French avionics and radar firm Thales has a major presence here in Singapore, along with a substantial number of employees. Thales representatives told Aviation International News that, among other major projects, its technical and service personnel are one of the major contractors for supporting the Airbus A380 aircraft that are to be delivered to Singapore Airlines (SIA) beginning next November.
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New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
Following a management buyout of its avionics division last year, Swiss manufacturer Revue Thommen decided to seek business in new markets more aggressively than in the past. With that in mind, the company opened a facility in Addison, Texas, near Dallas, in January.
AirData, the flight planning specialist, is preparing to launch its new SwiftOps.com online flight planning and crew briefing system this fall. The new software is intended to automate as much of the flight planning process as possible, reducing crew workload during busy operations without compromising the operational control of crews.
Here at EBACE, PGA Electronic is unveiling its keyboard touch screen (KTS), which provides passengers control and command capability for cabin in-flight entertainment and lighting. The KTS is a lower-cost alternative to the PGA’s video touch screen (VTS) and makes it easier for passengers to control audio, video and lighting devices, as well as the flight attendant call feature from a single control point.
Here at EBACE Honeywell is exhibiting its runway awareness and advisory system (RAAS), which gives the crew of an airplane the proper information to avoid making a runway incursion.
Europe continues to be a happy hunting ground for companies selling business aviation, with more grounds for optimism very evident in the latest Business Aviation Outlook research released by Honeywell Aerospace last November. Over the next five years, more than one in four European operators plans to purchase new business jets–a marked increase on the findings from the 2004 and 2003 surveys.
Honeywell and Arinc have reached a licensing agreement that will allow corporate operators to use either Honeywell’s Global Data Center or Arinc Direct for datalink messaging services to all Primus Epic avionics platforms as well as Mark II and Mark III platforms.
Honeywell (Booth No. 406) has delivered its 500th DL-950 data loader since the product became available last year. As a data loader for Honeywell’s FMZ-2000 flight management system, the DL-950 uses a USB memory device instead of diskettes and fits into existing mounting hardware with no need for any new aircraft wiring.
Airbus has made Lufthansa Technik’s Mobile Access Router (MAR) a standard option on the A380. The equipment is described as a fully integrated flying office solution that supports telephone, fax, video conferencing, Web browsing, e-mail, wireless local area network and moving-map functions.
Embraer has selected Thales’ integrated electronic standby instrument (IESI) for the Phenom 100 and 300 business jets. The Thales IESI already flies aboard every other Embraer model, from the ERJ 135 regional twinjet to the Embraer 190, launched in a business jet derivative here at EBACE on Tuesday.