After years of quiet development, L-3 Avionics Systems formally dropped the veil on its SmartDeck integrated avionics system at the NBAA Convention last month. The launch customer for the cockpit is Cirrus, which has selected SmartDeck for its single-engine personal jet.
Bombardier is bringing Rockwell Collins’ new Pro Line Fusion cockpit to the Global Express XRS and 5000 as long-overdue replacements for the airplanes’ Honeywell Primus 2000XP avionics.
The NTSB has recommended that the FAA require the air data sensor heating system to activate automatically after engine start in new airplanes certified under Part 25. The recommendation comes in response to two similar events, one in 2002 and one in 2005, in which two Boeing 717-200s experienced gains and losses of altitude and erroneous airspeed indications in flight.
Amid much fanfare, L-3 Communications this morning introduced its SmartDeck Integrated Flight Controls and Display System at the NBAA Convention in Atlanta. “SmartDeck avionics elevate aircraft and pilot performance,” L-3 Avionics Systems president Adrienne Stevens said.
For an avionics maker striving to create a truly intuitive integrated flight deck, there are worse places to look for inspiration than Apple.
In the three years since Garmin introduced the G1000 integrated avionics suite, the Olathe, Kan. avionics maker’s system has largely dominated the glass-cockpit market for general aviation pistons, turboprops and very light jets. Adding to this success, the company yesterday announced more applications for its popular G1000 suite–as standard equipment on production Cessna Caravans and as a retrofit for King Air 200s and B200s.
At a late afternoon press event yesterday, Bombardier announced a long-awaited flat-panel upgrade to the Global Express XRS and 5000 cockpits. As other business jet and even light airplane manufacturers have switched to LCD displays, the Global Express models are the lone large-cabin jet holdouts still being delivered with six old-fashioned CRTs in the instrument panel.
Universal Avionics plans to announce FAA certification of the first TSO’d WAAS-qualified FMS for installation on Part 23 and 25 aircraft at a press conference today at
2 p.m. The new Universal W series FMS allows operators to use GPS as a primary means of navigation and to fly WAAS/LPV IFR approaches. The W series FMS is certified to TSO C146b, Class Gamma-3, according to Universal Avionics.
Honeywell Aerospace has selected Belgian avionics display specialist Barco to supply LCD multifunction cockpit displays as upgrades for CRT-based display units used with legacy Sperry/Honeywell Primus 1000, 2000, 2000XP, SPZ-8400, 8500 and 8000 avionics systems.
Rockwell Collins (Booth No. 5500) announced at NBAA that its RTA-4100 MultiScan weather radar will become available in December of next year to business jets equipped with Pro Line 21 and Pro Line Fusion avionics.