with professional Search and Rescue (SAR) teams. The system fully integrates the external operating crew into the aircraft intercom system and provides increased situational awareness and constant un-interrupted communication between crew members which is critical to mission execution. The Polycon system has become standard equipment in SAR helicopters from major European helicopter manufacturers and other aircraft OEMs.

Features include:

  • Wireless Intercom Extension
  • Waterproof design (1m)
  • Rugged construction
  • Long Range (10-15 nm)
  • Effective Noise Canceling technology
  • Hands Free Operation
  • Accurate and Dependable Voice Activation technology
  • Casualty Communication
  • Multiple Aircraft Certifications
  • Small Physical Size (Base Station & Transceiver)

The System provides semi-duplex communication, based on 16 optional channels (Standard 409 – 419 MHz, UHF). Additionally, the system provides two operational modes, PTT operation or ‘No Interrupt’ Voice X-mission (NIVOX) activation and allows for TX output power adjustment up to 0.5 W.

The mobile transceiver is waterproof to 1 meter (3 feet), or up to 24 hours in a submersion vest.

With its integral microphone built into the mobile transceiver, helmet removal is not required to speak to a casualty/patient.

The unique patented antenna (isotropic radiation non-directional) provides outstanding performance, and a typical range with external antenna of up to 10 – 15 NM, or line of sight.

The Aircraft Mounted Base Station is qualified to RTCA DO-160D, with installations flying on the most popular SAR Helicopters, such as the EC135, EC145, AS332L2 / EC225, S-76, S-92, and AW139.

The Polycon system is also used in other applications, such as:

  • Mechanics working with running engines
  • ”Pre-Flight ground checks”
  • On / Offloading of personnel
  • Ground personnel when using sling loads
  • Inter-operations with ships, boats, and ground personnel
  • Inter-operations with ground rescue teams
  • Mechanics on the ground when conducting short test flights
  • Loadmasters on larger helicopters and aircraft

About Norsk Luftambulanse AS

Norsk Luftambulanse AS is a Norwegian company operating an air ambulance helicopter service in support of their public authorities. NLA AS operates eight of Norway’s 11 air ambulance helicopter bases. At Lørenskog outside Oslo, the company also operates a larger helicopter suitable for the transport of patients requiring advanced medical treatment and surveillance. The company provides medical practitioners to the rescue helicopter based at Ørland and the ambulance helicopter service at Dombås. Read more at www.norskluftambulanse.no

About Axnes Aviation

Axnes Aviation AS specializes in developing, manufacturing and distributing advanced and highly durable wireless intercom systems for use under harsh conditions in aircraft and on other operational platforms.

In close cooperation with SAR operators, Axnes Aviation developed the Polycon system, a Wireless Headset Communication System that seamlessly integrates an audio and intercom system for fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and has been supplying this product to the Aviation industry for 10 years.

Axnes Aviation was founded in 1995, and is a privately held company.

The company is located in Norway with offices in Grimstad and Stavanger, close to SAR and EMS operator bases, as well as helicopter operations responsible for servicing SAR and transportation needs of the Oil & Gas industry in the North Sea.

Axnes Aviation AS products are standard and optional equipment for most major rotary wing aircraft suppliers.

Read more at www.axnes.com

About Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics is a privately held high-tech company that develops, manufactures and distributes the latest communications, navigation, surveillance and search & rescue equipment for airborne and ground applications.

Becker Avionics has a longstanding history of over 50 years in providing equipment to General and Corporate Aviation, ATC, law enforcement and military organizations around the world. In order to support international market requirements the Company has established branches around the world. Becker Avionics supports an extensive customer base, such as, but not limited to

Eurocopter, EADS, Airbus, British Aerospace, ATR, CASA, RUAG, Xi’an Aircraft Corporation, Agusta-Westland, Pilatus, German Air Force, Navy and Army, German Border Patrol, German Police, Austrian Army and Police, Swiss Air Force, Dutch Police, Security Civil, Irish Air Corps, Egyptian Navy, Indonesian Navy, Portuguese Air Force, US Army, US Air Force, US Navy and US Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, etc. For more information see:

www.beckerusa.com or  www.becker-avionics.com.

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