When Boeing unveiled its air traffic management (ATM) plan last June, it presented a future world of advanced communication, navigation and surveillance technologies that would modernize today’s ATC system, greatly increase capacity and significantly reduce delays.
Aviation International News » May 2002
Seeking to establish a firmer foothold in the avionics retrofit market, Meggitt last month introduced a new digital flight control system for older turboprops. Developed as part of a broader collaborative effort with subsidiary S-TEC in Mineral Wells, Texas, the new Magic 2100 DFCS is intended for operators of Twin Commanders, King Airs and Cessna Conquests equipped with aging autopilots no longer supported by OEMs.
Other than the occasional contradiction, the recently released federal radionavigation plan (FRP) reveals few surprises. The FRP does, however, include a revised schedule
for the gradual phaseout of certain VOR, VOR/DME and ILS installations across the continental U.S., primarily following nationwide certification of WAAS. Originally planned to commence in 2008, the phaseout has now slipped to 2011.
Boeing has installed the following eight new technologies in its 737-900 Technology Demonstrator:
At press time EMS Technologies’ satcom division in Ottawa, Ontario, was set to become the second approved hardware retailer for the Swift64 service. EMS’ ADT-1000 (aeronautical data terminal) is a dual-channel high-speed data unit capable of up to 128 kbps bidirectional throughput over the Swift64 network.
Inmarsat last month announced the commercial availability of the new Swift64 mobile data pipeline, an airborne satellite Internet service that the company claims finally bridges the gap between a user’s ground-bound office and the aircraft cabin.
Garrett Aviation has completed installation of the first Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Continuum retrofit avionics system in a Falcon 20. Designed to extend the lives of aging business jets, the package features active-matrix LCD adaptive flight displays that support advanced capabilities for terrain awareness, enhanced navigation maps, uplinked graphic weather and other functions.
Maneuvering over Southern Florida and through busy Miami airspace on a classically warm and convective Thursday in March, an FAA test airplane spent several hours aloft exchanging more than 100 routine messages with ATC–all without the pilots or controllers having to utter a single word.
Airborne cellular communications provider AirCell has announced a partnership with Control Vision, a Pittsburg, Kan. developer of airborne weather information products. The agreement calls for Control Vision to provide graphical weather data downloaded to a pilot’s personal digital assistant (PDA). AirCell said its ground cellular network is now compatible with Control Vision’s Anywhere Wx software.
Irvine, Calif.-based Intheairnet last month announced it has purchased most of the assets of Passenger Networks, a Santa, Ana, Calif. maker of airborne computer servers, satellite antennas and cabin software applications. Intheairnet, a spin-off of avionics maker Rogerson Kratos formed to develop a line of in-flight entertainment products, is developing digital architecture for broadband and wireless technologies in the passenger compartment.