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.

February 26, 2014 - 6:50pm

Anyone familiar with GPS-enabled, location-based services available on many smartphones will appreciate the benefits from the new geo-fencing condition capability, dubbed advanced variable response (AVR), offered by Blue Sky Network on its HawkEye 7200 portable satellite tracking unit.

February 26, 2014 - 6:45pm
Robinson R66

Robinson Helicopter (Booth No. 5226) is displaying its new line of standard and optional glass-panel avionics options for all its helicopter models here at Heli-Expo.

The Garmin GTR 225B is now the standard com radio on all models. The company points out that it satisfies the new KHz channel spacing regulations. The GMA 350H audio panel is now standard for dual com installations.

February 25, 2014 - 9:10pm

Northrop Grumman (Booth No. 502) will supply its latest flight information equipment for the AgustaWestland AW609 civil tiltrotor, the company announced at Heli-Expo 2014.

Developed by Northrop Grumman Litef in Germany, the LCR-110 inertial reference system and LCR-300A air data attitude heading reference system will be standard equipment on the AW609, which is now undergoing FAA certification testing. The combined avionics suite will allow AW609 pilots to perform precision required navigation performance (RNP) flight operations.

February 25, 2014 - 6:35pm

Universal Avionics (Booth No. 4702) has done it: created a way for helicopter pilots to keep their hands on the collective and still have “point and click” cursor control. The avionics manufacturer’s new device is a cursor slew hat-switch mounted on the collective of the MD 902 Explorer equipped with the Universal Avionics Next Generation flight deck, which is on display at the MD Helicopters booth (No. 6922).

February 25, 2014 - 6:30pm

Northrop Grumman (Booth No. 502) will supply its latest flight information equipment for the AgustaWestland AW609 civil tiltrotor, the company announced at Heli-Expo 2014.

Developed by Northrop Grumman Litef in Germany, the LCR-110 inertial reference system and LCR-300A air data attitude heading reference system will be standard equipment on the AW609, which is now undergoing FAA certification testing. The combined avionics suite will allow AW609 pilots to perform precision required navigation performance (RNP) flight operations.

February 24, 2014 - 5:50pm

Elbit Systems is launching two new products here at Heli-Expo. The first, SkyVis, combines Elbit’s proven helmet-mounted display (HMD) with commercially certifiable line-of-sight and daytime head-up display capabilities, day or night, with or without night-vision goggles (NVG), in all phases of flight and in marginal weather.

Elbit also is unveiling Clearvision Heli EVS, a multi-spectral enhanced vision system designed for helicopters that provides improved situational awareness. Heli EVS builds on the company’s Clearvision EVS system designed for business jets.

February 24, 2014 - 4:36pm

Scott’s-Bell 47 selected the Sagem ICDS-8A glass cockpit suite as part of the standard avionics package for the new 47GT-6 helicopter. This selection is the latest in a series of developments geared at bringing the turbine-powered 47GT-6 closer to production.

February 24, 2014 - 4:33pm

Elbit Systems is launching two new products this week at Heli-Expo: SkyVis and Clearvision Heli EVS. SkyVis combines Elbit’s helmet-mounted display with commercially certifiable line-of-sight and daytime head-up display capabilities, day or night, with or without night-vision goggles, in all phases of flight and in marginal weather. Clearvision Heli EVS is a multi-spectral enhanced vision system designed for helicopters that provides improved situational awareness. It offers a 35-degree field of view and is designed to help pilots cope with low-visibility conditions.

February 24, 2014 - 3:15pm
Soloy's Honeywell LTS101-700D-2 engine

Soloy Aviation (Booth No. 22) is continuing with its line of aftermarket solutions for helicopter operators and the company flew an AS350 to Heli-Expo to highlight its re-engining and other mod programs.

Soloy’s new electronic engine management system (EEMS) provides a graphical representation of engine gauges and is designed as the primary engine instrumentation for AS350s with the Soloy SD2 conversion kit. The SD2 features the Honeywell LTS101-700D-2 engine.

February 22, 2014 - 11:30am
The FAA has received numerous requests for certification of TCAS II installations in helicopters, most related to offshore operations, such as in the Gulf of Mexico. TCAS has proven successful in North Sea operations.

Prompted by industry demand, the FAA is considering approving the installation and use of TCAS II aboard helicopters but is concerned about certification challenges. Major operators have been successfully using TCAS II for several years in regions such as the North Sea.

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