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OSF Aviation Selects Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System for New EC145 Fleet

Miramar, FL, February 9, 2012 – Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected by OSF Aviation, LLC, a part of OSF HealthCare based in Peoria, Illinois for their new EC145 Air Medical Helicopter fleet. The four (4) EC145s are part of a fleet replacement program for OSF’s operations. OSF Aviation is the provider of air medical support services to hospitals and communities through OSF HealthCare’s Illinois service areas. These aircraft will replace the fleet operated for OSF Saint Anthony Lifeline (Rockford, IL) and OSF Saint Francis Life Flight (Peoria, IL).

The completion of the four (4) new Eurocopter EC145 aircraft is currently underway at United Rotorcraft in Denver, a division of Air Methods (formerly known as the Products Division). The aircraft will be delivered to OSF during the first half of 2012.

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 OSF’s HEMS operation. The DVCS6100 manages all transceivers, receivers and audio warning sources in one central system and provides simulcast capabilities on 8 channels, along with a new radio relay feature.

A representative from United Rotorcraft said that “Becker’s DVCS6100 is well suited to support OSF’ new aircraft and their air medical service operations. The product’s excellent Man-Machine-Interface, outstanding field reliability, potential to transmit on up to 8 channels simultaneously, and its crystal-clear audio quality, made the DVCS6100 the customer’s audio system of choice.”

Brett Gardner, Director of Sales and Marketing stated, “We are delighted that OSF has selected the DVCS6100 for their new fleet upgrade program” He continued, “The DVSC6100 will provide the Life Flight and Lifeline programs with the most advanced digital airborne audio management system on the market and will enhance their operational capability. 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. It’s the 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 to replace system components quickly.

No matter what the mission; from EMS to law enforcement, 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, almost 1000 systems have been delivered, with all achieving outstanding field reliability. The company’s continuous product improvement program has made the DVCS6100 another Becker 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 interface capability for 2 Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR), and a Public Address Amplifier (PA).

Up to 6 audio control units (ACUs) 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. The DVCS6100 represents a unique mission support tool that easily outperforms the competition.

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 provides ‘best in class’ performance enabling it to achieve market leader status in commercial airborne Digital intercoms!
 

About OSF

OSF Saint Anthony Lifeline (Rockford, Illinois) and OSF Saint Francis Life Flight (Peoria, Illinois) programs are 24-hour helicopter air-medical transport services. Their teams of physicians, nurses, pilots and mechanics handle and average 2,200 patient transfers each year, making them a one of the busiest air medical operations in the State of Illinois. Their parent, the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis have led the way in air-medical transport helicopter service in Illinois since 1981, and together, OSF HealthCare's Life Flight and Lifeline services combine to form one of the premier flight programs in the United States.

About United Rotorcraft

United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods Corporation, is an FAA Repair Station and provides aircraft completions and refurbishment services, systems integration, maintenance, component overhaul, customized interior installations and unsurpassed exterior finishing, servicing all segments of the helicopter industry – Air Medical, Law Enforcement, Special Mission, Corporate and Utility.  They also offer FAA approved NVG compatible lighting systems. United Rotorcraft also designs, engineers, manufactures, and certifies medical interiors for the Eurocopter EC135, EC130, and AS350, and Bell 407 and 429 helicopter airframes.

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, Bell Helicopter, 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, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, etc. For more information see:

www.beckerusa.com or  http://www.beckerusa.com/dvcs/
 

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