ADS-B is without question a promising solution to the many safety, capacity and other suboptimal characteristics of today’s air traffic management system. Moreover, most observers agree that ADS-B will be one of the essential keys to America’s NextGen air traffic control system and comparable programs worldwide. All that is a given. Unfortunately, its introduction appears to be off to a rocky start.
Avionics and ATC » Avionics
New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
For flight operations with multiple-aircraft fleets and pilots that use iPad electronic flight bags (EFBs), app developer ForeFlight (Booth 4645) has integrated its ForeFlight Mobile iPad app with Comply365’s MyMobile365 dashboard. Comply365 specializes in enterprise optimization, and the dashboard helps fleet operators manage iPad deployment for groups of users.
Navtech is a firm that many business aviation pilots might not be familiar with, but the company’s growing product line fits the needs of many types of operations, and not just the airlines that have been the company’s principal customer. Currently, Navtech’s customer base includes more than 400 airlines and aviation service companies, which use its paper and electronic charts, navigation data, flight-planning services, performance software and crew-planning solutions.
The new Artex ELT 1000 emergency locator transmitter from ACR Electronics, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,has received Cospas-Sarsat and FAA approvals and is now for sale.The ELT 1000 is designed with multiple installation configurations to reduce overall installation cost and is “competitively priced.” Information on the new ELT and the other ACR Electronics offerings is available at the ACR/Artex booth (4035).
Satcom Direct (Booth 980) is seeking to boost knowledge of satellite communications and connectivity technology with a series of training programs aimed at aircraft operators. The Satellite Beach, Fla.-based company is arranging classes and seminars in Farnborough, UK; Geneva; Hong Kong; and Dubai with a view to boosting technological awareness in growing international markets. In 2015, it intends to introduce classes aimed more specifically at customers in the Americas.
Ensco Avionics is demonstrating the IDataMap plug-in of its IData Windows-based modeling toolset at this year’s NBAA convention (Booth 4577). IDataMap is a digital moving-map generator that enables designers to quickly create prototypes of two-dimensional moving maps for safety-critical cockpit displays or in-flight entertainment applications.
Moline, Ill.-based Elliott Aviation received an STC for a dual Honeywell NZ-2000 FMS upgrade for Hawker 800s equipped with Honeywell’s SPZ-8000 avionics suite. The STC includes the NZ-2000 6.1 version 03040 operating software, and it can also be applied when upgrading the Hawker 800 to Honeywell’s retrofit Primus CDS/R avionics, which replace the original CRT displays with modern LCDs.
Blue Sky Network (Booth 3479) of La Jolla, Calif., is showing its entire line of satellite communications technologies here at NBAA 2014, including two new communication products: HawkEye 7200 and Iridium Go!
HawkEye 7200, the company’s new portable satcom with Bluetooth support for sending forms from electronic flight bags (EFBs), is now in production. Post-beta test development incorporated feedback from users, resulting in a device that has received U. S. Forest Service approval for automated flight following.
Honeywell is continuing development of cockpit technology that makes pilots’ jobs easier and that will help in that most fundamental of piloting tasks, landing safely in poor weather. What is unique about Honeywell’s approach to this problem is that its researchers take advantage of existing hardware in the aircraft, using new software to make primary flight displays and multifunction displays (PFDs and MFDs) do a lot more work than they were designed for.
Jeppesen and Honeywell Aerospace introduced a new cloud-based database update delivery service today for aircraft equipped with Honeywell Primus Epic Integrated Navigation or Primus Apex avionics. The new integrated navigation data service data manager (IDM) for Windows, available at no extra costs for subscribers, eliminates physical delivery of critical flight data updates, allowing users to download the updates from anywhere. The service is designed to support future enhancements, such as a potential wireless data-loading interface.