Bell Helicopter has chosen Texstars (Booth No. 507) to provide birdstrike-resistant windshields for the Bell 525 Relentless. These windshields will feature other safety improvements including enhanced pilot’s field-of-vision and a wrap-around windshield that eliminates the need for lower-view chin bubble windows and overhead skylights. The improved pilot’s view will enable direct sighting of mission objectives and landing zones.
Aviation thrives on innovation, and Aerospace Technologies Group of Boca Raton, Fla., and Aviation Glass & Technology in the Netherlands are doing exactly that.
ATG is a leader in the design and manufacture of aircraft window treatments and shades, and Aviation Glass recently introduced a 1.7-mm clear glass that is up to 25-percent lighter than the typical 3-mm polycarbonate currently in use. The two companies formed a partnership and expect to “conquer new frontiers with its revolutionary glass solution.”
InspecTech Aero Service has enhanced its iShade dimmable windows. According to the company, the windows now have a neutral gray color tint appearance, greater light transmission in the clear state and more light blockage in the dark state. Light blockage is now 99.96 percent when opaque and in the clear state the window admits light equivalent to a traditional window environment.
Since 1999, the North American aero-medical transport industry, particularly its helicopter EMS community, has become increasingly introspective regarding an accident rate it sees as excessive and has focused its attention on night flights and operations in reduced visibility, which constitute a large portion of mishaps. An area of special interest is wider use of technologies to enhance and amplify the visual capabilities of pilots.