5-Oct-2022 Source: Helicopter Institute
FreeFlight Systems, a NextGen aviation leader specializing in avionics design, development, and manufacturing, announced that Helicopter Institute, an industry leading OEM-alternative pilot training provider, has selected FreeFlight Systems’ TERRAIN Series radar altimeters for their fleet of Bell 206, Bell 407, Bell 505, Airbus AS350, MD500, MD600, and Robinson R44 aircraft.
Committed to providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date aviation training and safety, Helicopter Institute is implementing FreeFlight Systems’ RA-5500 and RA-4500 MK II devices as an Alternative Method of Compliance (AMOC) to mitigate interference from the recent rollout of C-Band 5G telecommunications networks.
“Helicopter Institute’s mission is to improve helicopter safety, one pilot at a time,” mentions Randy Rowles, President at Helicopter Institute. “Recognizing the risk to flight safety in the face of potential radar altimeter C-band spectrum interference, it was clear that we needed to equip our aircraft with the TERRAIN Series product line to ensure continued safe operations while also educating prospective pilots on the need to be proactive amidst changing environments.”
With the first major upgrade to RF circuitry design in decades, Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, and exceptional test performance mitigating C-Band 5G interference, the TERRAIN Series radar altimeters are powerful and high-reliability devices that will equip the Helicopter Institute with a 5G-tolerant solution that ensure situational awareness and safety.
“In helicopters, radar altimeters feed critical altitude data to Terrain Avoidance and Warning Systems (TAWS), which are integral to the safety of pilots flying both VFR and IFR. It is gratifying to see our 5G-tolerant radar altimetry solution adopted by helicopter operators to ensure this data is not compromised,” says Anthony Rios, President at FreeFlight Systems. “We commend Helicopter Institute on their emphasis on flight safety and look forward to developing our partnership with them.”
Designed for all segments of aviation including rotorcraft, uncrewed aviation, military and defense, business and general aviation, the TERRAIN Series radar altimeters are the lightest, most advanced in their class. The TERRAIN Series’ Design Assurance Level (DAL) B criticality, altitude measurement range of up to 2,500 feet, and 55,000 feet service ceiling comes in a small footprint design that can easily be installed in place of legacy altimeters from various manufacturers.
The TERRAIN Series incorporates the latest ethernet connectivity standards for new platforms while retaining an analog ARINC 552 interface for integration with legacy indicators and components. For additional display options, FreeFlight Systems offers the RAD45 standalone indicator which meets EASA AMC1 SPA.NVIS.110(b) guidelines.
To learn more about Helicopter Institute, please visit www.helicopterinstitute.com. To learn more about the TERRAIN Series radar altimeters, please contact FreeFlight Systems’ technical experts at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.freeflightsystems.com.