Safe Flight Signs PDS Distribution Agreement With Scandinavian Avionics
White Plains, NY (March, 27, 2006) — Safe Flight Instrument Corporation has signed a non-exclusive distribution agreement with Scandinavian Avionics (SA Group) covering the sale and installation of Safe Flight’s Powerline Detection System in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Greece, Czech Republic and Malaysia. Founded in 1978, the SA Group is supported by a central logistic center in Billund, Denmark.
The SA Group will join Helicentro Morumbi® of Brazil, Trans Helicopter Services of France and Airborne Solutions® of South Africa as international distributors. The Powerline Detection System is available in the U.S. through Heli-Dyne Systems and Safe Flight Instrument Corporation.
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, founded in 1946 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, pioneered the development of stall warning, angle of attack measurement, automatic throttles, and wind shear warning systems for fixed-wing aircraft. In the helicopter market, Safe Flight produces exceedance warning and powerline detection systems. Safe Flight products are installed on over two-thirds of the world’s aircraft in the general aviation, corporate, commercial, and military sectors.