Owners of Bombardier CL-600 series jets will have an option for upgrading their jets, including older ones, to the latest NextGen technology, including FANS 1/A CPDLC and Link 2000+, under a new STC that Comlux America is pursuing. The STC will also include ADS-B OUT compliance, which means that even older Challenger 600s will be able to continue flying in ADS-B airspace around the world and after Jan. 1, 2020 in the U.S. The STC will involve adding avionics from Universal Avionics and International Communications Group (ICG) and an L-3 Aviation Recorders cockpit voice recorder.
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New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
Universal Avionics announced the latest version of its Software Control Number–SCN 31.0–for its UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit at the 57th annual AEA International Convention and Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn. The UL-800/801 is widely used in upgrades to business jets that fly across the North Atlantic Ocean.
At its 57th annual convention on Thursday, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) announced that 2013 worldwide general aviation avionics sales reached a total of more than $2.4 billion. This is 6.9 percent higher than the comparable 2012 number. Of the $2.4 billion in sales generated last year, 54 percent were for forward-fit (new aircraft) and 46 percent for retrofit (aftermarket). “There are many signs for our market recovery,” said Paul Derks, AEA president.
Garmin today announced a new angle-of-attack (AOA) indicator system and a new radar altimeter for general aviation aircraft installations. The GI 260 AOA price starts at $1,499 and offers aircraft owners a way to take advantage of the FAA’s new effort to encourage adoption of AOA systems by making installations less costly. The new $6,995 GRA 55 radar altimeter can help helicopter operators meet the requirements of new FAA Part 135 regulations that mandate such equipment for helicopter emergency medical services operators and other operations.
Aspen Avionics is extending its reach further into the general aviation market with a new VFR version of its primary flight display (PFD) glass panel retrofit product. Retailing for $4,995 (plus installation), the VFR 1000 PFD offers owners of older aircraft a way to add a single glass panel that replaces the traditional six-pack instruments, then later add additional capabilities, which are available as software upgrades. “This is tailored for the VFR pilot,” said John Uczekaj, Aspen president and CEO.
Kelowna, B.C.-based SkyTrac Systems (Booth 923) introduced a new flight data monitoring (FDM) section to SkyWeb to streamline flight monitoring with the use of new graphical charts, reports and replays, not only to simplify data monitoring but also to provide more flight parameters.
BendixKing is ending product support for its myWingMan iPad app and will reimburse purchasers with “a full refund equal to any subscription fees paid.” While pilots will still be able to use the app, BendixKing noted that “no further product or chart data updates will be available, and as such [we] suggest that you uninstall myWingMan to prevent the inadvertent use of expired data.” The company explained, “We do not feel that it fully represents the value and quality that BendixKing provides daily to pilots worldwide.
In recognition of the benefits of angle-of-attack (AOA) indicating systems, the FAA has revised its policies to allow simpler certification and installation approval for the devices. This applies only to aircraft in which an AOA system is not required, according to the FAA memorandum that outlined the change. “Preventing loss of control in general aviation (GA) is a top focus area of the FAA and the GA community.
The FAA issued a final rule, effective April 14, that prohibits airline pilots from using personal electronic devices (PEDs) while flying. This rule is a result of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
On January 27, the FAA announced that it has developed a more streamlined process to help operators with the letter of authorization (LOA) needed for flight in reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) airspace above FL280. A joint industry/FAA task force studied issues with RVSM certification and made recommendations about how to improve the system last May.