Just two locations–Atlantic City, N.J., and Wichita–are in service to provide ground-based aircraft height monitoring to meet RVSM altitude-performance requirements. Cleveland and a yet-to-be-determined city in Arizona are slated to go into service “soon.” Roanoke, Va., and two cities in Canada are also behind schedule.
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.
The FAA is expected to announce a major ILS contract award within the next 90 days, according to agency insiders. As currently written, the contract will call for the purchase and installation of as many as 615 instrument landing systems between 2007 and 2013. The large majority of systems will provide precision approaches at new locations while the balance will replace older equipment.
Honeywell Flight Support Services has unveiled an online flight planning service. The company said the database includes the basic performance parameters of more than 240 aircraft models. Pilots can create domestic, international or oceanic flight plans based on the most current wind information for best speed or fuel efficiency. The program also calculates equal time points and diversionary airports, and provides up-to-date weather reports.
In a first for an avionics installer, Duncan Aviation has certified and installed the Universal Avionics EFI-890R retrofit cockpit system in a customer Challenger 600. Part of Duncan’s Glass Box Project–which seeks to pair appropriate avionics upgrade hardware with various business airplanes–the Challenger cockpit features four 8- by 9-inch LCD flight displays and a 4- by 6-inch MFD-640 multifunction display.
The FAA’s industry-government Management Advisory Council (MAC) is recommending that the agency take several steps to save money, including consolidating some Tracons, contracting out more VFR control towers and reducing the number of FAA regions.
Rockwell Collins’s new SAT-6100 satellite communication system made its world debut aboard the Bombardier Global 5000 at the Paris Air Show last month.
Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), a joint L-3 Communications and Thales company, used last month’s Paris Air Show to introduce technology intended to warn pilots of runway and taxiway incursions.
Arinc and Jeppesen last month announced an alliance that will integrate “best of class” EFB components from each company’s portfolios to produce what officials are billing as “the industry’s most advanced electronic flight bag (EFB) system.”
For the business aviation market, CMC Electronics has introduced a compact satcom antenna the company calls SatLite. As the name implies, this antenna was designed with size and weight in mind.
Duncan Aviation has certified and installed a Rockwell Collins IDS-3000 retrofit cockpit and IFIS (integrated flight information system) file server in a customer Astra. Duncan’s Lincoln, Neb. facility performed the installation and gained the STC for the package, which applies to the Astra and Astra SP, the company said.