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First buy for IntelliStart+ data monitor

 - September 29, 2006, 9:23 AM

Altair Avionics (Booth No. 1411) has acquired a fleet customer for its IntelliStart+ aircraft data-monitoring system and a series of European certifications for IntelliStart+ and Altair’s companion data transmission unit (DTU), the company announced.

The Norwood, Mass. member of the Pratt & Whitney Canada service center network signed Air Evac Lifeteam, based in West Plains, Mo., as an IntelliStart+ user on its 75 Bell 206s. The system acquires engine and airframe usage data while providing “FADEC-like” start control.

Colin Collins, the EMS operator’s president and CEO, believes the system will enable Air Evac to better plan its engine maintenance. “We are very pleased with the information we are currently gathering in regard to our engine operating parameters. We believe this information is key to lowering operating costs,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Altair has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) IntelliStart+ certifications and DTU approvals. The DTU is cleared for use on the Bell 212/412 and Bell 412, and the IntelliStart+ on Schweizer 269D and 333 models. Altair is awaiting EASA’s DTU certification for Raytheon Beech 1900, King Air B200, B300 and Cessna Caravan 208 applications as well as for the Agusta A109E and A119 Koala.