Avionics manufacturer and integrator Thales and helicopter OEM Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. are discussing plans to incorporate a synthetic-vision system (SVS) into the Thales TopDeck avionics suite in Sikorsky’s new S-76D, but whether it will be available by the aircraft’s expected FAA certification date in 2008 is still up in the air.
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New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
Iridium disclosed plans for a future constellation to replace the 66 low-earth-orbit satellites that make up its current satcom network. Speaking at the Satellite 2007 conference in Washington, D.C., company officials said the “Iridium Next” constellation will maintain the current service’s “cross-linked” architecture but will use Internet Protocol technology to deliver broadband data and voice communications services to users.
The new Chelton Flight Systems Heli-SAS autopilot should be certified on the Bell 206 and 407 late this year, according to Chelton president Gordon Pratt. Chelton and Bell subsidiary Edwards & Associates will jointly develop the supplemental type certificate (STC) for the HeliSAS, which will be first available for new and retrofit installations on the 206 and 407.
A CMC Electronics SureSight M-Series infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) sensor has been installed on an AgustaWestland AW139 for a corporate customer by Edwards & Associates, a subsidiary of Bell Helicopter. The avionics installation specialist expects to receive the FAA STC for the installation soon.
Sky Connect (Booth No. 1110) arrived in Orlando celebrating what it calls “the industry’s largest ever tracker product sale,” 125 Iridium-based satellite tracking and phone systems to offshore oil operator Air Logistics.
SkyTrac Systems of Kelowna, British Columbia, has won a contract from AirDat, a U.S. company, to provide Iridium ISAT-100 satellite system hardware as an upgrade to AirDat’s airborne meteorological data reporting system.
Cabin entertainment equipment from Flight Display Systems (Booth No. 906) is now available as a factory option on the new Agusta A109S Grand. The system was developed in partnership with Northern Avionics of Milan, Italy, and, according to Flight Display president David Gray, a backlog of orders is already building at the company’s Alpharetta, Ga. facility.
Honeywell has been exploring synthetic-vision system (SVS) technology for the helicopter cockpit, but the display concept will bear little resemblance to the system the company unveiled last summer for fixed-wing applications.
Following last year’s NTSB recommendation that all turbine-powered helicopters be equipped with terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS), Air Logistics has decided to upgrade its newer medium and heavy twin-engine helicopters with Honeywell enhanced ground proximity warning systems (EGPWS).
Appareo Systems, a small technology company from Fargo, N.D., announced yesterday it has partnered with Gulf Coast giant Air Logistics, a Bristow Group company, to produce an interesing flight monitoring tool called Aircraft Logging and Event Recording for Training and Safety (Alerts).