A software error in Honeywell flight management systems with NZ-2000 nav computers could cause sudden, un-annunciated shifts in computed position, according to an FAA airworthiness directive. Honeywell has identified 234 business jets (Challenger 601/604, Falcon 900, GIII/IV/V and Hawker 800/800XP/1000) that are affected by the AD (effective April 18), which requires adding corrective procedures to the aircraft flight manual.
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New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
Enhanced-vision system (EVS) makers Forward Vision and Max-Viz have announced a joint venture to bring lower-cost infrared products to the general aviation market. A repackaged version of the Max-Viz EVS-100 will be the first manifestation of the alliance when the $15,000 forward-looking sensor goes on sale early next year.
Reacting to last summer’s crash of Comair Flight 5191 at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky.–as well as countless runway incursions and serious on-airport incidents that have occurred across the U.S. in recent years–the FAA has launched an effort to speed the testing and certification of surface moving maps for the flight deck.
While FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and GA industry leaders wrangled over aviation user fees and taxes at the Aircraft Electronics Association’s 50th annual convention, avionics makers and dealers got down to the business of discussing new products and market opportunities.
The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) convention usually offers a sneak preview of the future of general aviation avionics. This year there were plenty of product introductions, but the real news from AEA 2007 unfolded before the show started.
In an effort it says is aimed at better serving customers, Honeywell's aerospace division is planning a major restructuring that will consolidate operations into three business segments and result in an unknown number of job cuts. The shakeup at Honeywell comes on the heels of Rob Gillette's appointment as president and CEO of the company's $9.75 billion aerospace division based in Phoenix.
Mercury Computer Systems introduced two new class II-qualified electronic flight bag (EFB) systems targeting operators of larger aircraft. Mercury’s original VistaNav EFB class-I CIS-1000 is a tablet PC offering a 2-D or 3-D synthetic view of the outside world, including highway-in-the-sky approaches. The tablet receives wireless signals from a separate inertial navigation unit housing a WAAS GPS receiver and solid-state gyros.
Wrapping up a major four-year effort, officials from Rockwell Collins, NASA Langley Research Center, the FAA and other entities were scheduled to conduct today the culminating test flight of developmental advanced-vision avionics for civil and military aircraft.
The extended comment period on the FAA's proposed rules on cockpit voice (CVR) and flight data recorders (FDR) ends today. The original comment period was extended two months because by April 28 only 25 comments had been submitted. A check of the docket this morning shows that nearly 50 comments have been received to date.
Like its non-turbine siblings–the DA40 Diamond Star and DA42 Twin Star–the Diamond D-Jet will feature a Garmin G1000 integrated avionics suite, Olathe, Kan.-based Garmin said yesterday. As such, Diamond’s very light jet single will have a three-panel G1000 flight-deck system with two primary flight displays and a multifunction display.