Mercy Flight selects Becker Avionics DVCS6100 Digital Audio System for integration into new Bell 429 and BK117
Becker Avionics, February 10, 2011 - Miramar, FL – Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected by Mercy Flight Inc. of Buffalo, NY, for integration into their newly purchased Bell 429 light-twin helicopter and one of their existing BK117 EMS helicopters.
The new aircraft will be delivered by Bell Helicopter Tennessee (formally Edwards and Associates) to Edwards and Associates during the first quarter of 2011. The BK117 will soon undergo avionics modification at Helicopter Specialties, Inc. in Janesville, WI, and will be specifically tailored to the needs of Mercy Flight. The DVCS6100 was chosen due to its unique ability to effectively manage and control all audio sources in the helicopter. Becker’s Digital multi-channel audio and intercom system, with its software configurable profiles, provides the flexibility to specifically customize the system to meet the demanding operational requirements of Mercy Flight. The DVCS6100 manages all transceivers, receivers and audio warning sources in one central system and provides simulcast capabilities on 8 channels.
Marc Boies, Director of Operations for Mercy Flight, said “Becker’s DVCS6100 is well suited to support our air medical service operations. The excellent Man-Machine-Interface, outstanding field reliability, the possibility to transmit on up to 8 channels simultaneously, and its crystal-clear audio quality made the DVCS6100 our audio system of choice on our BK117 and new Bell 429. Ultimately, we’d like to standardize the remainder of our existing BK117 fleet with the Becker digital audio product.”
Brett Gardner, Director of Sales and Marketing at Becker Avionics, commented, "We are excited that Mercy Flight selected our product, further confirming that our aircraft Digital Audio system is further gaining broad acceptance throughout the Air Medical Service community. We are the worldwide brand leader in aircraft Digital Audio and intercom solutions for Helicopter and Fixed-Wing aircraft applications; it’s one of our best selling products. This DVCS6100 is an ideal solution for Mercy Flight’s EMS operations and will serve them well.”
About the DVCS6100: The DVCS6100 design provides the customer with ability to match a wide range of operational requirements with only one system. The built-in scalability and flexibility reduces not only the cost and time requirements for constant re-engineering and certification for a tailored system solution, but also reduces the learning curve for integration, maintenance and troubleshooting time. Through software programming options, the system is both easily and quickly configurable to individual customer requirements, thus saving time and money.
The DVCS’ open system architecture technology provides for operational comfort and superior voice quality, ensuring that almost any customer requirement can be met, while providing crystal clear communication for crew and passengers. Becker Avionics focuses on meeting individual requirements with the highest commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. The state-of-the-art Digital DVCS6100 will enhance the effectiveness of any aerial platform. When compared to a legacy analog audio system, Digital technology provides simplified installation, improved performance, reduced wiring and weight, along with reduced installation and maintenance costs. Furthermore, the comprehensive built-in-test (BIT) feature enables line maintenance crews to easily diagnose/isolate failures and replace system components quickly.
No matter what the mission; from Police and EMS, to passenger transport and surveillance or utility operations, the Becker Digital Audio system ensures a more modern and capable aerial platform.
DVCS6100 Digital Audio System Features
The DVCS6100 has been designed for both rotary and fixed-wing applications. The product fully reflects Becker Avionics’ proven know-how of more than four decades in audio system development for the aerospace industry. Since the market introduction of the 1st DVCS generation, 700 systems have been delivered, with all achieving outstanding field reliability. Our continuous product improvement program has made the DVCS6100 another Becker Avionics success story.
Becker’s Digital Audio technology is superior to any analog system, as it offers crystal-clear voice communication quality, a proven Man-Machine-Interface (MMI), outstanding reliability, scalability and flexibility, and is software configurable. The main system components of the DVCS6100 system are the Remote Electronic Unit (REU) 6100, the Audio Control Unit (ACU) 6100, and the optional Intercom Amplifier IC3100.
The product offers up to 8 communication transmit (TX) and up to 8 receiver (RX) channels, an integrated warning tone generator for up to 8 different signals, an amplifier for 2 cockpit speakers, as well as interfaces for 2 Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR), and a Public Address Amplifier (PA).
Up to 6 ACU’s can be operated together with one REU. Each unit can be configured with the included software to give complete adjustments across different on-board systems. The system also meets the highest standards for night operation under NVG and military conditions. The ACU6100 is available with NVIS green (MIL-STD 3009 Green B) and white Backlight, and offers emergency and slaved mode operation. Thus, the DVCS6100 represents a unique mission support tool that easily outperforms the competition.
Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 provides ‘best in class’ performance and is the market leader in commercial Digital intercoms!
About Mercy Flight Inc. of WNY: Mercy Flight Inc. of Western New York is an independent, not-for-profit provider of emergency air medical transport and supporting services, ensuring rapid, safe and cost effective delivery of expert emergency response teams.
Established in 1981, Mercy Flight WNY provides service throughout Western New York, Northwestern Pennsylvania and Southern Ontario. Mercy Flight operations are conducted from three bases (Buffalo, Olean and Batavia), 24/7, utilizing five aircraft. The Mercy Flight Team consists of 26 paramedics, 27 nurses,13 pilots, 9 air medical communications specialists, 6 aircraft mechanics and an 11 member administrative, development, finance and facilities management team that provides the necessary support service for flight operations.
Over the past 29+ years, Mercy Flight has conducted nearly 19,000 patient missions and countless Ground Crew Safety Training and Community Education sessions throughout its primary service area of Western New York, Northwest Pennsylvania and Southern Ontario.
About Becker Avionics: Becker Avionics is a privately held high-tech company that develops, manufactures and distributes the latest communications, navigation, surveillance and search & rescue equipment for airborne and ground applications.
Becker Avionics has a longstanding history of over 50 years in providing equipment to General and Corporate Aviation, ATC, law enforcement and military organizations around the world. In order to support international market requirements the Company has established branches around the world. Becker Avionics supports an extensive customer base, such as, but not limited to Eurocopter, EADS, Airbus, British Aerospace, ATR, CASA, RUAG, Xi’an Aircraft Corporation, AgustaWestland, Pilatus, 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, US Army, US Air Force, US Navy and US Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, etc.
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