The Flipper from Flight Display Systems is a $5,000 fold-down LCD display that mounts to the underside of the glareshield, allowing it to be flipped up and out of view when not in use. The five-inch display can be used to display enhanced-vision camera images, XM satellite weather data, moving maps or just about any other data pilots might need.
Aviation International News » November 2006
AirCell displayed at the NBAA Convention the newly certified wireless function of its Axxess satcom system for business jets. With the wireless function enabled, Axxess provides an 802.11bg wireless hotspot aboard the airplane.
Sagem Avionics and General Dynamics Aviation Services are partnering on a glass-panel cockpit upgrade for Part 25 jets including the Challenger 600 and 601, Falcon 20 and 50, Gulfstream II and III, and Hawker 700 and 800. The upgrade includes five 10.4-inch-diagonal displays, which comprise a PFD and MFD in front of each pilot and an EICAS display in the center.
The Alliant integrated avionics and autopilot suite received an STC for installation in the Beech King Air 200 during the NBAA Convention. Alliant is a partnership between autopilot maker S-Tec and avionics supplier Avidyne.
Rockwell Collins will be able to continue providing satellite broadband network service to its eXchange business aircraft customers thanks to a deal announced at NBAA with Arinc to bring eXchange onto the SkyLink satellite data network. The agreement fills the void left when Boeing announced earlier this year that it was discontinuing its Connexion satellite communication service, which had handled the eXchange traffic.
Rockwell Collins was the big winner of cockpit positions in airplanes introduced at NBAA’06. The manufacturer’s Pro Line 21 avionics were selected for the Cessna XLS+ and the new CJ4 and Raytheon Hawker 900XP and 750.
Bombardier Aerospace announced that on October 5 Transport Canada granted approval for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and aircraft window modifications on the Challenger 605, one month ahead of schedule. Approvals by the FAA and other regulatory agencies were expected this month, a company spokesman said.
Pilots busting the Washington, D.C. air defense identification zone (ADIZ) will now find a helicopter of a different color off their wing to escort them out of the area and into a nearby airport for questioning. The Coast Guard’s orange-and-white HH-65C Dolphins have replaced the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) black-and-gold Black Hawks.
The FAA ran the first trial of its new airspace flow program (AFP) during this summer’s severe weather season. The AFP imposes ground delays on traffic inbound to the Northeast U.S. when severe weather crops up and affects air traffic flow.
Over the last month-and-a-half Honeywell has been giving the trade and general press firsthand demos of the most recent version of its developmental synthetic-vision system (SVS) about to start serious flight trials with Gulfstream in the G550. AIN was among the first group of journalists offered the chance to try out the technology, on a night flight in mid-September in the avionics maker’s Citation V test airplane.