Forward Vision of Russell, Pa., is working on a King Air 90 STC for its low-cost infrared enhanced vision system, according to company co-owner Patrick Farrell. Its EVS uses an uncooled barium-strontium-titanate infrared sensor that is immune to heat and sun damage.
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New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
Boston-based FlightView Software has released a flight-tracking product that instantly notifies users of changes in flight operations such as delays, diversions or early arrivals.
Kansas City Aviation Center (KCAC) has obtained an STC to install the retrofit EFI-890R cockpit from Universal Avionics in the Pilatus PC-12. The upgrade replaces the turboprop single's original EFIS 40 suite with three 8.9-inch flat-panel displays and includes options for synthetic vision, electronic charts and satellite weather. Including installation, the price for the cockpit upgrade runs from $325,000 to $398,000, depending on options.
The FAA has granted Innovative Solutions & Support (Booth No. 1253) of Exton, Pa., an STC for installation of the company’s 10-inch displays in the Pilatus PC-12. Like its previous PC-12 approval for installation of two 15-inch display units, IS&S’s latest STC includes TCAS, TAWS and RVSM compatibility.
Boeing’s plans to shut down its Connexion satellite Internet service after failure to turn a profit in six years of operation put a damper on what should have been only good news this month for Rockwell Collins. The avionics maker announced that a newly manufactured Bombardier Global Express XRS became the first customer airplane to enter service with eXchange Internet hardware, which uses the Connexion satellite link.
It didn’t take long for Iridium resellers to start targeting MagnaStar customers after service provider Verizon Airfone announced plans to exit the general aviation business. AirCell has introduced Axxess EZ, a two-channel Iridium satcom system that is intended as a direct replacement for the old MagnaStar phones.
On September 21, the FAA has scheduled the first public meeting to discuss RTCA's Special Committee (SC) 212 on helicopter terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS). The committee’s work and recommendations to the FAA could lead to a proposal to require TAWS on private or commercial turbine rotorcraft.
MD Helicopters has chosen Chelton Flight Systems to supply the EFIS cockpit for its light single helicopters. Beginning late next year, the helicopters will be available with factory-installed dual Chelton EFIS displays, a solid-state AHRS (attitude heading reference system), an air-data computer and a GPS/WAAS (wide-area augmentation system) receiver.
Transport Canada has proposed a regulatory amendment requiring installation of TCAS-I and TCAS-II, in line with current FAA rules. “Immediate” installation would be mandated on turbine aircraft built after the rule goes into effect, while operators of affected turbine aircraft built on or before the effective date of the rule would have two years to install systems.
Raytheon has selected AirCell’s ST 3100 satcom system as standard equipment on the Hawker 4000 super-midsize business jet.
Already standard or optional on nearly two dozen aircraft worldwide, the ST 3100 operates on the Iridium satellite system, providing pilots and passengers with all-altitude and all-latitude coverage worldwide.