11-Jul-2018 Source: SPAES
SPAES GmbH & Co. KG installed with KMN Koopmann
Helicopter GmbH a releasable Emergency Locator Transmitter (automatic
deployable-ELT) in helicopter airbus AS355 and AS350.
According to the new requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
for offshore operation, which are realised by the German Federal Aviation Authority
(Luftfahrt-Bundesamt LBA), SPAES installed with KMN an automatic releasable
Emergency Locator Transmitter (AD-ELT) at the lower fuselage of the airframe which
is important for offshore operation. “In contrast to common standard transmitter,
which are installed inside of the helicopter, this AD-ELT transmitter swims on the
water in case of ditching and continues transmitting the location data”, explains
Joachim Kies, Head of Operative Business of SPAES.
The operation and the manually dropping off will be achieved by an unit which is
installed in the cockpit.
Furthermore the system has a water- and acceleration sensor. In case of a rigid
impact or if water flows in the helicopter, the transmitter will be automatically dropped
The modification of the system was realized in the own maintenance organization of
KMN. “An EASA Supplement Type Certificate (STC) was implemented for the
installation. SPAES designed the required installation and test documents”, said
Joachim Schanz, Chief Executive Officer of SPAES. The tests for the verification
were realised on site with the customer.