Bell Helicopter names FTG for cockpit power supply

TORONTO, 22 Sept. 2005. Firan Technology Group (FTG) Corp. today announced its Aerospace Division has entered into an agreement with Bell Helicopter Textron on the development, design and manufacture of programmable power supplies.

TORONTO, 22 Sept. 2005. Firan Technology Group (FTG) Corp. today announced its Aerospace Division has entered into an agreement with Bell Helicopter Textron on the development, design and manufacture of programmable power supplies.

Bell will use FTG's Lighting Power Supply (LPS) on its new helicopter, the 429 Light Twin. The 429 offers seating for eight passengers plus crew, has baggage compartment access from either aft or side doors, and features a flat-floored cabin for optimal patient access on every air medical mission.

The FTG Lighting Power Supply is designed to be programmable and have dimming functions for each of the outputs. Airframe manufacturers who install illuminated panels will now be able to program and/or pre-select specific dimming tables for each of their panels. These dimming tables would be separately adjusted to allow for balancing of the cockpit panels. This product greatly reduces the time and cost for aircraft manufacturers to complete the integration of an aircraft cockpit.

"We recognized in our discussions with various OEM's that the method of balancing illuminated cockpit panels in an aircraft was dated," said Peter Dimopoulos, sales manager. So FTG Aerospace launched a line of programmable power supplies in response to customer demand. "Our customers identified that current methods used in this application were less than ideal. We are extremely pleased to be working with a premiere OEM in the launch of our new product."

FTG is an aerospace and defence electronics product and subsystem supplier to the North American marketplace. FTG has two operating units; FTG Circuits and FTG Aerospace.

FTG Circuits is a manufacturer of high technology/high reliability printed circuit boards. Our customers are leaders in the aviation, defence, and high technology industries. FTG Circuits has operations in Toronto, Ontario and Chatsworth, Calif. FTG Aerospace manufactures illuminated cockpit panels, keyboards and sub-assemblies for original equipment manufacturers of avionics products as well as airframe manufacturers. For more information, see www.firantechnology.com.

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