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Luma Technologies Offers ‘Goggle Ready’ LED Solution for Bell 206, 206L, 214, and 412 Operators


Luma Technologies announces the addition of the Bell 206, 206L, 214, and 412 platforms to their list of certified LED caution warning panels for retrofit and fleet modernization programs. Luma’s initial STCs cover installation of their “4000 Series” LED caution warning panels as a drop-in replacement to the incandescent versions that have been an OEM standard on these venerable workhorses since first entering commercial service in the mid-1960s.


“This is a big deal” says Bruce Maxwell, Luma’s president, as it marks our return and first major offering to the rotary market since the early days working with HeliLynx on their FX performance kits for AS350/355s. We made a name for ourselves in the fixed-wing marketplace adding new life to older aircraft with our drop-in, plug-and-play LED replacement panels for King Air, Beechjet, and other platforms. We gave them immediate relief from costly repairs and a dwindling reserve of spare parts. With brand new LED displays and a five-year warranty, there’s a lot of happy campers out there.”


“What’s even better is these panels come to market incorporating our new “Goggle Ready” design philosophy delivering FAA- approved sunlight readable aviation colors that do not adversely affect night vision goggle performance” Maxwell says. “It’s a big deal because it allows an operator an affordable certification path should they choose to configure the aircraft for dual-role capability or future NVIS operations down the road.”


Luma is not in the NVIS modification/certification business. One still needs to work with their qualified/preferred integration provider if an NVIS certification is involved, but the process is much more streamlined than in the past. For some, it’s as simple as getting their provider to amend their existing STC package to get the new panel added to the MDL, or for new projects Luma Technologies is part of the installation from the beginning. There’s no need for expensive panel modifications with reworked cap assemblies, filters, lamps, and lenses all cobbled together.


Pilots have long suffered with burned out lamps and sun- bleached, hard to read legends since Day One. Luma solves all that with laser-crisp, easy to read LED annunciation all in a single NVIS friendly plug-and-play solution. The STCs are broken down into Part 27 and Part 29 categories, and will likely transition to AML status as more platforms are added going forward.


Elbit Systems Awarded Approximately $17 Million Contract to Supply Groundbreaking BrightNite™ Systems to an Air Force in a NATO Country


Elbit Systems recently announced that it was awarded a contract to supply its groundbreaking multi-spectral BrightNite system to an air force in a NATO country. The contract, in an amount of approximately $17 million, will be performed over a 30-month period.


Low-flying helicopters are especially vulnerable to threats such as difficult terrain, enemy fire, and obstacles in the flight path. Sorties must be performed both day and night, and are often carried out in DVE conditions, which adds to an already heavy workload. Prior to BrightNite, flight crews had to rely on night vision goggles (which have limited capabilities) to accomplish their mission. Factors like complete darkness, poor weather conditions, brownouts, whiteouts, and sandstorms limit the pilot’s’ field of view. Lightweight, compact, and cost-effective, BrightNite is a multi-spectral end-to-end panoramic piloting solution that delivers landscape scenery directly to both eyes of the pilot, including 2D flight symbology and 3D mission symbology. This enables intuitive head-up, eyes-out orientation flight in pitch dark and other low-visibility landing conditions. The scenery picture is driven from the multi-spectral sensor, which regardless of outer light conditions, fused multiple day and night cameras into one crystal-clear, very intuitive piloting picture.


Bezhalel “Butzi” Machlis, president and CEO of Elbit Systems commented, “We are proud to have won this contract, which enables helicopter pilots to gain highly advanced operational capabilities by flying in more than 90 percent of nights and in adverse weather conditions.”


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Jan/Feb 2017


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