Becker Digital Airborne Audio Control System Aids Law Enforcement

Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) near Washington, D.C., recently took delivery of its second new Bell 429 light-twin law enforcement/EMS helicopter equipped with Becker Avionics DVCS6100 Digital Audio System.

The FCPD’s aviation unit received its first Bell 429 in December of 2011 and has since logged 600 flight hours and executed 900 missions to protect and support the 1.2 million people who reside in Fairfax County. FCPD’s 429 helicopters are configured for law enforcement operations and emergency medical service. In the first seven months of the year, the FCPD’s initial 429 helicopter performed 40 medical evacuations and directly assisted in 34 arrests.

Both of FCPD’s new 429s were completed and delivered by Paradigm Aerospace Corporation/PAC International in Mount Pleasant, Pa. The Becker DVCS6100 was chosen for both aircraft due to its unique ability to effectively manage and control all audio sources in the aircraft. 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 airborne law enforcement and air medical transport organizations.

The DVCS6100 manages up to eight transceivers, receivers and several audio warning sources in one central system. It is also the only commercial digital audio product available that can provide simulcast capability on eight channels.

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