VICTORIA, BC, August 5, 2020 — Latitude Technologies, a leading avionics design and manufacturing firm, is proud to announce that its Operational Loads Monitoring System (OLMS) and Air Tanker Information System (ATIS) for aerial firefighting aircraft have been selected as factory OEM options on Viking Air Limited’s CL-415EAF “Enhanced Aerial Firefighter” amphibious aircraft.
The endorsement by Viking allows CL-415EAF “Enhanced Aerial Firefighter” customers the ability to select Latitude’s Operational Loads Monitoring System (OLMS) and Air Tanker Information System (ATIS) at the time of purchase. Both of these options were selected by CL-415EAF launch customer Bridger Aerospace.
Latitude’s ATIS offers a fully-compliant aircraft-certified solution that meets governmental requirements including those of the United States Forestry Service (USFS). The USFS has listed Latitude’s ATIS solution as a recommended option for those applying to government-tendered contracts for aerial firefighting. Enabled by Latitude’s IONode and SkyNode satellite communications devices, ATIS allows operators, agencies, and regulators to visualize aerial fire attack data with detailed reporting such as drops per hour and volume per attack.
Latitude’s OLMS offers operators USFS compliance through data collection and recording over the duration of aerial firefighting missions. In addition, it leverages the Latitude Flight Data Analytics (LFDA) Flight Data Monitoring platform to support mission/incident investigation to improve training and monitor standard operating procedure compliance. This powerful web-based software allows multiple users within an organization to view flight data and generated events for analysis critical for safety. Latitude’s OLMS will enable Bridger Aerospace’ Flight Operations team to playback flights and evaluate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) such as airspeed and point of retardant release.
Maintenance teams will also be able to monitor the health of the aircraft remotely and receive alerts for exceedance events enabling proactive inspection and reducing AOG times.
“Viking’s selection of our software programs solidifies Latitude’s position as a leading provider of telemetry and aircraft solutions for aerial firefighting,” mentioned Jan van der Heul, Vice President Sales of Latitude Technologies. “The Latitude engineering team pioneered the tracking of aerial water-bombers which eventually led to the Automated Flight Following (AFF) standard in North America – it’s nice to see Latitude’s solutions recognized by major OEMs such as Viking Air Limited.”
For more information on Latitude Technologies’ solutions, contact email@example.com or visit www.latitudetech.com.
About Latitude Technologies
Founded and operating out of Victoria, British Columbia for over 17 years, Latitude is a leading avionics design and manufacturing firm that provides flight data monitoring, flight following, satellite data link and voice communications equipment and services to fixed and rotary wing airline operators and OEMs. Latitude offers complete aircraft communication systems with air-time and service options supporting flight safety, fleet logistics, operations, and maintenance information through data analytics platforms. For more information about Latitude’s products and solutions, visit www.latitudetech.com.
About Longview Aviation Services
Located at the Calgary International Airport, Longview Aviation Services (LAS) was established in 2018 in partnership with Viking Air Limited to launch the CL-415EAF “Enhanced Aerial Firefighter” aircraft upgrade and modification program. The CL-415EAF combines the proven performance of the CL-215 airframe with modern upgrades to create the next generation of the world’s only purpose-built aerial firefighter and multi-mission amphibious platform. For additional information, please visit www.lvas.ca.
About Viking Air Limited
Celebrating 50 years in the Canadian Aerospace industry, Viking is the manufacturer of the world-renowned Twin Otter Series 400 and Guardian 400 Twin-engine turbo-prop aircraft. Viking is the Type Certificate holder for all out-of-production De Havilland Canada aircraft (DHC-1 through the DHC-7) and all Canadair amphibious aircraft, including CL-215, CL-215T & CL-415 aerial firefighters. For more information, visit www.vikingair.com or www.lvav.ca.
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