Wärtsilä introduces Helicopter Guidance software at Monaco Yacht Show

Aviation, Events, Exhibitions, IT and Communications, Marine Equipment Products and Services, Military, Technical, Technology, Yachting — By on September 27, 2016 at 7:11 AM
Helicopter Guidance outside

Helicopter Guidance outside


Wärtsilä Corporation,  27 September 2016 at 10 am EET – Wärtsilä announces the launch of its helicopter guidance software technology for marine market applications. Originally developed for military applications, the technology is based on the company’s well known Nacos Platinum navigation system. Following increasing demand from the market, Helicopter Guidance has been further developed to suit marine applications, notably in the mega yacht and cruise ship segments.

This ‘plug-in’ tool adds a graphic overlay on electronic chart display & information systems (ECDIS) and radar, and shows at a glance whether or not the helicopter is making a correct approach along the right flight path. The “Heli Guidance” feature can be operated and activated manually. To automate this tool, an optional direct connection to an onboard Helicopter Visual Landing Aid (HVLA) system can be provided. For the tracking of fast objects, this can be used in combination with Wärtsilä’s temporarily connectible High Speed Radar (HSC) function.

Another view of  the Helicopter Guidance outside

Another view of the Helicopter Guidance outside

“Mega yachts often feature a helicopter landing area, which inevitably carries an increased risk of accidents, and which require the full attention of the captain and crew. Our novel Helicopter guidance tool is designed to enhance the safety of shipboard helicopter operations, and is an important addition to our technically advanced solutions vessel navigational aids,” says Stephan Kuhn, Vice President, Electrical & Automation, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.


Helicopter Guidance bridge

Helicopter Guidance bridge

The Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum solution integrates all navigation and automation system controls into a single system that enables the vessel to be navigated, controlled, and monitored from various onboard positions. The truly multi-functional workstations provide combined displays of radar, ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) and conning information, as well as automatic steering and voyage planning operations.

Meet us at the Monaco Yacht Show, Darse Sud, Stand QS85, from September 28 to October 01.
Wärtsilä at Monaco Yacht Show

Note: All three pictures above are under the general caption: The new Wärtsilä Helicopter Guidance software technology is designed to enhance the safety of shipboard helicopter operations.


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