Avionics

October 18, 2014 - 1:40pm

Recently launched Wingspan Systems of Mission, Kan., is in Orlando this week (Booth 1637) for the debut of its new RampTrack ground accident avoidance warning system. As the name suggests, RampTrack is a ground-based technology to help FBOs and ground-handling personnel avoid aircraft accidents.

Employing its “sensor fusion software,” RampTrack places multiple types of sensors inside hangars and on ramps to detect problems and alert ground crews to the potential for an accident in time to plan for avoidance, both for aircraft being moved and those that are parked.

October 18, 2014 - 9:10am
The combined vision system window can clearly be seen in the center top of the PFD. This is where the enhanced vision system infrared image is combined with synthetic vision.

Honeywell is continuing development of cockpit technology that makes pilots’ jobs easier and that will help in that most fundamental of piloting tasks, landing safely in poor weather. What is unique about Honeywell’s approach to this problem is that its researchers take advantage of existing hardware in the aircraft, using new software to make primary flight displays and multifunction displays (PFDs and MFDs) do a lot more work than they were designed for.

October 18, 2014 - 7:55am

By aviation industry standards, Gulfstream Aerospace’s launch last week of its new G500 and G600 aircraft was a well-kept secret, especially since the programs have already been in the works for five years since 2009. Over the past 12 months, the U.S. airframer has seen rival Dassault Falcon refresh its product range with the launch of the new Falcon 5X and 8X models, but Gulfstream insists that its focus has been on boosting choice and the value proposition of its own family of aircraft rather than seeking to keep up with competitors.

October 14, 2014 - 10:17am

Gulfstream Aerospace’s launch today of its new G500 and G600 large-cabin business jets was a well-kept secret, especially since the programs have been in the works for five years. During an event at its Savannah, Ga., headquarters, the company surprised guests by rolling out a prototype of the G500 under its own power.

October 9, 2014 - 3:00pm

Jeppesen and Honeywell Aerospace introduced a new cloud-based database update delivery service today for aircraft equipped with Honeywell Primus Epic Integrated Navigation or Primus Apex avionics. The new integrated navigation data service data manager (IDM) for Windows, available at no extra costs for subscribers, eliminates physical delivery of critical flight data updates, allowing users to download the updates from anywhere. The service is designed to support future enhancements, such as a potential wireless data-loading interface.

October 9, 2014 - 10:12am
FAA deputy administrator Michael Whitaker

The Federal Aviation Administration will not relent from requiring operators in the U.S. to equip their aircraft for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) by 2020, the agency’s deputy administrator Michael Whitaker told an industry-government committee. The ADS-B equipage mandate is the next major milestone of the agency’s NextGen ATC modernization effort.

October 8, 2014 - 2:55am

The FAA has certified the V400 avionics software for the S-76D, allowing single-pilot IFR operations. The system adds LPV capability for satellite-aided approaches and allows SiriusXM weather to be overlaid on to a moving map. ADS-B data can be transmitted via the mode-S transponder.

October 7, 2014 - 4:15am

Operators that need to meet upcoming ADS-B OUT mandates have an option for a precision GPS source, the Esterline CMC Electronics IntegriFlight CMA-5024 Landing System Sensor. The CMA-5024 not only meets the ADS-B OUT GPS sensor requirements but also offers the optional CMA-5025 control panel so the unit can act as a completely independent precision approach system. The CMA-5024 offers RNP 0.1 performance and built-in LPV approach capability to CAT I standards, “with growth to GBAS CAT I/II/III, according to CMC. The unit also meets all TSO C-145c Beta-3 and TSO C-146c Delta-4 requirements.

October 7, 2014 - 3:35am

Ruag Aviation signed a dealership agreement with Jetcraft to market the HUD Vision Access for the Challenger 604 and 605. Under the agreement, Ruag will sell and install the enhanced flight vision system (EFVS), which includes an Elbit AT-HUD head-up display and infrared sensor. The HUD Vision Access also allows pilots to descend below decision height at many airports (generally 100 feet lower for ILS and LPV GPS approaches with vertical guidance) thanks to FAA landing credits for an approved EFVS, which displays the infrared EVS image on the HUD.

October 7, 2014 - 1:25am

For aircraft equipped with satcom or air-to-ground Internet connectivity, pilots can use an iPhone/iPad app from Aerovie while airborne to submit pilot reports directly to the FAA’s Aviation Weather Center and to Lockheed Martin Flight Services (the contractor that runs the FAA’s network of flight service stations). The AerovieReports app also delivers Pireps directly to the app, saving pilots time looking up flight service frequencies and calling on the radio for updated information.

 
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