Marinvent, a small but highly regarded aerospace engineering firm located just outside Montreal, has big aspirations to step out of relative anonymity and into aviation’s limelight.
Aviation International News » August 2005
Business Jet Technologies, the co-developer of the Quiet Technologies Stage 3 hush kit for the Gulfstream II/IIB, has launched avionics upgrade programs for the aircraft models based on the recent mandates for terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) and reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) equipment.
Satcom Direct, a satcom service provider based in Florida, has introduced a new service called Aero X that the company claims will provide significant increases in Swift64 data rates. Using Satcom Direct’s proprietary compression algorithms and EMS Satcom’s Cabin Network Accelerator hardware, Aero X can achieve data speeds of up to 500 kilobytes to one megabyte per second, the company said.
The FAA has completed the first round of flight testing of a unique traffic collision avoidance system that combines automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology and traffic information service (TIS) avionics through a sophisticated network the agency describes as an “integrated airborne Internet.”
Duncan Aviation has installed and certified the Universal Avionics EFI-890R retrofit avionics system in a King Air 300, the Battle Creek, Mich. company reported. The STC for the package covers two- and three-display systems, with Universal’s large-format 8.9-inch active matrix LCD screens serving as the centerpiece for the upgrade. This particular installation, completed last month, included three displays.
Officials from Rockwell Collins, Max-Viz, NASA’s Langley Research Center, the FAA and other organizations in late June conducted the culminating test flight of developmental advanced-vision avionics aboard an FAA Boeing 727.
The possibility of business jets and airliners making autonomous low-visibility approaches and landings to airports without an ILS has moved closer to reality with the success of a six-month test of a flight guidance and display system featuring integration of both synthetic and enhanced vision techniques.
Jeppesen has assembled a team of engineers to look into complaints by users that the company’s latest electronic charting software, JeppView FlightDeck 3.0, can cause electronic flight bag (EFB) computers to crash without warning.
In a cost-cutting move, the FAA last month decommissioned 216 NDB approaches across the U.S. Although the agency has yet to actually switch the NDB beacons off the air, the decommissioned stations will no longer be flight-checked, maintained, approved for use or shown on updated charts, according to AOPA.
The European Union (EU) has approved a joint bid from two groups that previously had competed against each other for the contract to run the $4 billion Galileo satellite navigation system.