MD Helicopters and partner Universal Avionics Systems of Tucson, Ariz., are progressing well in their program to offer a next-generation cockpit for the MD Explorer helicopter. Capable of supporting single-pilot IFR operations, the new cockpit will be available on both new-build helicopters and as a retrofit option. The Explorer has found particular success in the law enforcement and emergency medical services (EMS) world.
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New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
Gulfstream Aerospace has assembled a diverse supplier team for its new G500 and G600 large cabin jets, which the OEM announced on October 14.
Power for the new models will come from Pratt & Whitney Canada’s new PW800 engines. The 16,000-pound-thrust PW814GA and PW815GA powerplants have the same core technology used in the company’s family of geared turbofan commercial engines. The new engine was on display at P&WC’s NBAA exhibit along with the company’s PW600, PW300 and PT6A engines.
International Communications Group (ICG), Newport News, Va., formed 20 years ago to specialize in connectivity for the cruise-ship industry. The company now is a major supplier to the aerospace industry and has relationships with all the major OEMs and many MRO companies in business aviation.
With the 1,500th enhanced vision system recently delivered, Elbit Systems (Booth 4246) has been at the forefront of this technology since the first Kollsman enhanced vision system (EVS) was developed in 2001. At this year’s NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., the company unveiled a number of developments as part of its ClearVision situational awareness enhancement range. Among the aims is to gain credits for landing with a 1,000-ft runway visual range (RVR), equating roughly to a 50-foot decision height.
Melbourne, Florida-based Extant Components Group Holdings (Extant) announced at NBAA 2014 that it has experienced considerable growth this year with the addition of three product lines through acquisition or license agreements with major aviation OEMs.
Extant signed an agreement on Monday to acquire Rockwell Collins’s Customer Specified Avionics (CSA) product line, which includes more than 100 individual assemblies, including electronic controls, audio and annunciator panels, current sensors and converters used on a wide range of business jets.
Bombardier announced yesterday that it will be doubling its fleet of customer response team (CRT) trucks with a planned total of 14 trucks in operation by the end of the year.
“Our customers are learning to love the small jobs that can be done right in the hangar, eliminating a flight to a maintenance facility,” said Stan Younger, the OEM’s vice president of customer support and training. “We’re going from 2,100 unplanned maintenance events in 2011 and this year we’ll see 4,500 and so customers are starting to learn how to use that CRT truck as a tool.
Operators that need to meet upcoming ADS-B OUT mandates have an option for a precision GPS source, the Esterline CMC Electronics IntegriFlight CMA-5024 landing system sensor. The CMA-5024 not only meets the ADS-B OUT GPS sensor requirements but also offers the optional CMA-5025 control panel so the unit can act as a completely independent precision approach system.
Sportsman’s Market (Booth 1357) is here in Orlando highlighting the various products offered by its many divisions, which range from the popular Sporty’s Pilot Shop to the company’s flight school–Sporty’s Flight Center–to airport management, avionics repair and installation, aircraft sales and a seemingly endless cornucopia of general aviation services. One of the products that has long been of interest to the business aviation market is the SP-400 portable radio, which now has a new screen that is easier to read in sunlight and a lower price of $349, down from $399.
Universal Avionics Systems (Booth 723) recently received FAA TSO approval for its SCN 1001/1101 software for the company’s satellite-based augmentation system FMS/multi-mission management system (MMMS). The latest software release includes a number of new features and enhancements for better operational efficiency and to support special-mission operations.
Flight-tracking company FlightAware has launched a number of new developments here at NBAA, including a worldwide ADS-B network that provides real-time, high-precision updates for any ADS-B-equipped aircraft operating within range of the more than 1,000 ADS-B FlightAware ground stations in more than 70 countries. ADS-B data augments that from other tracking sources, such as datalink and radar. FlightAware is showing off its new FlightFeeder ADS-B receiver here at NBAA (Booth 4845).
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