Sandel Avionics of Vista, Calif., has begun pre-certification flight testing of a helicopter-specific terrain avoidance warning system based on its fixed-wing class-A TAWS. The system, HTAWS, will meet or exceed performance for any current class-B TAWS for helicopters, company founder and president Gerry Block told NBAA Convention News. Initial flight testing is taking place at San Diego’s Montgomery Field using a Eurocopter AS 350B2 AStar.
Attitude and Heading Reference Systems
Atlantic Inertial Systems (AIS) has introduced a new generation of ruggedized solid-state inertial MEMS (micro electromechanical systems). The system improves noise performance and halves the bias of a current inertial measurement unit or single-axis rate sensor. This makes them compatible with long-endurance missions, the company claims.
Carson Helicopter Services, Sagem Avionics and Vector Aerospace will jointly celebrate a supplemental type certificate issued to Carson for a five-display glass cockpit on its Sikorsky S-61 fleet at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Static Display No. 25. The “Discover the New Sikorsky S-61 Tour” event will include VIP tours of the helicopter immediately following the celebration.
Jet Works Air Center in Denton, Texas, is hoping many of those operating the more than 200 Bombardier Learjet 31s flying today will stop by the company’s booth (No. 5186) to talk about the proposed replacement of 1960s vintage gimbaled directional and vertical gyros with the Rockwell Collins AHS-3000S solid-state attitude and heading reference systems (AHRS).
Mid-Continent Instruments (Booth No. 2656) is showing the AX1 attitude heading and reference system manufactured by Axitude, an avionics design and manufacturing company based in Naples, Italy. As the exclusive U.S. distributor, Mid-Continent said the AX1 allows aircraft owners to select the primary flight display that meets their individual preferences or requirements, while the unit provides critical attitude and navigational output.
Garmin announced at EAA AirVenture that its G600 combined PFD/MFD six-pack instrument cluster replacement unit received FAA TSO approval and is now available for delivery at a retail price of $29,995. The company also said it received approved model list supplemental type certification for installation of the G600 in 785 aircraft types weighing up to 12,500 pounds.
Meggitt Avionics said yesterday that it is offering dealers a pre-certification sales initiative for combined orders for its Magic electronic flight instrument system (EFIS) and Magic 2100 autopilot. By placing a program order during the STC phase for a specific aircraft, dealers will be assigned a production slot giving them a priority production and shipping position.
Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., reports it is developing a number of products and services including more emphasis on its ambitious reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) compliance project.
A business is an institution when one of a city’s major thoroughfares and one of its fine hotels bears its name. That’s the way it is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Collins Road runs near the Collins Plaza Hotel. There, in 1933, hometown boy Arthur Collins began the Collins Radio Co.
The latest capability offered to owners and operators of Twin Commander models is the Meggitt Magic (Meggitt Avionics new Generation Integrated Cockpit) electronic flight instrumentation system (EFIS).