Becker Avionics Introduces a New Maritime VHF Dual Band Transceiver for the Polycon Wireless Intercom Extension System

Miramar, FL – August 15, 2011 – Becker Avionics the partner of Axnes Aviation AS for sales and marketing, as well as product support services for the Polycon Wireless Extension System for North and South America, announced the introduction of the new Maritime VHF Dual-Band Transceiver for the Polycon Wireless Intercom Extension System.

The new MP20 dual-band transceiver now features a Maritime VHF radio component in addition to the UHF radio used for communication with the aircraft intercom system. The Maritime VHF will provide a backup communication channel in the case an external crewmember should want to communicate directly with a vessel, or as a backup communication option if the aircraft for any reason needs to relocate out of range of the external crewmember(s).

Brett Gardner, Director of Sales and Marketing stated “With the MP20 Transceiver now providing extra Maritime VHF channels, operators will have the advantage of combining two radios in one, reducing the number of radios that external crew members need to carry and, thus increase safety and comfort through reduced system complexity and weight.”

The new Polycon MP20 Dual-Band Transceiver is fully compatible with the standard Polycon MP20 single band transceiver version, and can be used in mixed combination between both. Externally, there are some slight changes setting the single and dual band units apart:

• a longer antenna (1 cm)

• a black rubber front PTT button

About Polycon Wireless Intercom System

Polycon communication system was developed by professionals, for professionals and its superior performance and unique patented features are unmatched by competitors. The Polycon system was also developed in close cooperation with professional Search and Rescue (SAR) teams. The system fully integrates the external operating crew into the aircraft intercom system and provides increased situational awareness and constant un-interrupted communication between crewmembers which is critical to mission execution. The Polycon system has become standard equipment in SAR helicopters from major European helicopter manufacturers and other aircraft OEMs.

Features include:

• Wireless Intercom Extension

• Waterproof design (1m)

• Rugged construction

• Long Range (10-15 nm)

• Effective Noise Canceling technology

• Hands Free Operation

• Accurate and Dependable Voice Activation technology

• Casualty Communication

• Multiple Aircraft Certifications

• Small Physical Size (Base Station & Transceiver)

The System provides semi-duplex communication, based on 16 optional channels (Standard 409 – 419 MHz, UHF). Additionally, the system provides two operational modes, PTT operation or ‘No Interrupt’ Voice X-mission (NIVOX) activation and allows for TX output power adjustment up to 0.5 W.

The mobile transceiver is waterproof to 1 meter (3 feet), or up to 24 hours in a submersion vest. With its integral microphone built into the mobile transceiver, helmet removal is not required to speak to a casualty/patient.

The unique patented antenna (isotropic radiation non-directional) provides outstanding performance, and a typical range with external antenna of up to 10 – 15 NM, or line of sight.

LThe Aircraft Mounted Base Station is qualified to RTCA DO-160D, with installations flying on the most popular SAR Helicopters, such as the EC135, EC145, AS332L2 / EC225, S-76, S-92, and AW139.

The Polycon system is also used in other applications, such as:

• Mechanics working with running engines

• ”Pre-Flight ground checks”

• On / Offloading of personnel

• Ground personnel when using sling loads

• Inter-operations with ships, boats, and ground personnel

• Inter-operations with ground rescue teams

• Mechanics on the ground when conducting short test flights

• Loadmasters on larger helicopters and aircraft

Read more at www.beckerusa.com/polycon

About Axnes Aviation

Axnes Aviation AS specializes in developing, manufacturing and distributing advanced and highly durable wireless intercom systems for use under harsh conditions in aircraft and on other operational platforms.

In close cooperation with SAR operators, Axnes Aviation developed the Polycon system, a Wireless Headset Communication System that seamlessly integrates an audio and intercom system for fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and has been supplying this product to the Aviation industry for 10 years.

Axnes Aviation was founded in 1995, and is a privately held company. The company is located in Norway with offices in Grimstad and Stavanger, close to SAR and EMS operator bases, as well as helicopter operations responsible for servicing SAR and transportation needs of the Oil & Gas industry in the North Sea.

Axnes Aviation AS products are standard and optional equipment for most major rotary wing aircraft suppliers.

Read more at www.axnes.com

About Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics is a privately held high-tech company that develops, manufactures and distributes the latest communications, navigation, surveillance and search & rescue equipment for airborne and ground applications.

Becker Avionics has a longstanding history of over 50 years in providing equipment to General and Corporate Aviation, ATC, law enforcement and military organizations around the world. In order to support international market requirements the Company has established branches around the world. Becker Avionics supports an extensive customer base, such as, but not limited to Eurocopter, EADS, Airbus, British Aerospace, ATR, CASA, RUAG, Xi’an Aircraft Corporation, Agusta-Westland, Pilatus, German Air Force, Navy and Army, German Border Patrol, German Police, Austrian Army and Police, Swiss Air Force, Dutch Police, Security Civil, Irish Air Corps, Egyptian Navy, Indonesian Navy, Portuguese Air Force, US Army, US Air Force, US Navy and US Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, etc. For more information see: www.beckerusa.com or www.becker-avionics.com.

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