Phoenix Heli-Flight expands its NORTH FDM technology
Dec. 22, 2014, Shreveport, La. - North
Flight Data Systems, LLC has announced
have entered into an agreement with Phoenix Heli-Flight to equip their EC130
with their integrated flight data system.
By Carey Fredericks
NORTH FDS has applied to Transport
for validation of their AS350/EC130B4 FAA STC, which will cover AS350B3 and EC130B4
The first Canadian installations will be performed on
operated by Phoenix Heli-Flight in Ft McMurray.
The flight data system is comprised of
Voice and Video Recorder (CV2R),
Acquisition Unit (MFDAU) and Quick Access Recorder (QAR).
The North system is the first
affordable Lightweight Aircraft Recorder System (LARS) that is fully integrated in
to the Airbus
The system far exceeds the recent ED155 data capture guidelines and enables the
operator to record
engine and airframe parameter,
as well as six individual
with the video recording. The
system has been
STC’d on seven different
helicopter models and has been installed in over 175 aircraft.
recorded airframe and engine
data is supplemented by an internal Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) data stream
and can capture
hook load or other accessory equipment data.
The agreement includes the upgrade to the new
announced at the recent Air Medical Transport Conference.
will incorporate the first commercial
rotorcraft use of
. This will allow customers to receive
immediate alerts and warnings about vehicle condition
. The new IP
network allows for an
connection and gives customers constant access to their
multicast packet voice
Push To Talk (PTT)
Contacting your helicopter
will be as easy as dialing an extension on your office phone!
Paul Spring, President of Phoenix Heli-Flight commented,
Since Phoenix first installed HFDM &
CVVR equipment in our fleet
I have been looking for the next
in light and affordable recorders that would provide airframe and engine parametric data to
complete the knowledge we gain from basic geospatial data.
I know the maintenance and
safety benefits first hand and I won’t operate a helicopter without data recorders. I am
extremely grateful that North Flight Data
is willing to
acquire a Canadian STC to allow
us to install this vital equipment in our
as well as our AS350B3.
expansion into Paul’s single engine fleet
represents the first of many FAA STCs
have validated in Canada,” said NORTH FDS President
Once again, Paul
the standard with fully integrated recorders, and it
is just another example of the forward
thinking he brings to the Canadian market.
By adding the new Outer
we will be able to provide t
he economical connectivity for voice and data
in one box
live system monitoring coupled with a global PTT radio
finally gives operators the connectivity
they have been asking for.
We recognize that operators have an enormous investment in their
legacy fleets and our STCs allow them to equally equip their new and existing aircraft.
comprehensive software suite
couple our hardware with
communications, tracking and