Airbus Helicopters, Precise Flight enter into agreement to reduce bird strikes

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Precise Flight, Inc. have entered into a supply agreement for the Pulselite Bird Strike Prevention System, which will be offered as an option on all Airbus Helicopters models marketed in the United States, the company said.

The Pulselite System is an FAA-certified lightweight electrical system controller that alternately pulses the landing and auxiliary lights of a helicopter, thereby increasing its visibility and reflecting the speed and directional movement of the aircraft. The Pulselite System has been shown to reduce bird strikes up to 66 percent, according to Precise Flight.

The company said recent exponential growth in global bird populations, combined with the increase in global air traffic, has caused bird strikes to become a primary safety threat and financial burden to rotorcraft operators.

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. is the US affiliate of Airbus Helicopters, a helicopter manufacturer and a subsidiary of the Airbus Group. Airbus Helicopters, Inc. manufactures H125 and UH-72A helicopters and markets, sells and supports the civil and parapublic helicopters offered in the US.

Precise Flight, Inc.´s Pulselite Bird Strike Prevention System is an FAA-approved onboard solution proven to reduce bird strikes for commercial aviation.