Polycon waterproof SAR radio system – Now available in NVG compatible version

Polycon waterproof SAR radio system – Now available in NVG compatible version

15-Oct-2012 Source: Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics, partner with Axnes Aviation AS for sales and marketing, as well as product support services for the Polycon Wireless Intercom Extension System for North America, now offers an NVG compatible version of the system. This is in response to the SAR market upgrading to NVG Compatible modern Helicopter platforms and the increasing use of NVG systems in civil Rotorcraft to increase operational safety.

The product upgrade includes NVG compatible LED indicator lamps and NVG Filters over the unit display windows on both the aircraft installed Base Station and the MP20 hand-held Transceiver. The Dual-Band MP20 Transceiver is also available in an NVG Compatible version. All the NVG Compatible units have been extensively tested and are in compliance with MIL-STD-3009 NVIS Radiance levels for Class B compatibility. The NVG compatible version of the Polycon system is available as a ‘special order’ request-the good news is, there is no increase in price for the NVG version. Existing units can be upgraded to NVG compatibility on request, usually when the units are in for their planned maintenance service or as a repair. This is a chargeable upgrade.

The Polycon system provides the capability to have aircraft intercom communications between crewmembers in and away from the aircraft-for example; during equipment and passenger loading operations. The system eliminates communication restrictions by providing seamless hands-free wireless communications to all crewmembers in order to perform safe and effective cargo loading, aircraft maintenance, engine runs, refueling/defueling, pre- and post fight checks, and other external mission requirements like hoist and sling-load operations.

Brett Gardner, Director of Sales and Marketing for Becker Avionics, Inc. stated, “the Polycon system provides effective, long-range wireless communication capability for aircrew members in and away from the aircraft. The addition of NVG compatibility enhances the product’s value and capability for customers that need it most; from airborne law enforcement and EMS, to military applications.”

The Polycon wireless intercom system provides hands-free, semi-duplex communication, which allows an unlimited number of users on a single channel. The product was developed to meet rigorous demands of military and civil aircraft missions, operating in extreme conditions. Its rugged construction with long-range capability and semi-duplex communication integrates the external operating crew as a component of the aircraft intercom system and provides increased situational awareness and safety.

About the Polycon Wireless Intercom System

The Polycon communication system was developed by professionals, for professionals and its superior performance and unique patented features are unmatched by any competitor. The Polycon system was also developed in close cooperation with specialized Search and Rescue (SAR) teams. The system fully integrates the external operating crew into the aircraft intercom system and provides increased situational awareness and constant un-interrupted communication between crewmembers, which is critical to mission execution. The Polycon system has become standard equipment in SAR helicopters from major European helicopter manufacturers and other aircraft OEMs.

Features include:

  • Wireless Intercom Extension through the Aircraft Intercom System (ICS)
  • Waterproof Design (1m)
  • Rugged Construction
  • Long Range (10-15 nm)
  • Effective Noise Canceling Technology
  • Hands-free Operation
  • Accurate and Dependable Voice Activation Technology
  • Casualty Communication
  • Multiple Aircraft Certifications
  • Small Physical Size (Base Station & Transceiver)
The System provides semi-duplex communication, based on 16 optional channels (Standard 409 – 419 MHz, UHF). Additionally, the system provides two operational modes, PTT operation or ‘No Interrupt’ Voice X-mission (NIVOX) activation and allows for TX output power adjustment up to 0.5 W.

The mobile transceiver is waterproof to 1 meter (3 feet), or up to 24 hours in a submersion vest.

With its integral microphone built into the mobile transceiver, helmet or headset removal is not required to speak to a crewmember or casualty/patient. Its unique patented antenna (isotropic radiation non-directional) provides outstanding performance, and a typical range with external antenna is up to 10 – 15 NM, or line of sight. No other brand of wireless intercom has this capability.

The Aircraft Mounted Base Station is qualified to RTCA DO-160D, with installations flying on the most popular SAR Helicopters, such as the EC135, EC145 (similar to the UH-72A), AS332L2 / EC225, S-76, S-92, and AW139. Several fixed wing applications are in the planning stages as well, to include the venerable C-130 series aircraft.

The Polycon system has additional, robust applications, to include:

  • Mechanics working with running engines
  • “Pre-Flight ground checks”
  • On / Offloading of personnel
  • Ground personnel when using sling loads
  • Inter-operations with ships, boats, and ground personnel
  • Inter-operations with ground rescue teams
  • Mechanics on the ground when conducting short test flights
  • Loadmasters on larger helicopters and aircraft

About Axnes Aviation 

Axnes Aviation AS specializes in developing, manufacturing and distributing advanced and highly durable wireless intercom systems for use under harsh conditions in aircraft and on other operational platforms.

In close cooperation with SAR operators, Axnes Aviation developed the Polycon system, a Wireless Headset Communication System that seamlessly integrates an audio and intercom system for fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and has been supplying this product to the Aviation industry for 10 years. Axnes Aviation was founded in 1995, and is a privately held company.

The company is located in Norway with offices in Grimstad and Stavanger, close to SAR and EMS operator bases, as well as helicopter operations responsible for servicing SAR and transportation needs of the Oil & Gas industry in the North Sea. Axnes Aviation AS products are standard and optional equipment for most major rotary wing aircraft suppliers. Read more at:www.axnes.com  

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, Era Helicopters, etc.

For more information see: www.beckerusa.com or htp://www.beckerusacom/dvcs/

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