Garmin announced the availability of fault-detection and exclusion (FDE) software for its GNS 430/530 GPS/navcom radios. According to a spokesman, FDE uses a mathematical algorithm to monitor the accuracy and reliability of GPS signals. Designed to detect erroneous GPS data, the software automatically excludes that data from the active navigation solution.
Aviation International News » January 2003
Honeywell has introduced a new low-cost multifunction display that brings to non-radar-equipped piston aircraft the functionality of the company’s Bendix/King integrated hazard awareness system (IHAS). The KMD 250 measures just three inches high and features a color active-matrix LCD capable of interfacing with a variety of safety avionics.
Following the wide acceptance of portable cockpit computers (even by the FAA), there comes news of wearable hardware for aircraft maintenance personnel and pilots. Aviation Automation, a startup company based in Arlington, Texas, offers a line of portable computers and electronic flight bags (EFBs) that can be secured to the user’s hip and connected to tiny head-mounted displays.
Southern California-based Avionics Innovations plans to introduce a Sirius Satellite Radio receiver system for aircraft, similar to the product it is designing for rival service provider XM Satellite Radio. The Sirius-based AI-SSR receiver unit will include seek tuning and preset memory and access to 100 channels of digital music, news and entertainment programming.
A five-display upgrade for the Falcon 50 has been STC’d, according to Universal Avionics, developer of the retrofit package.
Government shareholders of Antigua-based regional airline LIAT have pledged to support the ailing carrier’s efforts to combat competitive threats from the likes of regional newcomer Caribbean Star. A committee of regional governments led by St. Vincent prime minister Ralph Gonsalves and composed of Barbados, Guyana, St.
The FAA on December 6 issued its interim final rule on a controversial new aging-aircraft inspection regime proposed for multi-engine airplanes operating under Parts 121, 129 and 135.
The number of passengers carried by members of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) increased by 7.2 percent in the first three quarters of 2002, compared with the January through September period in 2001. The number of revenue passenger miles grew by 7.7 percent over the same period, according to figures released by ERA in early December.
The so-called “Jets for Jobs” program agreed upon by US Airways as part of the labor contract ratified by its ALPA-represented pilots over the summer has produced neither jobs nor jets for anyone so far.
The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) has complained that European Commission (EC) proposals to increase passenger compensation will threaten the survival of regional airlines. At a December 5 meeting in Brussels, European Union transport ministers backed EC plans for new denied-boarding and flight-cancellation compensation.