Australian Helicopters Fields Safe Flight Powerline Detection System on the Agusta AW-139

White Plains, NY (February 27, 2015) — Safe Flight Instrument Corporation of White Plains, NY announced that Australian Helicopters will operate Safe Flight’s Powerline Detection System (PDS) in six Agusta AW-139 aircraft as part of the Ambulance Victoria Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) contract awarded in 2014.

Safe Flight’s PDS is European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified under Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and operates worldwide to detect 50Hz/60Hz power line frequency emissions.  The PDS is an extremely lightweight (less than 2.0 lbs. installed) passive system that alerts the pilot when approaching an energized power line.  The system provides both a visual and aural warning to the crew.  As the aircraft approaches the hazard, the aural tone intensifies, cautioning the pilot.

Australian Helicopters provides mission-critical helicopter support for a range of services, including: Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Search and Rescue (SAR), surveillance operations, law enforcement, aerial work and Marine Pilot Transfer (MPT).  Helicopter support services are provided for Federal and State Governments and both public and private sector companies with a fleet of 20 multi-engine and single-engine turbine helicopters.

Safe Flight Instrument Corporation, a leader in aviation safety and flight performance systems, was founded in 1946.  Headquartered in White Plains, New York, the company pioneered the development of Stall Warning and Angle of Attack, Automatic Throttle Systems, Wind Shear Warning, and many other innovations in aircraft instrumentation, flight performance and control systems for fixed and rotary winged aircraft.  In the helicopter market, Safe Flight produces Powerline Detection, Exceedance Warning and an Icing Conditions Detector.  Safe Flight products are installed on over two-thirds of the world’s aircraft in the general aviation, corporate, commercial and military sectors.  To find out more, please visit

Matt Greene
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