Shortly after the NBAA Convention exhibit hall opens this morning at 10 a.m., Universal Avionics Systems will unveil an ambitious new product line (at 11 a.m., Booth 273), an integrated flight deck–called InSight–that leverages the company’s avionics expertise and also vaults it into the ranks of manufacturers of full avionics suites for Part 25 business jets. A demonstration rig of the new flight deck is available in the booth, and NBAA attendees can also see the InSight system installed in Universal’s Citation VII at the Orlando Executive Airport static display.
If you’re not yet an iPad user, you might as well get used to touchscreen technology because that’s clearly where the industry is headed, and with good reason. Rockwell Collins’s Pro Line Fusion Touch upgrade is a case in point. Touchscreens reduce not only pilot workload, but also pilot head-down time, an especially important item in single-pilot operations. Fusion’s synthetic vision also improves situational awareness.
When Rockwell Collins (Booth 3099) met with reporters before last year’s NBAA Convention, the avionics manufacturer couldn’t say much about its still-pending acquisition of airborne communications provider Arinc. That transaction–at $1.4 billion Rockwell Collins’ largest ever purchase–closed in late December. Now the company has plenty to say about its plans to grow with Arinc in the business aviation market.
BendixKing is showcasing its AeroVue integrated flight deck retrofit for King Air turboprops and its AeroWave satcom system for piston aircraft, turboprops and light jets, here at NBAA 2014.
AeroVue, a lower-cost derivative of parent company Honeywell’s Primus Apex system, is a complete glass-panel retrofit built around three 12-inch LCD screens. It includes a flight management system, autopilot, synthetic vision and Honeywell’s INAV functionality with electronic chart displays, as well as Internet connectivity via AeroWave 100.
Advent Aerospace from Rye, N.H., is working on the preparation of two supplemental type certificates (STCs) that will see its patented anti-skid brake system (ABS) become available for the Pilatus PC-12 and Beechcraft King Air 200/300. The ABS is already standard on the Eclipse EA550 and available as an STC retrofit for the EA500.
Less than a week after the surprise launch of Gulfstream’s new G600 and G500 large-cabin jets, the company is showing off a full-size cabin and cockpit mockup of the G600 at the NBAA 2014 static display at Orlando (Fla.) Executive Airport.
Nextant Aerospace expects to fly the first example of its G90XT early next month, the Cleveland, Ohio based company announced today at NBAA 2014. The aircraft is a remanufactured Beechcraft C90 that integrates Garmin G1000 avionics, General Electric H75-100 engines and other new features into a re-lifed airframe. Nextant has been taking orders for the model since the book was opened at EAA AirVenture in August, noting “keen interest” in the Americas.
Genesys Aerosystems is offering details about its HeliSAS helicopter stability augmentation system (HeliSas) and autopilot at Booth 3334. The latest HeliSas recently received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation in the Airbus Helicopters EC130T2.
The STC expands Genesys’s range of autopilot certifications for Eurocopter, Bell and Robinson helicopters, according to the Mineral Wells, Tex.-based company, which purchased Cobham Avionics units S-Tec and Chelton Flight Systems in April in a management-led buyout.
Ensco Avionics is demonstrating the IDataMap plug-in of its IData Windows-based modeling toolset at this year’s NBAA convention (Booth 4577). IDataMap is a digital moving-map generator that enables designers to quickly create prototypes of two-dimensional moving maps for safety-critical cockpit displays or in-flight entertainment applications.
Moline, Ill.-based Elliott Aviation received an STC for a dual Honeywell NZ-2000 FMS upgrade for Hawker 800s equipped with Honeywell’s SPZ-8000 avionics suite. The STC includes the NZ-2000 6.1 version 03040 operating software, and it can also be applied when upgrading the Hawker 800 to Honeywell’s retrofit Primus CDS/R avionics, which replace the original CRT displays with modern LCDs.