Embraer has chosen Safe Flight Instrument Corporation’s Stall Warning and Protection System (SWPS) for the Phenom 100 very light jet. The contract marks the second such selection of Safe Flight’s angle-of-attack AoA sensor for next-generation VLJs.
Safe Flight’s AoA sensor provides local angle-of-attack information to the dual channel digital SWPS computer. The computer supplies stall warning and low airspeed awareness cues to the integrated avionics suite as well as outputs to drive the stick pusher for stall protection.
Here in Geneva, Safe Flight’s cockpit systems for business aviation should garner plenty of attention judging by recent developments. Just yesterday it announced that its automatic throttle system, called AutoPower, went on offer as a customer-
selected option for the Hemisphere 200XR.
Safe Flight (Booth No. 1323) appears equally at home in the realm of civil helicopters, as Sterling Helicopters’ recent installation and successful flight testing of its Powerline Detection System on the BK117 will attest. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued the STC for the installation on February 27.
Barely a month later, on March 31, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued approval for the Powerline system aboard the MD900 helicopter, installed by IFR Avionics of Van Nuys, California.
Weighing less than one pound, the Powerline Detection System senses the electromagnetic field from any direction and warns pilots once a helicopter approaches the vicinity of a live wire. When it senses an electromagnetic field, it issues an auditory alert and illuminates a red warning light in the cockpit.