The FAA has withdrawn its decade-old proposal to rescind its requirement for Mode-S transponders and, consequently, plans to end the hundreds of Mode-S installation exemptions currently in effect. Beginning March 1, 2007, the FAA has proposed that it will no longer allow exempted Part 121 and 135 operators to fly without a Mode-S transponder.
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New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
Cessna has placed an order with avionics maker Innovative Solutions & Support for an undisclosed number of flat-panel cockpit displays that will be offered as part of an upgrade program for operators of older Citations. The installations will be available at any of the 34 Cessna Service Centers (factory and authorized) worldwide. About 4,000 Citations are candidates for the retrofit.
Avidyne and Ryan International today announced the completion of a merger that folds Ryan's traffic-surveillance products into the Avidyne line. Under terms of the deal, Ryan's 35 employees in Columbus, Ohio, are now Avidyne employees and the division there becomes known as the Avidyne Safety Systems Group. Ryan founder and CEO Paul Ryan, 71, will serve for an undisclosed period of time as a consultant. Financial terms were not disclosed.
In a bid to gain a larger share of the market for retrofit cockpit systems, Honeywell is adding electronic charts and uplink weather functions to its Primus Epic CDS/R avionics system.
Have you installed your 406-MHz emergency locator transmitter (ELT) yet? If trips to international destinations are in your plans, the sarsat units are must-have equipment after January 1.
At the request of the FAA, the RTCA is in the midst of a long-term study of the dangers portable electronic devices (PEDs) pose to aircraft systems. Specifically, a special RTCA group has been tasked with assessing what level of interference is caused by the latest ultra-wideband devices, cellphones and so-called pico-cells to support wireless phone use by passengers.
TSO approval for a new all-digital communications package marks the completion of a three-year program by Rockwell Collins to develop radios to support the FAA’s digital VHF communications system, called Nexcom (next-generation communications).
General Dynamics C4 Systems, a division of General Dynamics, announced a deal with the FAA to begin certification work on satellite communications equipment for the FAA’s Capstone Communications Control System program in Alaska. According to the Scottsdale, Ariz.
As most of its customers know by now, AirCell no longer actively markets airborne cellular systems, mainly because new digital cellular technology is rendering much of its existing analog-based ground network obsolete–but that doesn’t mean the AirCell name is a misnomer.
Raytheon Systems Limited (RSL) has unveiled a new automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) receiver that uses a 16 MHz or better sampling rate, a new algorithm and enhanced error correction to decode 1,090-MHz extended squitter transmissions correctly even in the presence of extreme frequency congestion.