30-Nov-2011 Source: Sandel
Sandel Avionics has announced it has delivered its first production WireWatch wire alerting application to MSP Aero of Minneapolis, MN, for installation in a fleet of Agusta A109 helicopters operated by North Memorial Medical Center (NMMC) of Robbinsdale, MN. The industryâ€™s first onboard wire-strike avoidance device, WireWatch, a proprietary feature of the Sandel HeliTAWSâ„¢ system, incorporates an updatable database of transmission lines at or above 100â€™ AGL to provide visual display and aural warnings of the hazard location on its high-resolution 3-ATI display.
â€œWe had previously determined that, as the only such system that operates at typical mission altitudes without nuisance alerts, the Sandel HeliTAWS was the best solution for terrain avoidance,â€ said Jon Ness, MSP Aeroâ€™s Director of Business Development. â€œThe addition of the Sandel WireWatch technology gives us confidence that our clientâ€™s helicopters are also being protected from known wires, and that their pilots will be flying with even greater situational awareness,â€ he added.
â€œWeâ€™re pleased that MSP Aero and North Memorial Medical Center have recognized the added safety that Sandel HeliTAWS provides,â€ noted Gerry Block, Sandelâ€™s president. â€œBy enhancing helicopter safety, we believe our revolutionary HeliTAWS adds a real benefit â€” peace of mind â€” to the helicopter operator.â€
Sandelâ€™s HeliTAWS, the industryâ€™s first multihazard avoidance system for helicopters, protects against terrain, wires and obstacles, and is the only terrain avoidance system certified for nuisance-free operation below en route altitudes. Incorporating Sandelâ€™s proprietary TruAlertâ„¢ technology, Sandel HeliTAWS enables pilots to safely take off, cruise, hover and land at off-airport locations without triggering nuisance alerts, while still receiving the established benefits of Class-A terrain and obstacle warnings during the entire flight. The HTAWS-compliant Sandel HeliTAWS system, which was designed for such demanding missions as HEMS, oil rig operations, tactical military support, airborne law enforcement, firefighting and search & rescue, is completely automatic and does not require pilot management of the phase of flight.
Sandel Avionics, located in Vista, California, is a privately held company that provides embedded software for OEM