The NTSB’s analysis of the Nov. 22, 2004, crash of a Business Jet Services Gulfstream III suggests that the pilots might have followed the fast/slow indicator on the left side of their EADIs instead of the glideslope on the right. On the way to pick up former President George H.W. Bush, the aircraft crashed into a light pole more than three miles southwest of Houston’s Hobby Airport while attempting to shoot the ILS Runway 4 approach.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics, whose recent successes include selection to provide a new-generation doors and slides control system for the Airbus A330/340 and the on-board tire and brake monitoring system for the Boeing 777, is developing a flight data simulation and maintenance trend-monitoring program to provide proactive product support to airlines.
Sagem Defense Securite is offering helicopter cockpit enhancements based upon LCD displays and two-axis autopilots. The company, part of the French Safran group (Stand A717), has already obtained supplemental type certificates for several rotorcraft. The price of the new product, dubbed the integrated cockpit display system (ICDS), ranges from $40,000 to $90,000–not including the installation kit.
New Royal Netherlands Air Force Boeing CH-47F (NL) helicopters are to be equipped with Honeywell’s avionics control and management system, which will also be used to modify the customer’s existing fleet. To reduce crew workload, the equipment will provide an integrated cockpit with “improved functionality and efficient human factors,” said Honeywell.
In the ARJ21 Rockwell Collins has found the first regional jet application for its ProLine 21 avionics suite. Chinese airframer ACAC specifically selected the package because it wants the new model to boast flight deck commonality with larger airliners. The U.S. avionics house is now testing the kit in its ARJ21 configurations and expects to complete integration of the first version of this by year end.
Dramatic reductions in approach minimums at terrain-challenged airports are among the more spectacular results of applying RNP-Rnav. But more widespread benefits are promised when procedures based on the capabilities of modern aircraft supersede those that tie the airplanes to expensive ground navigational aids.
The vision of a future air navigation system developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) at the beginning of the 1990s has taken a long time to materialize. But the gradual execution of some of the main elements suggests the future may finally be at hand.
Following a management buyout of its avionics division last year, Swiss manufacturer Revue Thommen decided to seek business in new markets more aggressively than in the past. With that in mind, the company opened a facility in Addison, Texas, near Dallas, in January.
AirData, the flight planning specialist, is preparing to launch its new SwiftOps.com online flight planning and crew briefing system this fall. The new software is intended to automate as much of the flight planning process as possible, reducing crew workload during busy operations without compromising the operational control of crews.
Universal Avionics has joined forces with the Kansas City Aviation Center to develop a three-screen LCD upgrade for the Pilatus PC-12. The Universal EFI-890R is to be offered as a replacement for the turboprop single’s Bendix/King EFIS 40.