Latest Avionics Technology Rolls Out at AEA Confab

 - April 5, 2012, 3:10 PM
This week's AEA convention drew plenty of new product announcements. (Photo: Matt Thurber)

Among the new products announced yesterday at the 55th Aircraft Electronics Association Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., were more new ways to hook Apple iPads to cockpit electronics. Aspen Avionics is nearing certification of its Connected Panel iPad interface, now due by July.

DAC International introduced the GDC64 tablet-to-aircraft interface, which charges tablet computers and delivers Arinc 429 inputs, data from an XM WX receiver and other inputs for tablet applications. Guardian Avionics revealed the Aero 454, a four-ounce unit that delivers GPS signals from cockpit navigators to up to four tablets via Bluetooth.

Interest in ADS-B systems is growing among the avionics installers at the AEA show; they will install systems to meet the Jan. 1, 2020, ADS-B OUT mandate in the U.S. and are urging aircraft owners and operators not to wait until the last minute.

FreeFlight Systems announced it is developing with the University of North Dakota the first STC for a 1090 MHz ADS-B OUT/978 MHz ADS-B IN system. The STC, for the King Air C90, is expected soon. Trig Avionics recently received FAA C166b TSO for its TT31 and TT22 ADS-B transponders and expects the first 1090ES ADS-B OUT STC in a Part 23 airplane by the end of this month.

Meanwhile, Universal Avionics announced the first customer installation of its UniLink UL-80X series datalink unit, on a Falcon 50.