July 1st 2016
Airbox Aerospace Limited, the specialist navigation provider, now provides enhanced mission capability and situational awareness to all UK police helicopters, all UK SAR aircraft and over 90 per cent of the UK’s HEMS aircraft.
The aircraft all use ACANS (Aviation Command Aircraft Navigation Systems), a portable tablet-based system designed to improve a pilot’s knowledge of their environment whether at the planning, operational or debrief phase of a mission. Among the innovations included within the ACANS package are power line and obstacle avoidance, aircraft tracking, remote mission tasking and the ability to store and display multiple air and ground maps.
William Moore, Airbox’ Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of the company explained, “We’re immensely proud that ACANS is now the favoured mission software for professional pilots operating in extreme and often demanding environments whether searching for missing persons, picking up casualties or assisting in crime prevention, more often than not the aircraft will be using our systems.”
ACANS is an all-encompassing multi-platform application providing pilots with an unprecedented level of functionality. Other features include full flight planning ability, airspace and terrain awareness including warnings, in-fight navigation, geo-referenced approach plates, advanced satellite weather overlays, remote tasking and multi-user air-ground collaboration.
The mapping engine, derived from RunwayHD, an app originally developed for the General Aviation consumer market, gives users the ability to access and view multiple map scales and styles at any one time including ICAO charts right down to high detail street level mapping and photographic imagery if required. Because chart, airfield and location data is stored offline pilots are now able to carry with them digital documentation that previously would have been a practical impossibility due to volume of paper required.