Humans beware. Computers want your job, and considering that they’re smarter, better looking and will work for no pay, they’ll probably get it someday. For professional pilots that could mean preparing for the day when the captain is a software app and you’re just along for the ride.
Air Comm has unveiled the first digital climate-control system for helicopters at Heli-Expo. The system will allow crew and passengers to dial in desired temperatures throughout the aircraft. Simply called the Digital Climate Control System, it automatically engages air-conditioning and heating as required to maintain the selected temperatures. It features separate zones and controls for cockpit and cabin.
Air-conditioner manufacturer Skil-aire of Baltimore has developed the Moving Cooler line of caster-mounted units designed to spot-cool areas such as remote boarding lounges and cabins of aircraft waiting on ramps or during interior maintenance. Skil-aire notes these are the first commercially available air conditioners to isolate the condenser and evaporative air streams for added cooling efficiency and less energy use.
Steecon Enterprises has developed a bulkhead swinging door. The door is hinged at the top and bottom, and the door frame houses the motorized activation assembly. The door is activated by the push of a button (on the floor or door frame), remains open long enough for the user to pass through and then closes automatically. A resistance disengage switch ensures that the user cannot be trapped when the door closes.
The Brazilian Departamento de Aviacao Civil (DAC) recently awarded Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Mich. facility repair station certification. The certificate allows the company to work on aircraft registered in Brazil. Duncan Aviation Battle Creek also has approvals from Europe’s JAA and Venezuela. Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb., facility has approvals from Brazil, Bermuda, Venezuela, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, China and the JAA.
MXI Technologies has added an automated line-planning feature to its Maintenix aviation maintenance management software. The new feature is intended to help eliminate repetitive tasks and improve labor productivity by allowing planners to focus on critical issues and decisions.
Intelligent Automation Corp. (IAC) launched its so-called SuperHUMS (health and usage monitoring system) here at Heli-Expo (Booth No. 1032).
The Enstrom 480 series has an upgraded air conditioning unit that the FAA recently certified. “The condenser bypass makes this system more efficient than that of most of our competitors,” claimed Bayard duPont, director of product support for Enstrom Helicopter.
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