Pima County Sheriffs selects Becker digital ICS for new AS350B3e

Pima County Sheriffs selects Becker digital ICS for new AS350B3e 9 Apr, 12, Source: Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics announced today that Pima County Sheriffs Department (PCSD) of Tucson, Arizona, selected the DVCS6100 digital airborne audio control panel system for its new AS350 B3e multi-mission helicopter.

The aircraft delivered in mid-March during a ceremony at American Eurocopter’s Grand Prairie TX Delivery Center. During the next few months the aircraft will be outfitted with a law enforcement completion package at Hanger One Avionics at the McClellan Palomar Airport near San Diego.

The new AS350 B3e aircraft will be the first one used by a law enforcement agency in the United States. The aircraft joins an HT295 and an H800 in Pima County’s helicopter fleet. The Air Unit also has a single-engine Cessna Centurion T210N and a twin-engine Cessna 310R that are used for extradition and prisoner transport.

The Becker DVCS6100 was chosen by their Air Unit due to its unique ability to effectively manage and control all audio sources in the aircraft. Becker’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 airborne Law Enforcement organizations.

Brett Gardner, stated, “Once again, we’re excited that another airborne law enforcement agency selected our DVCS6100 product for their new AS350 B3e helicopter. Pima County is joining the growing number of airborne law enforcement agencies that have selected the DVCS6100 for their demanding mission profiles. In the past 12 months LA County Sheriff, Houston PD, Fairfax County, Broward County Sheriff, Westchester County PD, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD have all selected the DVCS6100 as their airborne digital audio management system as a new installation or retrofit to existing aircraft”.

About the DVCS6100

The DVCS6100 design provides the customer with ability to match a wide range of operational requirements with only one system. The built-in scalability and flexibility reduces not only the cost and time requirements for constant re-engineering and certification for a tailored system solution, but also reduces the learning curve for integration, maintenance and troubleshooting time. Through software programming options, the system is both easily and quickly configurable to individual customer requirements, thus saving time and money.

The DVCS’ open system architecture technology provides for operational comfort and superior voice quality, ensuring that almost any customer requirement can be met, while providing crystal clear communication for crew and passengers.

The state-of-the-art Digital DVCS6100 will enhance the effectiveness of any aerial platform. When compared to a legacy analog audio system, Digital technology provides simplified installation, improved performance, reduced wiring and weight, along with

reduced installation and maintenance costs. Furthermore, the comprehensive built-in-test (BIT) feature enables line maintenance crews to easily diagnose/isolate failures and to replace system components quickly.

No matter what the mission; from EMS to law enforcement, to passenger transport and surveillance or utility operations, the Becker Digital Audio system ensures a more modern and capable aerial platform. At Becker, they focus on meeting individual requirements with the highest commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

DVCS6100 Digital Audio System Features

The DVCS6100 has been designed for both rotary and fixed-wing applications. The product fully reflects Becker Avionics’ proven know-how of more than four decades in audio system development for the aerospace industry. Since the market introduction of the 1st DVCS generation, close to 1000 systems have been delivered, with all achieving outstanding field reliability. The company’s continuous product improvement program has made the DVCS6100 another Becker success story.

Becker’s Digital Audio technology is superior to any analog system, as it offers crystal-clear voice communication quality, a proven Man-Machine-Interface (MMI), outstanding reliability, scalability and flexibility, and is software configurable. The main system components of the DVCS6100 system are the Remote Electronic Unit (REU) 6100, the Audio Control Unit (ACU) 6100, and the optional Intercom Amplifier IC3100.

The product offers up to 8 communication transmit (TX) and up to 8 receiver (RX) channels, an integrated warning tone generator for up to 8 different signals, an amplifier for 2 cockpit speakers, as well as interface capability for 2 Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR), and a Public Address Amplifier (PA). It is also the only commercial digital audio product available that can provide simulcast capability on 8 channels, along with a radio relay function, and emergency and slaved mode operation.

Up to 6 audio control units (ACUs) can be operated together with one REU. Each unit can be configured with the included software to give complete adjustments across different on-board systems. The system also meets the highest standards for night operation under NVG and military conditions. The DVCS6100 represents a unique mission support tool that easily outperforms the competition.

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 provides ‘best in class’ performance and is the market leader in commercial Digital intercoms!

About Pima County Sheriff Department

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department Air Unit has a multi-pronged mission including patrol support, surveillance, prisoner extradition, border crime support and search and rescue. To accomplish these varied tasks the Air Unit has five aircraft.  Patrol support is provided seven days a week using one HT295 and one H800 fixed wing Helio Courier. For extradition and prisoner transport the Department uses a single engine Cessna Centurion T210N and Twin engine Cessna 310R. For border support and search and rescue missions, the Eurocopter AS350 B3e helicopter will be utilized. For more information see:


About Hanger One Avionics

Hangar One, San Diego’s premier avionics facility is centrally located on McClellan Palomar airport in Carlsbad CA, inside the Premier Jet FBO facility. Their avionics division in conjunction with Hangar One maintenance maintains the Schubach Aviation fleet of aircraft. As an FAA certificated repair station and an authorized sales and service center for top-level avionics manufacturers, Hangar One Avionics provides avionics repair and installation services for the southern California aviation community. With Factory trained technicians and design engineers, Hangar One is well equipped to handle the special requests of their customers. A specialized service offered by Hangar One Avionics is there involvement in the Airborne Law Enforcement Community, by providing avionics upgrades and completions on special mission aircraft.  With its in-house fabrication abilities, they can offer the customer a one-stop shop for all of their avionics needs. Hangar One employs over 20 technicians to handle anything from maintenance phase inspections to full cockpit retrofits. For more information see:


About AS350 B3e

The new AS350 B3e, first introduced at Heli-Expo 2011, is the latest model in Eurocopter’s highly popular AStar® series. One of the most notable features on the new model is the powerful Turbomeca Arriel 2D turboshaft engine with dual-channel digital FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control). The upgraded engine enhances the aircraft’s performance and system management and enables the AS350 B3e to operate at maximum takeoff engine power for up to thirty minutes.

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, Bell Helicopter, British Aerospace, ATR, CASA, RUAG, Xi’an Aircraft Corporation, AgustaWestland, 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, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, etc. For more information see:

www.beckerusa.com or  http://www.beckerusa.com/dvcs/

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