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February 26, 2018
ARTEX ELT 4000
ACR Electronics unveils the world's first and only 406 MHz approved non-rechargeable lithium battery special conditions exempt transport-grade alkaline battery-powered solution.

ARTEX, an ACR Electronics, Inc. brand, is introducing the world's only 406 MHz approved transport-grade alkaline battery-powered Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT). The development of the innovative ARTEX ELT 4000 featuring an alternative power source to traditional lithium batteries offers OEMs, airlines and operators an ELT that is exempt from FAA non-rechargeable lithium battery special conditions, while introducing significant benefits and savings in the cost of ownership through reduced, acquisition, installation, and maintenance.

By incorporating ACR Electronics' unique alkaline battery system design, the ELT 4000 is completely exempt from the FAA compliance requirements applying to the installation of lithium batteries. The ARTEX ELT's 5-year replaceable alkaline battery does not require additional protective housing or containment vessel. Further advantages of the ARTEX automatic fixed ELT include cost savings due to a lower battery expense over the five-year replacement cycle, the avoidance of hazardous material shipping fees and regulations, and easier disposal.

Jeffery Geraci, Director of Aviation Sales, states, "The innovative ARTEX ELT 4000 offers overwhelming advantages for business and transport level aircraft, with both fixed and rotor wing designs. Not only is it exempt from requiring FAA special conditions certification, it is also less costly for airlines' logistics as it is designed for easy and low-cost retrofit and is less expensive to ship than traditional ELTs with no hazmat shipping hassles. The mounting tray footprint matches the legacy ARTEX ELT installation to further reduce engineering costs. Featuring an advanced component structure and efficiencies that enable it to use less power while still meeting 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz performance standards, ELT 4000 is an immediate and innovative answer to the new regulations."

The ELT 4000 is ideal for simplified forward fit and retrofit opportunities. Unlike legacy ELT systems, it is a one-piece solution featuring built-in NAV interface (ARINC 429), allowing for connection to on-board GPS. As it is a single output ELT, the ARTEX device uses the same RF output and only one coax cable to transmit both 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz signals. It features further options including a two-wire remote switch that does not require any aircraft power.

The ARTEX ELT 4000 has received Cospas-Sarsat and FAA TSO certification and production units are now shipping. Activated manually using cockpit remote switch or automatically via internal G-Switch, the 406 MHz signal is transmitted to the Global Cospas-Sarsat satellite network and routed to the nearest Search and Rescue agency. GPS data embedded within the digital transmission reduces the search radius to 100 meters.

The ARTEX ELT 4000 is also approved and available in a Helicopter Model (HM) with a 5-axis G-Switch.

ACR Electronics, Inc. designs and manufactures an array of ARTEX ELT's, battery packs, and ELT accessories. ARTEX ELT's serve a wide category of aircraft ranging from general aviation to the world's leading airframe manufacturers, large commercial airlines, and government aircraft.

February 22, 2018
Bluetooth Inside the Flightcell DZMx!
The Flightcell DZMx is to have optional Bluetooth, allowing onboard devices to pair and be connected to the aircraft ICS. Mobile phone calls can be taken through the headset, providing pilots and crew with a handsfree capability and they can now listen to streaming audio.

This is the latest of a string of developments inside Flightcell DZMx product platform, a platform that continues to lead the industry when it comes to integrated satellite and cellular voice, data and tracking solutions. Bluetooth will be an optional extra for all new purchases that ship from July 2018.

DZMx customers will also have the option to upgrade existing units and it is recommended that this is done in conjunction with the DZMx WiFi upgrade option. Flightcell has achieved significant business success with a wide-range of companies and organisations that include the U.S. State Department, U.S. Air Force, Army and Marine Corps, U.S. and European airborne police forces, Colombian, Chilean, South Korean and Turkish Air Forces, British and Norwegian Search and Rescue, and EMS operators in more than a dozen countries. As well, leading aircraft manufacturers such as Leonardo Helicopters, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopters, Airbus Helicopters and Sikorsky install Flightcell's DZMx systems on new production aircraft.

Find out more about Flightcell DZMx Bluetooth at Heli-Expo Booth C2141.



February 19, 2018
Enhancement for Flightcell DZMx - Built in WiFi!
The Flightcell DZMx, the all-in-one solution for global voice, data, messaging and tracking, is to be enhanced with a built-in WiFi hotspot and router. This provides a cellular broadband data connection for onboard smart devices and connected equipment without the need for a separate WiFi router installation. The WiFi antenna and components are installed within the existing DZMx housing.

"Space is at a premium in the cockpit, which is why we have designed the DZMx to be a compact all-in-one unit in the first place", says John Wyllie, CEO Flightcell. "We've now provided our customers with an additional, and highly desirable, capability and at the same time we are saving them the cost, time and space that a separate installation demands."

Built-in WiFi will be an optional extra for all new purchases that ship from July 2018. DZMx customers will have the option to upgrade their existing units.

Flightcell has achieved significant business success with a wide-range of companies and organisations that include the U.S. State Department, U.S. Air Force, Army and Marine Corps, U.S. and European airborne police forces, Colombian, Chilean, South Korean and Turkish Air Forces, British and Norwegian Search and Rescue, and EMS operators in more than a dozen countries. As well, leading aircraft manufacturers such as Leonardo Helicopters, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopters, Airbus Helicopters and Sikorsky install Flightcell's DZMx systems on new production aircraft. This is the first of two technology releases by Flightcell leading up to Heli-Expo 2018 - expect another announcement within the week. They will be demonstrating this capability at Heli-Expo Booth C2141.



Flightcell International is a global producer of airborne integrated-mobile communications, providing satellite and cellular data, voice and tracking to over 3500 commercial and military aircraft worldwide. Flightcell are the innovators and manufacturers of Flightcell DZMx, the world's only all-in-one Iridium and cellular solution for voice, data, and aircraft tracking. For more information, contact Flightcell International Limited, phone +64 3 545 8651, email info@flightcell.com, visit www.flightcell.com or follow them on social media: LinkedIn, Facebook, & Twitter.

January 29, 2018
Flightcell DZMx developments concerning the Air Medical Sector
Successful Zoll & Lifepak Monitor Integration
Late last year we integrated a Zoll X Series monitor/defibrillator and a LifePak 15 monitor/defibrillator with the DZMx and a WiFi hub. We tested them with the help of Zoll NZ, St John NZ and GCH Aviation (formerly Garden City Helicopters).

We successfully and repeatedly sent 12-Lead ECG reports from the monitors to their respective data centers over DZMx cell data!

What does this mean for your customers?
They can now transmit patient ECG information to the Emergency Department (ED) while inbound, instead of waiting until they arrive. This allows more time to mobilise the cardiac team and prepare stents if they are necessary. This technology make life a lot easier for the crew, but more importantly it will save lives.

Customers may have monitors with in-built cellular capability, however without an installed external antenna the range is limited. A DZMx installed solution will be far superior to anything they have already.

Compliance with FAA Helicopter Air Ambulance Mandate
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) mandate as detailed in advisory circular AC 135-14B specifies that operators must install a Flight Data Monitoring System (FDMS), that meets certain criteria, in each HAA by April 23, 2018.

The Flightcell DZMx will be compliant with this mandate. It will be capable of recording flight performance data including at minimum: latitude, longitude, barometric altitude, and date/time of recording, once per second and have sufficient memory to retain the data over 4 hours of flight time.