Powerline Detector To Be Distributed Globally
White Plains, NY (Immediate) — Safe Flight Instrument Corporation has recently signed non-exclusive distribution agreements with Helicentro Morumbi® of Brazil and Airborne Solutions® of South Africa. The two groups will join Heli-Dyne Systems, Inc. of Hurst, Texas to create a Global sales, service and installation network for Safe Flight’s Powerline Detection System.
Helicentro Morumbi®, one of the original heliport operators in Sao Paulo, Brazil, immediately recognized Helicopter Wire Strikes as a major concern for all Helicopter operations in Brazil. Helicentro Morumbi®,the sole distributor of MD Helicopters Inc.(MDHI) in Brazil, has been in operations for more than 15 years and specializes in maintenance and installations for a wide variety of Helicopters including Eurocopter, Bell, Agusta and the aforementioned MDHI.
Airborne Solutions, one of the largest Helicopter Operators and Service Centers in Natal Province, South Africa, is owned and operated by retired South African Air Force personnel. Specializing in offshore salvage and search and rescue operations and maintaining everything from Robinson to Puma Helicopters. A rash of recent fatal helicopter wire strikes identified a pressing need for the Powerline Detection System offered from Safe Flight.
Heli-Dyne Systems, Inc.(HDS), of Hurst, TX has been in business for over twenty-five years and has performed over 600 major helicopter modifications and completions serving Air Medical, Law Enforcement, Electronic News Gathering, Utility and Special Mission.
Wire strikes are one of the greatest hazards to civil and military helicopter operations. Although pilots are taught to be aware of both charted and uncharted wires, strikes continue to occur with distressing regularity.
In the delivery of electricity, powerlines create a radiating electromagnetic field. Safe Flight’s Powerline Detection System is designed to sense this field from any direction and warn pilots once a helicopter is in the vicinity of a live wire. When an electromagnetic field is sensed, the Powerline Detection System emits an unmistakable auditory alert. Pilots literally “hear” their relationship to a powerline hazard, even without seeing it. The audio warning increases in frequency (like a Geiger counter) as the helicopter gets closer to a live powerline. A red warning light also illuminates on the cockpit indicator. The Powerline Detection System may be a significant, and potentially life saving advantage when the pilot has not seen the powerline.
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. Safe Flight products are installed on over two-thirds of the world’s aircraft – in the general aviation, commercial, and military sectors.