After sustaining losses of C$116 million ($91.4 million) after 9/11, Nav Canada, the private, non-share corporation that owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation system, saw its rate stabilization account–a financial savings buffer to offset downturns in revenue–return to the positive side of the ledger in April.
Avionics and ATC » Avionics
New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
Honeywell researchers are demonstrating a synthetic-vision system (SVS) that uses terrain and obstacle data taken from the company’s enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS) to paint computer-generated views of the world ahead on aircraft flight displays.
The latest cockpit audio panel from PS Engineering, the PMA8000-SR, does everything a conventional panel can, with one extra feature sure to get the attention of audiophiles.
Although relatively small, the Jetlan AR230 onboard file server from Pentar Avionics is big where it counts: performance and features. Dual processors (PC plus avionics), nine-port Ethernet switch, wireless (802.11x) access point, ISDN interfaces and avionics interfaces are all provided in this 2-MCU package weighing in at six pounds.
Sandel Avionics announced that its latest SN3500 electronic horizontal situation indicator (EHSI) has received TSO approval from the FAA, clearing the way for immediate deliveries of the unit to dealers. Designed as a drop-in replacement for a conventional HSI, the $9,950 SN3500 includes a 3-ATI LCD display capable of presenting moving maps, traffic, Stormscope lightning strikes and WSI datalink weather.
Following the successful introduction last year of the three-inch 4300 Lifesaver backup attitude indicator, Mid-Continent Instruments has gone one step better by unveiling an even smaller product, the two-inch 4200 series indicator.
As it usually does, news from the cockpit avionics front featured prominently at the Aircraft Electronics Association’s annual convention, held this year April 27 to 30 in Grapevine, Texas. Manufacturers showed off their latest cockpit wares at the primarily dealer-attended event, from full glass flight decks to boxes designed to add capability to the glass displays.
Jeppesen of Englewood, Colo., introduced new weather maps that provide forecast information on icing and turbulence. The maps are available in four Jeppesen software applications.
West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo., received an amendment to its August 2003 Learjet 35/36 STC that adds RVSM equipment installation approval to airplanes equipped with FC-530 and FC-200 autopilots, various wing configurations, and Avcon and Raisbeck mods. The avionics package for all aircraft in the amended STC is essentially the same as the original.
Fractional provider NetJets has ordered 50 AirCell ST 3100 Iridium satellite communication systems for its fleet of Hawker 400XP light business jets. The satellite phones will be installed in the 400XPs before retail delivery at Raytheon Aircraft Services in San Antonio, in the coming months, according to AirCell, which began marketing Iridium services in 2002.