LA County Fire Department selects Becker Mission ADS-B Transponder for retrofitting helicopter fleet

L.A. County Fire Department (LACOFD) Air Operations has selected Becker Avionics’ ADS-B transponder, the BXT6500 series, for retrofitting their existing fleet of helicopters. LACOFD operates a fleet of Bell 412 and Sikorsky S-70 helicopters. With the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ADS-B mandated deadline of Jan. 1, 2020, quickly approaching, LACOFD selected the mission capable BXT transponder to become ADS-B compliant. The quick installation took approximately 30 hours to complete and was accomplished by LACOFD’s capable maintenance department.

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The L.A. County Fire Department operates a fleet of Sikorsky S-70 and Bell 412 helicopters. Becker Photo
The L.A. County Fire Department operates a fleet of Sikorsky S-70 and Bell 412 helicopters. Becker Photo
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Senior consultant, Lee Benson commented, “LACOFD is a world-class public safety operator that demands the most capable equipment to accomplish their mission safely. The BXT6500 series replaces their existing Becker transponders that have worked for 18 years with minimal maintenance.”

The BXT6500 transponder series is a robust, cost-effective and ADS-B compliant transponder that combines unique customer benefits, such as reduced size and weight, durable housing without ventilation slots or forced cooling, antenna diversity or single antenna configurations, digital interfaces, TCAS compatibility, and special mission capabilities.

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