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.
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New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
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.
Operators that need to meet upcoming ADS-B OUT mandates have an option for a precision GPS source, the Esterline CMC Electronics IntegriFlight CMA-5024 Landing System Sensor. The CMA-5024 not only meets the ADS-B OUT GPS sensor requirements but also offers the optional CMA-5025 control panel so the unit can act as a completely independent precision approach system. The CMA-5024 offers RNP 0.1 performance and built-in LPV approach capability to CAT I standards, “with growth to GBAS CAT I/II/III, according to CMC. The unit also meets all TSO C-145c Beta-3 and TSO C-146c Delta-4 requirements.
The FAA has issued Avionics & Systems Integration Group (ASIG) an amendment to the Part 25 approved model list (AML) STC for its flyTab Class 2 iPad EFB installation, adding the Bombardier Dash 8-100/200/300 and Q400 to the STC. The AML STC is available for both U.S. and Canadian operators of the types covered by the STC. ASIG’s eXtreme Flight Bag (XFB) system adds more rugged components to the mounting system for iPads in cockpits.
Ruag Aviation signed a dealership agreement with Jetcraft to market the HUD Vision Access for the Challenger 604 and 605. Under the agreement, Ruag will sell and install the enhanced flight vision system (EFVS), which includes an Elbit AT-HUD head-up display and infrared sensor. The HUD Vision Access also allows pilots to descend below decision height at many airports (generally 100 feet lower for ILS and LPV GPS approaches with vertical guidance) thanks to FAA landing credits for an approved EFVS, which displays the infrared EVS image on the HUD.
For aircraft equipped with satcom or air-to-ground Internet connectivity, pilots can use an iPhone/iPad app from Aerovie while airborne to submit pilot reports directly to the FAA’s Aviation Weather Center and to Lockheed Martin Flight Services (the contractor that runs the FAA’s network of flight service stations). The AerovieReports app also delivers Pireps directly to the app, saving pilots time looking up flight service frequencies and calling on the radio for updated information.