Helicopter crews fighting high-rise fires will soon be able to see through smoke via an Astronics Max-Viz enhanced-vision system (EVS) attached to a Simplex SkyCannon (water cannon). Portland, Ore.-based Simplex recently reached an agreement with Astronics, also in Portland, to install the Max-Viz EVS camera as standard equipment on all newly designed SkyCannon fire-fighting systems and add it to legacy systems as time allows.
Simplex Manufacturing of Portland, Ore. (Booth No. 1547), announced it has received the single largest order in the company’s 64-year history. The order, from the air force of the Republic of Korea, consists of seven model 328 “Fire Attack” helicopter fire-fighting systems, including spares and training. Simplex has delivered more than 55 of these systems to Korea and Russia during the past 15 years.
Steve Daniels has joined Simplex as vice president of sales and marketing. A seasoned helicopter salesman who was ousted as CEO of Enstrom last year, Daniels will head sales activities at the Portland, Ore.-based firefighting equipment developer and expand its marketing network.
Aviation equipment manufacturer Simplex Manufacturing is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and is marking the occasion by commemorating another milestone, delivery of a Model 308 firefighting system for a Bell 407, to the Venezuelan power authority.
Simplex has introduced a new DC electric hover pump for its Fire Attack helicopter firefighting system that it says slashes fill times by nearly 50 percent. The first system has been installed on a San Diego Sheriff’s Department Bell 205A1, and deliveries of two more are expected soon.