Helicopter System

Helicopter AIS and VDL 4 systems for Communication, Navigation and Surveillance The AIS System (Automatic Identification System) includes airborne transponders, ground stations and software solutions for various airborne and land based operational needs. The AIS system provides surveillance with superior accuracy, extended situational awareness, improved safety by expedient update and availability of navigational data. The system is designed for various security applications supporting silent mode and transmission of encrypted messages. The system is tested and compliant to the applicable certifications and standards of operation.

The VDL4 (VHF Data Link Mode 4) is a multi-purpose aviation data link designed for Communication, Navigation and Surveillance, standardised by ICAO. The system includes EASA Form 1certified airborne transponders, ground stations and software solutions. The compact system is developed for both advanced Communication, Navigation and Surveillance in radar, and non radar covered areas. The core function provided is ADS-B Surveillance as well as point-to point communication. Other services such as Radar information, Weather information and Differential correction for precision navigation are implemented and supported by the system.

THE AIS SYSTEM
SAR and Coastal Surveillance

The system contributes to meet the requirement of extended area surveillance. Rapid and efficient object identification is critical for a successful SAR or Coastal Surveillance mission. The system provides the pilots and operators with real-time situational information of the vessel traffic and helicopter fleet over large areas increasing the efficiency and safety of operation. Various displays and electronic chart systems for SAR operations, costal surveillance and border control can easily be integrated in the system.

Benefits
  • Increased efficiency
  • Improved coordination
  • Easier operation
Offshore
The system offers both surveillance and fleet management. The surveillance view provides real time tracking of the helicopters and is displayed both in the cockpit and Operations Coordination Centre. The capability to transmit weather and flight task information in real time, helps increase safety and efficiency in the operation. The equipped helicopters can see and communicate with each other during the entire mission both in radar and non radar covered areas.

Benefits
  • Improved situational awareness
  • Increased safety
  • Collision avoidance

THE VDL 4 SYSTEM
Fire fighting
A quick overview of the fire area and efficient coordination of the helicopters involved in the fire-fighting operation are key factors to succeed in the event of a fire incident. The system provides a complete positioning and surveillance overview in real time of all involved helicopters. On-site coordination is based on the information continuously being broadcast to ground control. All surveillance and status information can be transmitted to the ground fire forces and fire departments. On-site pictures from the fire area can be sent by the helicopter crew over the data link.

Benefits
  • Real-time communication
  • Higher communication security
  • Improved fleet management
Police and HEMS
Knowing the exact position of the helicopters in operation greatly eases the dispatch operators work load. The system offers the Operations Coordination Centre a complete surveillance overview where the h/c are located in real time. Improved situational awareness allows the OCC to plan and relocate the airborne resources. Dispatching and message confirmation is supported over the data link, aimed for secure and reliable communication. Sensitive information can be sent as encrypted messages, both between airborne units and to the ground OCC.

Benefits
  • More efficient coordination
  • Easier operation
  • Better decision making
  • Secure communication