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AIRBORNE APPLICATIONS


THE POLYCON AIRBORNE WIRELESS INTERCOM EXTENSION SYSTEM (AWIS) FOR THE U.S. ARMY’S UH-72A LAKOTA HELICOPTER


Becker Avionics, partner with Axnes Aviation AS for sales and marketing, as well as product support services for the Polycon Wireless Intercom Extension System for North and South America, now offers the Polycon Aircraft Wireless Intercom System (AWIS) solution for the U.S. Army’s UH‐72A Lakota light utility helicopter model. The Polycon AWIS is compatible with rotary and fixed wing aircraft analog and digital wired inter‐ com systems, such as Becker’s DVCS6100 Digital Audio system, which is installed as standard equipment on the UH‐72A fleet and its variants.


The Polycon AWIS provides the capa‐ bility to have audio communications between Lakota crewmembers in and


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away from the aircraft – for example, during equipment and passenger load‐ ing operations. The system eliminates communication restrictions by providing seamless hands‐free wireless communi‐ cations to all crewmembers in order to perform safe and effective cargo load‐ ing, aircraft maintenance, engine runs, refueling/defueling, pre‐ and post‐fight checks, and other external mission requirements like hoist and sling‐load operations.


“Current helicopter wireless intercom systems are utilized for short‐range com‐ munications in and around the aircraft. But their range is limited to 1200‐1500 feet. If the operator uses drop cords, these cords physically connect ground


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and aircrew members to the aircraft,” Brett Gardner, Director of Sales and Marketing for Becker Avionics, Inc., stat‐ ed. “Being tethered to the aircraft by a cord restricts the user’s movement and offers the potential risk for becoming tangled with other cords, equipment, and the aircraft thus complicating ground operations. In addition, ground and air‐ crew are forced to use hand signals in case the length of the cord is too short. The Polycon system eliminates all that and provides effective, long‐range com‐ munication capability,” he continued. The Polycon wireless intercom system provides hands‐free, semi‐duplex com‐ munication, which allows an unlimited number of users on a single channel. The


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