Powerline Detection System Certified on Enstrom 480B
Safe Flight Instrument Corporation’s Powerline Detection System (PDS) has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the Enstrom 480B model helicopter.
The FAA has issued a Type Certificate for the Powerline Detection System. Safe Flight and Enstrom are currently working towards a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) that will allow for a retrofit installation to existing in-service 480 operators. The Powerline Detection System will also be offered as a production option from the Menominee Michigan based Enstrom Helicopter Corporation.
Safe Flight’s Powerline Detection System has been FAA and EASA certified and is currently being operated worldwide. PDS is an extremely lightweight and passive system that alerts the aircraft pilot and crew when approaching an energized power line in a heads up attitude. The system provides a visual and aural warning to the crew. As the aircraft approaches the danger the aural warning intensifies allowing the pilot to avoid contact with the hazard altogether.