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Bird strikes prevention becomes standard on Bell 407s
Bell has selected a bird strike prevention system from Precise Flight for its 407 helicopter family. The Pulselite System also enhances safety by increasing visibility and reflecting speed and directional movement.
Bird numbers worldwide are growing, and Bell has a plan to reduce future danger.
Read this story in our September 2019 printed issue.

US-based safety solutions manufacturer Precise Flight's patented Pulselite System has been selected by Bell Flight as standard equipment for the Bell 407 programme. The Pulselite System is an FAA certified lightweight electrical system controller that alternately pulses the landing and auxiliary lights of a helicopter, thereby increasing its visibility and reflecting the speed and directional movement of the aircraft. In addition to enhancing the margin of safety by increasing aircraft recognition, the Pulselite System has been proven to significantly reduce bird strikes.

“The Bell 407 programme is committed to providing our customers around the world with the safest and most innovative aircraft in the rotorcraft industry,” says Bell Flight programme director, light aircraft Eric Sinusas. “Our decision to make the Pulselite System standard equipment is the result of an extensive and thorough evaluation process and will enable our customers to increase their margin of safety for the lifetime of the aircraft.”

The recent growth in global bird populations, combined with the increase in global air traffic, has caused bird strikes to become a primary safety threat and financial burden to rotorcraft operators.

“The Bell 407 programme is one of the most innovative and successful programmes in the global rotorcraft industry,” adds Precise Flight chief executive officer Doug La Placa. "Precise Flight is honoured to supply the Pulselite System to the Bell 407 programme, and we are excited to share the many proven safety benefits of the Pulselite System with Bell's customers around the world.”

The Pulselite System is certified for all major rotorcraft models through the FAA and was recently granted foreign co-validation from EASA, the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil and the Civil Aviation Administration of China for Bell 407 aircraft.

In addition to being standard equipment on new Bell 407 aircraft, the Pulselite System may be installed as an aftermarket modification to existing aircraft.

The Pulselite System is installed on some of the world's largest rotorcraft fleets, including Air Methods, Metro Aviation, Maverick Helicopters, the US Coast Guard, the US Forest Service, and PHI Helicopters.

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