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News > Appareo Systems and the Eurocopter Group Unveil ALERTS Vision 1000 Flight data monitoring system developed to proactively address industry needs

Appareo Systems and the Eurocopter Group Unveil ALERTS Vision 1000 Flight data monitoring system developed to proactively address industry needs

February 22, 2009

Anaheim, California Appareo Systems and Eurocopter today unveiled the jointly developed ALERTS Vision 1000 - the most recent extension of Appareo’s award-winning ALERTS product line. The system was developed to provide operators throughout the helicopter industry with access to a flight data monitoring solution to enhance the management of their operations. The ALERTS Vision 1000 combines cockpit imaging, GPS/INS monitoring, cockpit ambient acoustic data and a flight data monitor into a single compact package.

“We are pleased to have had the opportunity to partner with the Eurocopter Group in creating the Vision 1000,” said Barry Batcheller, Appareo President and CEO. “The introduction of this product marks a significant step forward in the availability of comprehensive, affordable FOQA technology for operators of light and legacy aircraft.”

ALERTS (Aircraft Logging and Event Recording for Training and Safety) is the first complete Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) solution for light and legacy aircraft. It allows operators of any size to dramatically improve flight safety and pilot performance through carefully tracking and analyzing large volumes of flight data.

In keeping with earlier ALERTS hardware, the ALERTS Vision 1000 is extremely small and lightweight, making installation possible in nearly any aircraft. Additionally, because the unit requires only aircraft power and ground to function, mounting the unit in an aircraft is a simple process. By adding high-resolution image and ambient acoustic capture abilities to Appareo’s successful ALERTS FOQA system, Eurocopter and Appareo have made a significant contribution to increasing safe helicopter operation across the industry.

“Within the Eurocopter Group we are continuously exploring new ideas to enhance our support of our customers; today we are pleased that the successful teaming effort with Appareo has come to fruition and that this innovative flight data monitoring system, will be incorporated in our helicopters, to enhance the customers ability to safely complete their missions in the future” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter.

The ALERTS Vision 1000 will initially be certified under a Supplemental Type Certificate for the Eurocopter AS350-B2/B3. Certification is expected in late Q3 or early Q4 of 2009 with the first units being delivered and installed in early 2010.

About Appareo Systems, LLC
Founded in 2001, Appareo Systems, LLC is a vibrant and growing company with more than 100 years of combined experience in electronics design and engineering. Appareo Systems creates high-value products through the innovative application of cutting-edge technology.

As a leader in the burgeoning field of Augmented Reality, Appareo Systems has focused their skills and energy into creating groundbreaking advances in flight data recording and analysis. Appareo’s ALERTS system for flight data capture and analysis was named the 2007 Product Breakthrough of the Year by Aviation Week & Space Technology and recognized by the American Helicopter Association with the 2008 Harry T. Jensen award for outstanding contribution to helicopter safety and reliability. Appareo Systems is based in Fargo, ND.

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is a subsidiary of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and the company markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter's headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS and its West Coast Regional Support Facility in Long Beach, CA.

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