Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

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Wireless intercom technology innovator, Axnes has announced the integration of the PNG wireless intercom system for multi-mission provider, Travis County STAR (Shock Trauma Air Rescue) Flight. Based in Austin, Texas, STAR Flight has recently taken delivery of three AW169 helicopters as part of a fleet modernisation programme to support their air medical transport, hoist, and fire suppression operations.


Designed to improve crew safety, situational awareness, enhanced communication, and efficiency in flight operations, the PNG wireless intercom system was integrated by Leonardo prior to final delivery. Each airframe has an internal PNG base station and control panel integration along with two MP50 handsets. The waterproof wireless handsets have an average range of two-three miles and allow full duplex crew communication while performing external airframe tasks such as swift water rescue, hoist operations, remote accident scene response and other critical missions.


Some of the many features include a battery life of up to 15 hours of continuous operation or 40 hours of standby capability and the latest airborne environmental and software standards. A night vision goggle (NVG) compatible handset and control panel screen are standard, in addition to MP50 voice activated (VOX) and push to talk (PTT) function which allow users to easily integrate the MP50 into multiple critical and routine civil and military mission profiles. Secure AES 256-bit encrypted voice technology ensures that communications by MP50 handheld users cannot be compromised by others.

Airbus Helicopters pulls out the stops for Heli-Expo

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Airbus Helicopters will be showcasing its civil range of helicopters at Heli-Expo 2020, y at the Anaheim Convention Centre in California. On show will be an ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, and an H175.

The H125 will be displayed with the company’s latest improvements. Following the success of Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) since its launch in 2017 as the dedicated private and business helicopter platform, particularly with the ACH145 and ACH160, Airbus has renewed its offer for the ACH130 by partnering with Aston Martin. The H175 on show will be displayed in an offshore transportation configuration. In addition, an H160 immersive experience will highlight the helicopter’s breakthrough innovations in three of its major missions – offshore transportation, private and business aviation, and emergency medical services, as well as its digital support concept.

“Customer centricity is the focus of our display at Heli-Expo this year, as it is for our operations daily,” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “The continuous product improvements and service enhancements being implemented on our wide range of aircraft are intended to provide value to our customers and to facilitate the varying missions of our helicopters all over the world.”

Committed to accompanying customers long after an aircraft is first delivered, Airbus will

present its latest selection of support and service enhancements at the HCare corner, where

visitors can learn more about the new online customer portal, digital services, analytics,

training, and HCare global contracts. These offers, among others, enable customers to

increase availability and mission success, optimise their costs, lower maintenance, enhance safety and sustain the value of their assets.

The Airbus Helicopters static display will also feature an AS332 from Heli Austria in a firefighting configuration, an H125 from Brainerd Helicopters in an aerial work configuration and an H125 from LAPD in a law enforcement configuration, an H145 from San Diego Gas and Electric, and last but not least, the Vahana demonstrator, having just completed its flight test campaign. On the flight line at Heli-Expo, customers can experience a demo in an H125 equipped with the new Garmin TXi TM avionics, an H135, and an ACH130 with a bespoke interior.