Heli-Expo 2014 brings big news for Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (Booth No. 802). On the heels of its announcement that the company has completed its 800th night vision cockpit modification, including exterior high intensity LED navigation lights and aft cabin lighting just before the show (an AW139 for Construction Helicopters), it also announced that it has a new v-p and chief technology officer, Dr. Joseph Estrera.
Revue Thommen’s HSL 1600 searchlight has been selected by Sikorsky for outfitting on S-92 helicopters configured for search-and-rescue (SAR) missions. The HSL 1600 features an integrated IR-filter and laser pointer and a detection range exceeding 1,600 meters.
Securaplane, part of the Meggitt family, is displaying its current line of airborne cameras and integrated ground security systems, along with prototypes of improved products at its NBAA booth (No. N4527).
Securaplane’s wireless-controlled cameras are easily retrofitable, according to Steffen Spell, vice president of sales, marketing and customer service for the Tucson, Ariz.-based company. In fact, the cameras still need wiring for power but they can tap into power wires already installed for wingtip and empennage lights, for example.
Flight Display Systems has provided a custom 20-inch flip-up monitor to NASA for its Boeing 747SP, which is taking part in the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (Sofia) research program. The display is intended to monitor infrared emissions from space as part of Sofia, which is funded jointly by NASA and the German Aerospace Center. The centerpiece of the research is a 2.5-meter-diameter telescope mounted in the 747SP.
L-3 Cincinnati Electronics says that its new NightWarrior 640 mid-wave infrared imaging system is a major technical advance. Designed for carriage by unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and other small applications, the camera is five times smaller and lighter than previous MWIR systems, and draws four times less power, according to the maker.
Revue Thommen unveiled a new, compact searchlight with optional infrared (IR) filtering and laser-designator capability here at Heli-Expo.
Lifting off from Fullerton Airport in the back of an Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) Bell 412EP, the nighttime world of Southern California exploded into a vast ocean of suburban lights, interspersed with darker but clearly visible unlit areas, and all intersected by pulsing bright currents of car-clogged streets.
Visitors viewing the Airbus ACJ318 on static display (A15) here at MEBA 2012 are being viewed right back by the Vigiplane, the bright yellow, autonomous-monitoring system locked onto the jet’s nosegear.
Blue Green Technology is here at EBACE (Stand 1977) exhibiting its Vigiplane security system for parked aircraft. The device, which operates autonomously from the aircraft systems and does not require certification, immobilizes aircraft through a special nose wheel chock.
Night Flight Concepts is showcasing new night vision solutions this year at its Heli-Expo booth (No. 7841), along with its new laser armor and laser defense systems for civil operators.
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