Rockwell Collins has delivered its Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS) for installation on two Sikorsky S-61 helicopters. The installation was accomplished through a collaborative effort with Toronto-based Vector Aerospace in early 2011, and was STC’d in June.
Cobham Commercial Systems, at Booth No. 3122, is offering a discount of up to $10,500 to Bell 206/407 and Eurocopter AS350/EC130 operators who purchase a HeliSAS autopilot and stability augmentation system before March 16, 2012. For more information visit the Cobham booth.
Demonstrating its technological range and capabilities, UK-based Cobham (Booth No. C10124) is highlighting recent platform wins by its Commercial Systems business unit. The company will provide an integrated avionics suite for the new Skylander SK-105 utility aircraft, and it has been tapped by Embraer (Booth No. N5132) to provide an advanced flight display system for 14 EMB-312 Tucano trainers being upgraded for the Columbian air force.
Aspen Avionics introduced its Connected Panel system at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show in late July and expects the first applications to be available to customers by year-end. Connected Panel integrates certified avionics, in this case Aspen’s Evolution PFD and MFD glass-cockpit displays, with mobile devices. The first applications will be for the iPad; Aspen is planning Android apps as well.
Richard Bach, the well-known pilot and author of numerous books, articles and short stories about aviation (he’s probably most widely known for his book Jonathan Livingston Seagull), once wrote a story about a mythical flight school somewhere in the western U.S. and far away from civilization.
The FAA awarded an STC to Cobham for installation of its HeliSAS autopilot and stability augmentation system on Eurocopter’s AS350 and EC130. HeliSAS is designed for use in all phases of flight and automatically returns the helicopter to a near-level attitude when the pilot releases the controls. The system costs and weighs much less than traditional large military and commercial helicopter autopilot systems, according to Cobham.
Jim Irwin has launched a new company that is targeting the light helicopter autopilot market. Irwin is a veteran of helicopter and fixed-wing autopilot development and he sees an opportunity that hasn’t been fully tapped.
Cool City Avionics wants to create a light helicopter autopilot market.
Named after the Texas city near Mineral Wells where it is located, Cool City Avionics (Booth No. 4753) is taking a modular approach to certifying light helicopter stability augmentation and autopilot systems. The goal is to maintain component commonality and use proven automatic flight control design concepts while employing current technology.
For aircraft with Aspen Avionics' EFD1000 Evolution flight display system in the panel and an autopilot that needs analog attitude information, Aspen now offers the EA100 digital autopilot interface. The EA100 adapter converts digital attitude data to analog for older autopilots and eliminates the need to maintain old and expensive mechanical gyro systems such as the King KI256.