Following a developmental STC program with a large US para-public AW139 operator, Axnes has received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) approval for the conversion to the digital Polycon Next Generation (PNG) wireless intercom system. The Axnes-led program involved an initial retrofit for the AW139 as a proof of concept that led to a fleet replacement under the STC authorization.
Better communications for emergency helicopters
The new Axnes PNG wireless ICS enables line of sight wireless communication with full AES 256 grade encryption for secure transmission, as well as rugged and versatile components. A complete PNG system consists of an installed base station, control panel, charging station and capabilities for multiple wireless transceivers. Axnes offers two handset options with either the MP50 or MP30. Each handset offers GPS positioning, lithium batteries and UHF capability. Additionally, the MP50 is waterproof and dual band capable with both UHF and VHF (marine) frequencies.
Travis County Star Flight has been enjoying the PNG for some time, following the delivery of its AW169 airframes earlier this year, in which the intercom system was integrated by Leonardo prior to final delivery.