After many years of diligent, and what must often have been discouraging, marketing efforts by their manufacturers, sales of head-up displays (HUD) have now taken off and are climbing rapidly. The main impetus behind this is the recognition by the airlines that HUD confers unique operational and cost benefits that are simply not available in the standard flight deck.
Aviation International News » August 2001
A maxim of modern commerce states that the key to success in business lies in always staying a step or two ahead of the competition. Among business aircraft makers that means constantly making improvements to products, sometimes by starting from scratch with an entirely new aircraft, or at other times by making changes to current designs.
Honeywell officially launched its MyFlite.com e-commerce Internet site, a Web portal that is designed to serve business aircraft, regional airline and general aviation customers seeking to purchase avionics. Plans for the near future call for the site to be expanded to include flight planning, weather information for pilots, messaging and avionics database downloads.
Honeywell is developing a flat-panel retrofittable display system called the Multifunction Radar Display (MFRD), which will show moving-map navigation, weather, terrain, traffic, checklists, video and other information. “To help operators minimize the cost of upgrading a cockpit to meet new safety mandates, the MFRD will interface with a wide variety of avionics,” said Charles Sheets, director of marketing and sales, displays and electronics.
The Citation 500 series, Challenger 600 and Falcon 2000 are the latest recipients of Duncan STCs for various avionics installations. The Lincoln, Neb.-based company recently received an STC for installation of the Honeywell GNS-XL FMS in a Citation 560. This STC, which applies to the entire Citation 500 series, was completed in conjunction with a TAWS STC.
An STC’d RVSM avionics installation for the twin-turboprop Piaggio P.180 Avanti will be provided by Stevens Aviation of Greenville, S.C. Stevens was also selected by Piaggio to provide the interior installation and exterior paint for the airplane. Completions by Stevens are already under way on seven Avantis.
Sandel Avionics of Vista, Calif., is telling customers that the certification program for its terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) is encountering delays. There are no major problems with the system, but development and incorporation of some additional features are proceeding more slowly than originally anticipated, according to a company official. List price of the system is $34,500.
Universal Avionics has received TSO authorization for its first so-called Super FMS, the Tucson, Ariz. company’s latest generation of flight management systems for business aircraft and regional airliners. An STC was also recently completed for installation of the system in the company’s King Air 350. The first Super FMS certification is for the UNS-1E.
Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), a joint-venture company owned by L-3 Communications and Thales Avionics, plans to certify a combined traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS) and terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) in a single box called T2CAS.
Compagnie Corse Méditerranée (CCM) Airlines, the French regional airline that specializes in routes between France and Corsica, wants to buck a trend established by small French regional airlines by loosening its relationship with Air France.