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Sikorsky selects TrueNorth Simphone for Forward-Fit S-76 installations

phpfoiu42pmOct. 9, 2008, Ottawa — TrueNorth Avionics, Inc., has been selected by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. to supply its advanced executive-class Simphone - airborne telecommunications system for the S-76.


October 9, 2008
By Corrie


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Oct. 9, 2008, Ottawa — TrueNorth Avionics, Inc., has been selected by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. to supply its advanced executive-class Simphone – airborne telecommunications system for the S-76 helicopter, starting with two installations this summer at Keystone Helicopter, Coatesville, PA. A single-LRU system that let operators manage all their airborne communications — Satcom, fax, broadband data, cabin intercom — through an ultra-quiet, easy-to-use menu-driven handset, the Simphone¯ system also features a “one touch” dialer for direct interface to the helicopter’s cockpit ICS systems.

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With its all-digital PBX and two channels of built-in, dual-channel worldwide Iridium® Satcom, future-proof architecture, dual CEPT-E1 network interfaces and full executive customization, including self-programming personalized handsets, personalized screens and ringtones, and personalized configuration module, the Simphone¯ system gives operators an unprecedented array of executive capability, convenience and options.

“We’re impressed with True North’s responsiveness in adapting the Simphone¯ for the S-76,” said Sikorsky’s Tom Schmidt-Lange. “The innovative one-touch pilot calling is an especially nice feature,” he added.

“From TrueNorth’s point of view, we’re gratified that Sikorsky has recognized the benefits of offering the Simphone¯ system,” said Mark van Berkel, TrueNorth’s CEO. “As the premier manufacturer of executive-class helicopters, Sikorsky knows what their customers want, determining that our executive-class telephone system is an excellent fit for all their communications needs,” he added.

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About TrueNorth: Based in Ottawa, Canada, TrueNorth Avionics, Inc., is a world-class technology company focused on developing integrated communications solutions for business aviation. Its premier product, the Simphone¯ (pronounced ‘Symphony’) airborne telephone, is an executive-class system that combines superior voice quality, unmatched ease of use, advanced functionality and an impressive array of personalization features. Options include a self-contained ACARS/AFIS datalink module, Iridium fax, a legacy Satcom interface and embedded Wi-Fi. Learn more at www.truenorthavionics.com


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