Iridium satcom supplier Blue Sky Network last month announced that the Gulf of Mexico’s largest privately held helicopter operator has selected the company’s voice calling and two-way satellite messaging equipment for installation in its entire fleet. Rotorcraft Leasing of Lafayette, La., plans to add Blue Sky’s SkyRouter communications equipment to more than 100 helicopters, enabling voice calls, text messaging and aircraft tracking.
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Max-Viz said it has gained an STC permitting installations of the company’s EVS-1000 infrared enhanced-vision system series in the Cessna Citation 500 through 560XL. Max-Viz president Jim Tuttle said the EVS image can be shown on a variety of cockpit displays, including the flat-panel units from Innovative Solutions & Support that Cessna has selected for a Citation cockpit upgrade program.
China’s Air Traffic Management Bureau has selected Sensis to deploy automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) equipment at two airports in central China. The ground sites at Chengdu Shuangliu International and Jiuzhai Huanglong Airports will mark the country’s first formal trial of 1090 ADS-B technology for use by commercial aircraft. China eventually plans to roll out a nationwide network of ADS-B sites.
Rockwell Collins last month said Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has selected the company’s Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, a proposed 70- to 90-seat airliner targeted for certification in 2012 assuming the project gets the go-ahead. Pro Line Fusion features 15-inch-diagonal LCD flight displays and will include optional capabilities for enhanced and synthetic vision.
Honeywell last month announced it has joined two European technology research programs, one intended to improve air traffic flow management across the continent and the other aimed at developing low-cost flight controls for light airplanes.
Garmin last month said it has gained its first STC covering installation of a retrofit version of the G1000 avionics system. Approved in the King Air C90A/GT, the G1000 suite integrates primary flight information, navigation data, communications, terrain awareness, traffic, weather and engine instruments on a 15-inch-diagonal multifunction display and two 10.4-inch primary flight displays.
BlackBerry-starved executives who go into cold sweats anytime they have to shut off their devices take heart. Research In Motion, the Canadian company that makes the ubiquitous e-mail fetcher, has introduced Wi-Fi-capable versions of the BlackBerry that satcom installers say will work on airplanes fitted with high-speed-data terminals and wireless access points.
Most pilots by now have heard about the plan to end satellite monitoring of emergency locator transmitter (ELT) distress signals broadcast over 121.5- and 243-MHz frequencies after Feb. 1, 2009. But many might not realize there is no specific regulation in the U.S. requiring ELT upgrades to the new 406-MHz standard being adopted in much of the rest of the world.
More than 100 airlines have selected Rockwell Collins’ multiscan airborne weather radar, billed as the first such system to offer fully automated, “hands-free” scanning capability out to a range of 320 nm. Soon, business jet crews will get the chance to fly with the technology, too.
After spending the last several years struggling to make inroads into the business aviation market, particularly in North America against the likes of Honeywell and Rockwell Collins, Thales Aerospace has decided to hone its approach by targeting its products not only to large business jet OEMs but also directly to business jet operators.