Avionics and ATC

New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit; and news, issues, personnel, equipment and developments about air traffic management.

October 18, 2014 - 12:30pm

Machida (Booth 1438) has introduced its new 2.4-mm articulating videoscope with a CCD sensor, the VSC-24.-100N. The small 2.4-mm-diameter video borescope boasts high-definition-quality imaging and two-way articulation.

According to Machida, what distinguishes the VSC-24.-100N from other 2.4-mm videoscopes on the market is that the device is not only 2.4 mm from distal end to handle but also provides true high-definition images.

October 16, 2014 - 3:09pm

Garmin announced “strategic partnerships” with some of its authorized dealers today to provide a standalone ADS-B solution for several business jet models. According to Garmin, the “minimally intrusive solution” satisfies global ADS-B Out requirements by using existing equipment to alleviate the need for flight management system and cockpit display upgrades.

October 16, 2014 - 2:40pm

Rockwell Collins is now offering Fans 1/A capability for Bombardier Challenger 604s equipped with Pro Line 4 avionics. The upgrade builds on the twinjet’s current flight management system and control display units, while incorporating a new communications management unit. Fans 1/A capability adds to a growing list of Challenger 604 avionics updates that prepare operators for airspace modernization worldwide. The Fans 1/A upgrade for Challenger 604s will be available from Rockwell Collins in the second half of next year, the company said.

October 14, 2014 - 12:50pm

Garmin and Jeppesen today introduced the RNP AR NavData Service, a new tool for pilots who fly Required Navigation Performance–Authorization Required (RNP AR) procedures. Their RNP AR NavData Service automates the more than 350 data accuracy checks per procedure required by FAA Advisory Circular 90-101A.

October 9, 2014 - 3:10pm

SmartSky Networks is launching an airborne 4G LTE-based network, SmartSky, which will serve both business aviation and the airlines starting in 2016. According to the Melbourne, Fla.-based company, SmartSky will provide more than 10 times the typical speed and capacity of networks currently on the market by using 60 MHz of spectrum for its air-to-ground (ATG) data communications.

October 9, 2014 - 2:55pm

While the Chicago ARTCC remains “ATC Zero” due to the equipment damage from a fire on September 26, the FAA is now planning to begin the transition to regular operations on Sunday night at 10 p.m. (CDT), according to NBAA Air Traffic Services.

October 9, 2014 - 2:40pm

Rockwell Collins signed on the 1,500th business aircraft for its Corporate Aircraft Service Program (CASP) this week, the company said yesterday. The agreement was coordinated by Germany-based Rheinland Air Service, a Rockwell Collins-authorized dealer. CASP offers corporate aircraft operators maintenance for avionics and cabin entertainment equipment. Rentals, exchanges, component repairs, comprehensive reliability upgrades, equipment removal and refit coverage are also included, Rockwell Collins said.

October 9, 2014 - 10:12am
FAA deputy administrator Michael Whitaker

The Federal Aviation Administration will not relent from requiring operators in the U.S. to equip their aircraft for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) by 2020, the agency’s deputy administrator Michael Whitaker told an industry-government committee. The ADS-B equipage mandate is the next major milestone of the agency’s NextGen ATC modernization effort.

October 7, 2014 - 1:50pm

Garmin’s angle of attack (AOA) system for general aviation aircraft is now shipping after recently receiving FAA approval. The system includes the GI 260 AOA indicator, GAP 26 angle of attack probe and GSU 25 air data computer, which combine to display safety-enhancing AOA and audible alerts throughout critical phases of flight. Price for the system starts at $1,499, and customers can choose from a variety of packages that accommodate 14V and 28V aircraft.

October 7, 2014 - 1:40pm

Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group has signed a conditional agreement with Bombardier to develop a Fans 1/A+ avionics upgrade solution for the Challenger 604. The upgrade will enhance pilot to ATC communications and allow access to dedicated and shorter-route Fans 1/A+ North Atlantic Tracks. Marshall designed the upgrade for Bombardier and will complete a trial installation early next year. The solution will then be available as a Bombardier Service Bulletin to owners and operators of the 361 Challenger 604s currently in service.

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