Maximizing Your Awareness

Posted Monday, August 26 2013 as Industry News

Vertical Magazine Article on Sandel HeliTAWS

Maximizing Your Awareness

Story and photos by Dan Magna

Sandel’s updated ST3400H HeliTAWS offering raises the bar in helicopter terrain awareness and warning systems and exposes a need for the industry to update its TAWS standards.

I marvel at today’s technology. It boggles my mind to consider the advances that have taken place and the innovative products that have come to market in recent years. Today, we have capabilities at our fingertips that not long ago seemed to exist only in science fiction. 

Having spent nearly 20 years flying for one of Southern California’s largest public safety agencies, I can remember occasions when I resisted suggestions to incorporate some of the early versions of those new technologies — such as helicopter terrain awareness and warning systems (HTAWS) — just because they were so new. While they may have been advertised as the latest and greatest, I couldn’t help but wonder how much benefit they really provided: might these systems fall short of expectations or perhaps adversely affect my ability to accomplish the mission? 

Our operations at the time involved day and night/night-vision-goggle visual-flight-rules  operations, utilizing a fleet of nine helicopters. Our law enforcement, search and rescue, and firefighting missions covered 4,200 square miles, consisting of rugged terrain from below sea level to over 6,000 feet altitude.

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