Significant numbers of business aircraft operators have made little or no progress in complying with key avionics mandates, according to new research commissioned by Honeywell Aerospace with data gathered from AIN readers. The survey identified the mandates for ADS-B out, Fans/PM-CPDLC datalink capability and Fans-1/A (North Atlantic region) as the most pressing concerns.
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.
Triggered by the loss of an Air France Airbus A330 in June 2009 in the Atlantic and compounded by the loss of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 in the Indian Ocean in March, representatives of ICAO member states and of the aviation industry agreed on a set of near-term priority actions and a framework for medium- and long-term objectives, at a special meeting on global aircraft tracking at ICAO in Montreal on May 14.
As of the middle of May, the FAA had yet to determine if it will renew its mandatory VFR helicopter route along the north shore of New York’s Long Island. The controversial North Shore Route was established for voluntary compliance in 2008 as a response to residential noise complaints and political prodding from elected officials, including U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y), who pressed then Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the FAA to make it mandatory.
DAC International’s GDC64Wx iPad weather application is now available at the Apple iTunes Store. The app allows iPad users to view weather in the U.S. and Canada when connected to an XM Receiver through DAC International’s GDC64 tablet to aircraft interface unit. Current display capabilities include U.S. and Canadian radar, lightning strikes, shear, cloud tops and satellite imagery.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based consultancy firm MAZ Aviation and satellite airtime provider Satcom1 are joining forces to design a faster satcom system for the Airbus ACJ and Boeing BBJ. According to the partnership agreement, the system will be based on Ka- and Ku- band solutions and will offer greater bandwidth for airborne communications. Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband and its safety services features will be used for cockpit communications needs.
Universal Avionics (Booth 6555) announced that Clay Lacy Aviation is primed to offer an STC for installation of the UniLink UL-801 Communications Management Unit (CMU) to provide Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ capabilities for the Gulfstream GIV and GIV-SP.
Installation in the initial certification aircraft began in January, with STC approval expected by the third quarter this year. An amendment to the STC for the GV will immediately follow initial certification, along with application for EASA certification.
Universal Avionics announced that Clay Lacy Aviation is primed to offer an STC for installation of the UniLink UL-801 communications management unit (CMU) to provide Fans-1/A+ capabilities for the Gulfstream IV and IV-SP. Installation in the initial certification aircraft began in January, with STC approval expected by the third quarter. An amendment to the STC for the GV will immediately follow initial certification, along with application for EASA certification.
Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aerospace announced the availability of web-based chart and navigation subscription updates from Jeppesen. The downloadable data stream replaces physical update disks shipped to the company’s E-Chart subscribers. It also allows pilots of Eclipse 550s and 500 Total Eclipses to import flight data directly into the Avio IFMS, thus eliminating a potential error point with manual data entry. The web-based charts are available to current E-Chart subscribers through Jeppesen’s website.
SatCom Direct has added SwiftBroadband “always on” position data from Inmarsat to its SD Flight Tracker mapping solution, enhancing the ability to track aircraft globally. The company blends the Inmarsat information with position data from other sources, including its own Flightdeck Freedom datalink, to provide what it claims is “the most comprehensive flight tracking service available.” SD Flight Tracker can be accessed from any Internet-connected device.