Becker Avionics Announces ETSO Certification for New Audio Control Panel ACU6101 8TX

HeliExpo2011, Orlando, FL, March 7, 2011 – Becker Avionics announced the receipt of ETSO certification for the Audio Control Unit (ACU) 6101, 8TX panel. The ACU6101, 8TX panel version has been specifically designed to meet the operator requirements for a dedicated Cabin Audio Control Panel.

This new panel design is based on the standard ACU6101 Cockpit Panel and is the latest addition to the state-of-the-art and popular Digital Audio Selector and Intercom System, the DVCS6100. Designed for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, the ACU6101 Cabin Audio Control Panel is specially optimized for restricted panel size applications and offers up to 8 communication channels, 2 navigation receivers, low power consumption, as well as reduced weight and size. The system is superior to legacy analog systems, as it offers crystal-clear voice communication, a proven Man-Machine-Interface (MMI), outstanding reliability, as well as scalability and flexibility with fully configurable system software.

About ACU6101 - Cabin Audio Control Panel

The ACU6101 is part of the Digital Voice Communication System (DVCS 6100). It serves as a cabin audio control unit for the REU6100 Remote Electronic Unit. A maximum of six (6) Audio Control Units can be connected to one Remote Electronic Unit.

The ACU6101 offers the following control features on the front panel:

• 1 Rotary switch, 9 positions, to pre-select the active transceiver as well as Public Address or Intercom mode.

• 8 push button Monitoring switches combined with potentiometers and furnished with an LED indicator for each transceiver.

• 2 push button Monitoring switches combined with potentiometers for receivers only.

• 1 VOICE button with LED to switch the ident filter on and off (green LED: filter on, ident frequency 1020 Hz suppressed).

• 1 ISOL/CALL button with LED’s to control the intercom functions between cockpit and cabin area.

About the DVCS6100

The DVCS6100 design provides the customer with ability to match a wide range of operational requirements with only one system. The built-in scalability and flexibility reduces not only the cost and time requirements for constant re-engineering and certification for a tailored system solution, but also reduces the learning curve for integration, maintenance and troubleshooting time. Through software programming options, the system is both easily and quickly configurable to individual customer requirements, thus saving time and money.

The DVCS’ open system architecture technology provides for operational comfort and superior voice quality, ensuring that almost any customer requirement can be met, while providing crystal clear communication for crew and passengers. Becker Avionics focuses on meeting individual requirements with the highest commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. The state-of-the-art Digital DVCS6100 will enhance the effectiveness of any aerial platform. When compared to a legacy analog audio system, Digital technology provides simplified installation, improved performance, reduced wiring and weight, along with reduced installation and maintenance costs. Furthermore, the comprehensive built-in-test (BIT) feature enables line maintenance crews to easily diagnose/isolate failures and replace system components quickly.

No matter what the mission; from Police and EMS, to passenger transport and surveillance or utility operations, the Becker Digital Audio system ensures a more modern and capable aerial platform.

DVCS6100 Digital Audio System Features

The DVCS6100 has been designed for both rotary and fixed-wing applications. The product fully reflects Becker Avionics’ proven know-how of more than four decades in audio system development for the aerospace industry. Since the market introduction of the 1st DVCS generation, over 700 systems have been delivered, with all achieving outstanding field reliability. Our continuous product improvement program has made the DVCS6100 another Becker Avionics success story.

Becker’s Digital Audio technology is superior to any analog system, as it offers crystal-clear voice communication quality, a proven Man-Machine-Interface (MMI), outstanding reliability, scalability and flexibility, and is software configurable. The main system components of the DVCS6100 system are the Remote Electronic Unit (REU) 6100, the Audio Control Unit (ACU) 6100, and the optional Intercom Amplifier IC3100.

The product offers up to 8 communication transmit (TX) and up to 8 receiver (RX) channels, an integrated warning tone generator for up to 8 different signals, an amplifier for 2 cockpit speakers, as well as interfaces for 2 Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR), and a Public Address Amplifier (PA).

Up to 6 ACU’s can be operated together with one REU. Each unit can be configured with the included software to give complete adjustments across different on-board systems. The system also meets the highest standards for night operation under NVG and military conditions. The ACU6100 is available with NVIS green (MIL-STD 3009 Green B) and white Backlight, and offers emergency and slaved mode operation. Thus, the DVCS6100 represents a unique mission support tool that easily outperforms the competition. Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 provides ‘best in class’ performance and is the leader in commercially certified Digital intercoms!

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, AgustaWestland, 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, Egypt Navy, Indonesian Navy, Portuguese Air Force, US Army, US Air Force, US Navy and US Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, etc. For more information see: or