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Panterra Heli Support acquires Black Hawk firefighting and utility aircraft

Dallas Avionics and Panterra Heli Support Press Release | May 21, 2024

Estimated reading time 4 minutes, 12 seconds.

Panterra Heli Support, announced the company acquired a newly repurposed Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopter modified for firefighting and utility work.

Dallas Avionics equipped the new tactical equipment that was installed at Ace Aeronautics, Guntersville, Alabama.

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“This aircraft is available for purchase or possible lease,” said vice president of sales and business development Adrienne Robinson. “This aircraft is versatile and well-suited for numerous specialty missions.  All the equipment we ordered from Dallas Avionics was designed to give an operator or owner the most advance communications equipment available on the market.”

The new aircraft’s avionics and communications package comes equipped with Dual TDFM 136B VHF/FM transceivers from Technisonic. Multiple (3) JA95 audio controllers, JA40 ICS tie line isolation transformer, JA31 intercom bus selector, JA34 universal blue tooth radio adapter, JA72 glove box with dual charging ports, and multiple JA74 USB C Ports from Jupiter Avionics.

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It has Flightcell DZMX satcom and USFS tracking with Wi-Fi, Fire, and Loadcell apps. In addition, it also has Flightcell SmartHub and cockpit camera system; and lastly, an AEM LSS440 PA system.

It has Garmin Dual GTN750h xi (NVG) cw data card Americas, GTX 345 DR Transponder, and a GAE 12 Encoder.

“We were thrilled to work with Panterra Heli Support to equip this aircraft with the latest communication, equipment said,” Dallas Avionics Scott Edwards. “We work hard to make sure we have the best equipment available and to be a single source supplier. It was great to be able to work with Adrienne and her team  to help them with all their needs on this unique aircraft.”

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In addition to the navigation and communication equipment, the retrofitted Black Hawk also has a new RMCI HUMS XRDS for monitoring. Exhaust assemblies were added from Aerometals. New LED lights, a Max Pulse pulselight flaser, fuel reclamation kit, vertical reference kit, locking fuel cap, Bambi bucket fill connection, max connection, cargo hook with weigh system and provisions for Helitak Firefighting equipment were installed.

“Working with Rich Enderle and the team at Ace Aeronautics we were able to equip this aircraft to give our customers the most versatile, advanced aircraft possible. Whether they will be fighting fires, performing utility work or performing another special mission, this aircraft is ready. It is great to see such an amazing helicopter gain new life for civilian operations,” said Robinson.

This press release was prepared and distributed by Dallas Avionics and Panterra Heli Support.

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