As part of the deal, Skyryse will install the FlightOS hardware and software onboard a mixed fleet that includes EC130, AS350 and Bell 407 helicopters, as well as fixed-wing aircraft such as the Pilatus PC-12.
Skyryse says it will replace the ageing and ‘overly complex’ manual flight control systems currently fitted on the aircraft, and enable pilots to control their aircraft through a much ‘simpler and safer’ control interface.
In return, Air Methods has invested US$5 million into Skyryse’s Series B funding for the continued development of FlightOS.
The Skyryse FlightOS system is designed to never go offline, and is operational during every phase of flight and situation hazard, including during emergencies. Skyryse says the system is designed to ‘protect a pilot from exiting the flight envelope and can safely manage the aircraft through various flight emergencies, including complete engine failures and autorotation’. The system also employs arrays of sensors to increase safety during a wide range of weather conditions.
“The results of deploying this technology will first and foremost improve safety, lower cockpit workload, and allow our fleet to fully maximize the potential of patient care in a wide range of aircraft models and types,” said Air Methods Executive Vice President of Operations, Leo Morrissette.
Air Methods will appear as the subject of a Provider Profile in AirMed&Rescue’s June issue.