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EASA approves FLARM for helicopters

10th May 2019 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved FLARM traffic awareness and collision avoidance technology for fixed installation in helicopters, FLARM announced on 7 May.

The newly published EASA Certification Memorandum (CM) extends generic FLARM installations from ELA2 aircraft to all CS 23, CS 27 and CS 29 aircraft, including all rotorcraft. The CM approves FLARM for both visual flight rules and instrument flight rules under vertical milling centre. The approval will enable both operators and aircraft manufacturers to easily integrate FLARM systems.

Daniel Hoffmann, general manager at FLARM Technology, said: ‘We have seen a massive increase in demand for FLARM from helicopter operators all around Europe in just the last two years. In Switzerland, almost all helicopters already have FLARM since a few years. In Germany and other European countries, many large operators, including the federal police, ADAC and DRF, have FLARM installed in their large helicopter fleets.

‘This also opens the door for the whole certified avionics market. We are currently in discussions with several certified avionics manufacturers about both integration of FLARM as well as display compatibility with standalone FLARM systems.’

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