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Bird-strike Prevention System Gets Approvals for B407

08 August 2018

Bird-strike Prevention System Gets Approvals for B407

Precise Flight’s Pulselite bird-strike prevention system has received EASA and Chinese CAAC approval for use on Bell 407 helicopters. The system pulses the existing landing and auxiliary lights on a helicopter, resulting in increased visibility of the aircraft to birds as well as other pilots. Pulselite's system is FAA certified for all major rotorcraft models and installed on more than 25,000 aircraft globally.

"The Bell 407 is one of the most successful and prestigious programs in the global rotorcraft industry, and Precise Flight is honored to offer the Pulselite System to Bell’s customers in the fastest-growing rotorcraft markets,” said Doug La Placa, CEO of Precise Flight.

According to Precise Flight, bird strikes remain a safety threat to helicopter operators as global bird populations increase. FAA statistics reported a greater than 700 percent increase in helicopter bird strikes since the early 2000s, the company said. Pulselite's system addresses the threat through a lightweight electrical system controller that increases visibility while reflecting speed and directional movement of the aircraft through alternately pulsing lights. The system also allows the filament and bulb of an aircraft’s lights to run at a reduced temperature while maintaining full-rated candlepower.