Arinc Direct last month launched World Calling, a flat-rate billing plan for customers of its SkyLink VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) telephone service for business jets. Users, said the company, are billed at a flat rate of 10 cents per minute for all calls between the aircraft and ground, no matter where in the world the calls originate or terminate.
Avionics and ATC » Avionics
New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
The FCC has approved AirCell’s air-to-ground frequency license, clearing the way for the Louisville, Colo. company to begin rolling out the ground infrastructure to support its new broadband communications service.
Garmin’s GNS-series navigators have been approved for WAAS en route navigation and LPV (lateral precision with vertical guidance) approach capability, the company announced last month at AOPA Expo in Palm Springs, Calif. The FAA has also issued a blanket STC covering installations of GNS 400/500-series avionics in 980 makes and models of aircraft, allowing current owners of the 75,000 GNS units in the field to upgrade to WAAS functionality.
Northrop Grumman’s active electronically scanning array (AESA) radars have undoubtedly made a big impact on fighter technology. The AN/APG-77, the AN/APG-80 and the AN/APG-81 are fitted, respectively, to Lockheed Martin’s F-22A Raptor, F-16E/F Block 60 Desert Falcon, and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
New contracts for Canada’s CMC Electronics (A1010) will see the company’s CMA2082F avionics management system supplied for the German air force’s Tornado mid-life improvement program and its CMA2082MH aircraft management systems installed on the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopters for the Canadian Forces.
Israel’s Tadiran Communications is introducing its fourth-generation rugged personal digital assistant (RDPA) here at Asian Aerospace.
The RDPA, the TACTER-31M and a number of other Tadiran Com products are used all over the world, including in the U.S. armed forces. The U.S. is the first customer for the RDPA and it has already been chosen for CHS3– stage three of the U.S. armed forces combined hardware software program.
The FAA is proposing to amend the digital flight data recorder (DFDR) regulations of Parts 121 and 135 to prohibit filtering of original parameter sensor signals. During several accident investigations, the NTSB found that some DFDRs were filtering signals before they were recorded. “As a result, the data being recorded did not accurately reflect the aircraft’s performance or the movements of the flight controls,” the agency said.
Honeywell (Stand A712) is here at Asian Aerospace 2006 exhibiting its RDR-4000 weather radar, currently being certified on the A380. The first commercial application, though, will be the Boeing 777-300ER with a first delivery in November.
New Royal Netherlands Air Force Boeing CH-47F (NL) helicopters are to be equipped with Honeywell’s avionics control and management system, which will also be used to modify the customer’s existing fleet. To reduce crew workload, the equipment will provide an integrated cockpit with “improved functionality and efficient human factors,” said Honeywell.
In the ARJ21 Rockwell Collins has found the first regional jet application for its ProLine 21 avionics suite. Chinese airframer ACAC specifically selected the package because it wants the new model to boast flight deck commonality with larger airliners. The U.S. avionics house is now testing the kit in its ARJ21 configurations and expects to complete integration of the first version of this by year end.