Becker Avionics, January 28, 2020 - Miramar, FL - Digital audio innovator, Becker Avionics, is proud to announce that Leon County Sheriff’s Office recently selected Becker Avionics’ AMU 6500 for installation on their new Bell 505 helicopter.
Leon County Sheriff’s Office performs law enforcement, search and rescue and other critical functions in the panhandle of Florida including the state capital of Tallahassee.
The AMU 6500 was designed with a variety of customers in mind. The ease of use, customized functionality, durability and capability make it the obvious choice for sophisticated operators whether they are flying a high tempo mission aircraft requiring a mission audio panel such as Leon County Sheriff’s Office or the business aircraft requiring a fantastic looking digital audio panel exceeding the demands of both the crew and the passengers.
The AMU 6500 is a perfect replacement for the customer who currently operates an obsolete Baker audio panel.
The AMU 6500 is a robust, cost-effective audio panel that combines unique customer benefits, such as 3D audio, blue tooth, up to 12 transceiver positions, panel mounted with no remote boxes, lightweight and completely programmable by the customer.
About Becker Avionics: Becker is a leader in digital avionics technology, setting the standard in customer-centric, state-of-the-art ground and airborne solutions. Becker’s focus is on meeting individual requirements with the highest commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, no matter what the mission.
As a privately held high-tech company for over 60 years, Becker Avionics has developed, manufactured and distributed the latest communication, navigation, surveillance, digital audio, and search & rescue equipment for airborne and ground applications.
Becker has proudly provided world class products for General Aviation, ATC, law enforcement, military and OEM organizations including: Airbus, Airbus Helicopters, Bell Helicopter, BAE Systems (British Aerospace), ATR, CASA, RUAG, Xi’an Aircraft Corporation, Leonardo Helicopter, Pilatus Aircraft, German Air Force, Navy and Army, German Border Patrol, German Police, Austrian Army and Police, Swiss Air Force, Dutch Police, Security Civil, Irish Air Corps, Egyptian Navy, Indonesian Navy, Portuguese Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, etc.
Leon County Sheriff’s Office is First East Coast Bell 505 Public Safety Operator
Bell Helicopters, 29 January 2020 – Bell Textron Inc, a Textron Inc company, announced a signed a purchase agreement with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in Tallahassee, Fla., for a public safety-configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X.
“Leon County has an advanced aviation unit that is responsible for a broad range of critical missions including aerial searching for lost or missing persons, aircraft and boats, SWAT team deployment and storm damage assessment,” said Doug Schoen, managing director, North America. “The addition of the highly customized Bell 505 will allow the aviation unit to continue serving and protecting the citizens of the greater Tallahassee area.”
The Bell 505 public safety configuration and on-board equipment includes:
- A Trakkabeam A800 Searchlight mounted on an AA AFT Hardpoint
- A Macro-Blue MB 15W Display
- A Wescam MX-10 Camera mounted on an Aeronautical Accessories’ FWD Hardpoint
- A Becker AMU6500 Digital Audio System with Pilot and Copilot individual audio controllers
- An AerocomputersUC6000 Map System Interfaced to the MX-10 and Searchlight
- Two dual USB charging ports
- AeroDynamix NVG Cockpit lighting
- High Skid Gear
- An Expanded Instrument Panel
- An Expanded Avionics Shelf
- A Mission Equipment Master Switch
“Our aviation unit is responsible for operating over the City of Tallahassee and in the darkest areas of the county including the Apalachicola National Forrest where visibility is extremely limited. It is critical we have highly advanced technology onboard to ensure the safety of our pilots,” said Lieutenant Lee Majors, Aviation Section Commander, Leon County Sheriff’s Office.
With a speed of 125 knots (232 km/h) and useful load of 1,500 pounds (680 kg), the Bell 505 is designed to be safe and easy to fly while providing significant value to the operator. The customer-driven design of the aircraft places safety, performance and affordability at the forefront, blending proven systems with advanced technology and a sleek, modern design.