Avionics News May 2017 - 25
FACILITIES: Based in Sophia
Antipolis, France, with additional
offices in France, the United
States and United Kingdom
WHAT THEY DO:
McMurdo Group specializes
in search and rescue tracking
technologies for civilian and military
customers in the aviation and
EMPLOYEES: 400 worldwide;
53 in Guidel, France
FOUNDED: 1976 by James Audren
AEA MEMBER SINCE: 2011
McMurdo Group's office in Lanham, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C., serves as headquarters for the North American market. In 2015, the company opened
an Emergency Readiness and Response Experience Center at the facility. The state-of-the-art center showcases the latest innovations and technology in search
and rescue with real-time demos of the entire process, from distress beacon activation to satellite-based location detection to emergency response coordination.
for our aviation and military beacons, Kannad ELTs and
SARBE military PLBs is located. Our global presence allows
us to serve locally the North American market from our
Washington, D.C., headquarters. This structure makes a huge
difference for our partners, being close to our customers and
enabling them to rely on a local stock and customer support."
Developing early SAR technology
McMurdo's legacy dates to 1976 when James Audren started
SERPE, an electronics lab turned safety devices manufacturer,
in Lorient. Orolia acquired the company in 2009.
"James Audren had a real entrepreneurship spirit," Belleux
said. "He proposed one of the first 406 MHz emergency
beacons using the Cospas-Sarsat satellite search and
rescue. Located on the seaside, where the fishing
industry is strong, James had the ambition to improve the
fishermen's safety. These innovations were well received by
the local community and then developed internationally."
In 1995, an Airbus aircraft received the first Kannad ELT
installation on a commercial aircraft. Since then, McMurdo has
developed ELTs and personal locator beacons for all aviation
markets, from light experimental aircraft to large commercial
aircraft such as the A380.
In January 2017, McMurdo expanded its leisure market
with its new Integra Easy installation kit, which includes the
Integra ELT, remote control panel, connectors and external
antenna. The kit is compatible with 121.5 MHz ELT interfaces
no longer monitored by Cospas-Sarsat.
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