Rockwell Collins licenses Sandel HeliTAWS™ Technology

Posted Saturday, March 05 2011 as Company News

Sandel's advanced HTAWS terrain avoidance technology selected by Rockwell Collins for incorporation into their rotorcraft products

Sandel Avionics announced today that it has signed a long-term software license agreement with Rockwell Collins to provide its Sandel HeliTAWS terrain warning technology for use in Rockwell Collins' integrated rotorcraft avionics systems.

"I'm pleased to be associated with the most respected company in the industry, and also pleased that Rockwell Collins has chosen our HeliTAWS technology as a platform to enhance the safety of its customers' rotorcraft," said Gerry Block, Sandel's CEO.

Sandel's HeliTAWS is a terrain safety technology that uses Sandel's proprietary TrueAlert™ adaptive algorithms to determine pilot intent and provide terrain alerting while virtually eliminating nuisance alerting, a problem which plagues competitive systems. With TrueAlert, pilots can safely take off, cruise, hover and land at off-airport locations without triggering nuisance alerts, while still receiving the established benefits of Class-A terrain and obstacle warnings during the entire flight. The system is completely automatic and does not require pilot management of the phase of flight.

Other benefits of HeliTAWS include its off-airport landing capability; high-resolution 3-D terrain display; Class A HTAWS functionality; and such growth features as NVIS compatibility and the newly-announced WireWatch™ wire-strike avoidance technology. In addition to HEMS (helicopter emergency medical services), HeliTAWS is also ideally suited for such demanding missions as oil rig operations, tactical military support, airborne law enforcement and search & rescue.

Sandel Avionics, located in Vista, California, is a privately held company that provides compact integrated display systems for business aviation, air transport and regional, and rotary-wing aircraft. Recent successes include the company’s best-selling, turbine-class ST3400 TAWS and its 4-ATI retrofit primary flight displays, and its new HeliTAWS™ is the helicopter industry’s first complete helicopter safety solution. Additional information can be found at

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