Cobham will provide synthetic vision-based EFIS to retrofit the Eurocopter and Bell fleets of the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. LAPD operates 14 Eurocopter AS350-B2 and five Bell B206 helicopters, while LASD has 14 AS350s.
The aircraft will receive Cobham’s NVG-compatible two-screen EFIS, which that will displays GPS, helicopter terrain awareness/warning system and radio tuning information, and accepts data from a flight management system. The suite will, beginning this year, integrate with the soon- to- be certified HeliSAS autopilot and stab augmentation system from the Mineral Wells, Texas., Cobham autopilot operation.
LASD City operates the largest municipal airborne law enforcement fleet in the world, while the sheriff’s department covers 3,100 square miles from the Pacific shoreline to the Mojave Desert.
Cobham is at Booth No. 4028 this week to debut a two-place helicopter cockpit simulator featuring large-format 3-D synthetic vision symbology and automated flight control functions. Cobham’s former Wulfsberg operation in Prescott, Ariz., is also featuring a “significant enhancement” to the Flexcomm RT-5000 tactical transceiver.
Covering all current and future P-25 public service frequencies, the new RT-5000P has front panel channel selection, a new scan function, and requires only a single antenna. Existing RT-5000 transceivers may be upgraded to RT-5000P functionality without wiring, antenna or part number changes.