Helicopters Magazine

Features Innovations New Technologies
Becker Avionics introduces new digital audio system

October 19, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

Oct. 19, 2011, Rheinmünster, Ger. - Becker Avionics has introduced a new version of the Digital Audio and Intercom System DVCS6100 Remote Electronic Unit (REU), that includes the latest features to enhance the performance of the system and keeps operators flying with the latest level of technology.

Brett Gardner, Director of Sales and Marketing stated, "The new version provides great new features that keep the DVCS6100 at the cutting edge of technology and provides our customers with the most competitive and advanced product on the market.

The new features are being introduced at the end of this month. As with the last updates to the product, new and existing customers will be able to take advantage of a variety of new features.
The updated version includes next to others the following features:

• PTT priority
• Relay Function (Broadcast)
• Fix Input and alert tones selectable with CSW6100 for every ACU/HS – User
• Cancellation of Intercom request and Emergency-Call (E-Call)
• Intercom request and E-Call useable without isolation
• Sidetone ON/OFF configuration, with CSW6100 for HS interface for wireless equipment

Trying out the new DVCS6100


Mercy Flight Inc. of Buffalo, NY and San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, NM recently took delivery of new Bell 429 light-twin EMS helicopter equipped with Becker Avionics Digital Audio Systems, the DVCS6100.

The Bell 429 for Mercy Flight was completed and delivered by Bell Helicopter Piney Flats, TN and the San Juan Regional Medical Center Bell 429 was completed and delivered by United Rotorcraft, Englewood, CO (an  Air Methods subsidiary). The DVCS6100 was chosen 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 Air Medical Transport organizations.

The DVCS6100 manages all transceivers, receivers and audio warning sources in one central system and provides simulcast capabilities on 8 channels. Brett Gardner, Director of Sales and Marketing, said “Becker’s DVCS6100 is well suited to support air medical service operations. The excellent Man-Machine-Interface, outstanding field reliability, the possibility to transmit on up to 8 channels simultaneously, along with its crystal-clear audio quality has made the DVCS6100 a new audio system of choice for rotary and fixed-wing air medical operations.”

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. Becker Avionics focuses on meeting individual requirements with the highest commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. 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.

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, over 800 systems have been delivered, with all achieving outstanding field reliability. There continuous product improvement program has made the DVCS6100 another Becker Avionics 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).
Up to 6 ACU’s 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 ACU6100 is available with NVIS green (MIL-STD 3009 Green B) and white Backlight, and offers emergency and slaved mode operation. The DVCS6100 represents a unique mission support tool that easily outperforms the competition.


Stories continue below

Print this page