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November 7, 2011

Cobham partners with Carson Helicopters

Mineral Wells-based Cobham Commercial Systems announced Tuesday it will begin working with Carson Helicopters to retrofit certain Sikorsky aircraft with upgraded avionics.

In a press release, Cobham officials said the company will supply “a highly integrated flight deck that features large-format synthetic vision flight displays, advanced flight management capability, integrated hazard alerting (terrain, traffic, and weather), dual audio/radio control units, dual VHF navigation and communication radios, dual automatic direction finding systems, a distance measuring system, an integrated audio/radio management unit, an aft-cabin audio control system, and an optional mission computer and display system.”

The helicopter models scheduled for the retrofits are the Sikorski S-61, S-76 and UH-60, according to the press release.

Cobham and Carson officials said they are looking forward to working with each other on this project.

Roger Smith, general manager of Cobham’s Mineral Wells facility, said, “Cobham is delighted to join Carson Helicopters in bringing this capability to the market,” adding the company’s experience “is a perfect match for the wide variety of roles and operating environments of heavy-lift helicopters.”

Carson Helicopters Owner Frank Carson said that “adding Cobham’s advanced avionics dramatically reduces pilot workload, increases safety, and provides for future growth.”

The new avionics suite will first be certified on the S-61 model, according to the press release, to be followed by the S-76 and UH-60.

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