Following a certification and verification process, the European Commission approved the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (Egnos) “safety-of-life” service for aviation last Wednesday. Egnos is closely similar to, and compatible with, the U.S. Waas satellite-based augmentation system that corrects timing errors in GPS signals, making it more accurate.
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.
Brazil's Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) has awarded Elliott Aviation an STC for the installation of Rockwell Collins's traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS 4000) in the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200 and 300 series. Elliott Aviation previously earned certification for the installation from the FAA. The installation costs approximately $200,000, would be done at Elliott's Moline, Ill.
For aircraft with Aspen Avionics' EFD1000 Evolution flight display system in the panel and an autopilot that needs analog attitude information, Aspen now offers the EA100 digital autopilot interface. The EA100 adapter converts digital attitude data to analog for older autopilots and eliminates the need to maintain old and expensive mechanical gyro systems such as the King KI256.
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.
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.