Safe Flight Instrument Corp. of White Plains, N.Y., announced that Trans Helicopter Service of Paris plans to install its powerline detection system in a Eurocopter AS 355. The French operator has already filed a request for certification with the European Safety Agency (EASA) in Cologne, Germany. EASA certification would apply to 25 European countries.
The detection system senses the electromagnetic field radiating from “live” powerlines and provides pilots with audio and visual warnings of the hazard. The system is FAA STC’d on the Bell 206 series and has been installed via field-service approvals on the EC 120, EC 135, AS 350B and AS 355.
Safe Flight said it is currently negotiating with two European insurance companies to obtain a discount on aircraft insurance for helicopters that have the system installed. The company is also negotiating with Eurocopter of France for installation and support. Trans Helicopter Service will market and distribute the powerline detection system after it receives EASA certification.