HAI Convention News

Air Comm Presents Helicopter Environmental Control Systems

 - February 11, 2012, 9:15 PM

Air Comm Corp. (ACC), a specialist in the design, production and support of environmental control systems for rotorcraft, is presenting “The Ultimate Guide To Helicopter Environmental Control Systems” today at 10 a.m. in Room C-148. The program is of interest to rotorcraft owners, operators and maintenance personnel.

At the session, Air Comm technicians plan to cover the fundamentals of rotorcraft heating and air conditioning, installation and maintenance of systems, trouble-shooting tips and advice for buyers who want maximum returns in efficiency and mission capability from their investment. Time will also be set aside for a question–and-answer period.

The Boulder, Colo.-based firm will also discuss its new testing facility in Carrollton, Texas, where it expects to improve products and services through simulated environments that will more accurately measure the performance of heating and air conditioning systems.

At its booth here (No. 9743), Air Comm is featuring its most advanced technologies and at the same time celebrating its 25th anniversary. The company was founded in 1987 by executive v-p Norm Steiner, who was designing cabin heater and air conditioning systems in the basement of his home.

From its new 5,000-square-foot facility, Air Comm now handles both civil and military industries and has become a $15.5 million enterprise.

ACC enjoyed record sales last year,” said president Keith Steiner. “We posted a 17-percent revenue increase over 2010.”

A major factor in the company’s sales growth was a near-doubling of air conditioning-system orders for the Eurocopter AS350 AStar to 46 units, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff Aero Bureau’s entire fleet of 12 AS350s.

Another “significant” development was winning a contract from the U.S. Army to develop a cockpit heater and windshield defroster for its OH-58D Kiowa Warrior fleet. Approximately one-third of the company’s total revenue comes from military customers.

ACC is forecasting 12 percent growth in 2012.