Newsletter #194 | News
McMurdo Extends Reach into China with First Major Aviation Win
Emergency Location Transmitters (ELT) for the AC312 helicopter
McMurdo Group signed deal with China s AVIC to supply Kannad Integra Emergency Location Transmitters (ELT) over 10 years for AC312 helicopter and transport airplane fleets to aid in search and rescue
McMurdo, July 07, 2015 - Sophia Antipolis, France – McMurdo, the most trusted name in Emergency Readiness and Response, today announced that it has secured a €2.2M contract with Harbin Aircraft Industry Group Co., Ltd. (HAIG), a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
The deal, over 10 years, will include the use of McMurdo’s Kannad Integra Emergency Location Transmitters in AVIC current line of AC312 helicopters and Y12 aircrafts.
With China’s rapidly growing aviation market taking a positive turn toward innovation and discovery, the implementation of the Kannad Integra technology has established a promising foundation for McMurdo Group in ensuring future SAR success in China, and Asia as a whole. A validating win for our team and AVIC, we are excited to see the Kannad Integra’s advanced dual-antenna and dual-GPS design in action.
Instead of traditional ELTs relying solely on an aircraft’s external antenna and GPS equipment, which is prone to failure in emergency situations, the Kannad Integra’s locator advancements use key positioning data that allow the beacon to operate independently of the aircraft, significantly improving timeliness and effectiveness of finding aircrafts. Once activated, the ELT is able to transmit the distress signal to respective international rescue services and successfully provide the emergency location to first responders via the global Cospas-Sarsat Search and Rescue satellite system.
Traditional ELTs rely on an aircraft’s external antenna and GPS equipment, which are subject to failure in the event of an emergency. The Kannad Integra ELT, however, can operate independently of the aircraft to provide key positioning data through its built-in internal antenna and embedded GPS receiver.
The Integra ARINC 429 Navigation Interface stores the latest known position of the aircraft based on the aircraft navigation system data. This data is then updated by the built-in Integra GPS for better location accuracy and a higher chance of rescue. Once activated, the Integra ELT transmits a distress signal to alert international rescue services to the emergency location via the global Cospas-Sarsat Search and Rescue satellite system which has helped to save over 37,000 lives since 1982.
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