Like it or not, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are a growing feature in skies around the world, and avionics scientists and engineers are busy designing systems and planning for how they will interact with manned aircraft and eventually diminish the need for pilots in cockpits.
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.
Flygprestanda (Stand C620) is giving visitors to MEBA a preview of its new flight operation control system (FOCS), which is currently undergoing trials with an airline. It is scheduled to go live in January, after which point it will be released to market. FOCS is a new system that provides flight scheduling, route finding, ATC filing services and other planning functions.
A group of 24 airlines based in Europe and the U.S. yesterday issued a set of common principles they claim should underlie a new OEDC Sector Understanding on Export Credits of Civil Aircraft (ASU) to ensure a “level playing field” in the arena of export financing of Boeing and Airbus airplanes. The 24 airlines, which include 15 members of the U.S.
International Communications Group (ICG, Booth No. 4649) and Rockwell Collins (Booth No. 7557) have demonstrated the compatibility of ICG’s NxtLink ICS-220A communication systems with Rockwell’s Pro Line Fusion avionics. Pro Line Fusion is the basis for the PlaneView250 flight deck on the Gulfstream G250 and is to be featured on the Bombardier Global Express and XRS.
Virgin Picks Rockwell Digital for A330-300s
French-Italian regional turboprop manufacturer ATR earlier this month unveiled a new partnership with Italian design house Giugiaro Design for the development of the cabin of its ATR 42/72-600 series. The makeover, called Armonia, reduces the aircraft’s total weight by the equivalent of two passengers and will be available as a retrofit on the ATR’s current -500 series.
Qatar Airways will use Goodrich wheels and carbon brakes for its 30-strong Boeing 787 fleet, which is scheduled to begin delivery next year. Goodrich (Stand OE4) has been chosen for nearly 80 percent of 787 orders to date.
L-3 Communications is here at the Farnborough airshow highlighting some of the technology with which it has been able to assert itself as a leader in systems developed to greater capability to existing military aircraft. The U.S.
EMS Aviation, a division of EMS Technologies (Hall 4 Stand C10c), recently completed installation of an advanced voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) service in a Middle East head-of-state Airbus A320. EMS teamed with Paris-based Eclipse, an Inmarsat service provider and avionics dealer, to implement the secure, end-to-end package, which the company claims is the first of its kind on an A320.
ITT Has Traffic Data for Commercial Customers
ITT Corp. has announced the commercial availability of real-time air traffic surveillance and tracking data, marking the first-ever sale of data collected through the automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) network being deployed by ITT as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen initiative.