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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Aireon Aircraft Locating and Emergency Response Tracking (Aireon Alert) network, a free service expected to be rolled out in 2017, will allow rescue agencies to request the location and last flight track of any 1090 MHz ADS-B-equipped aircraft anywhere in the world, including remote or oceanic regions not covered by ATC surveillance.
Satellite communications systems have security vulnerabilities that may allow hackers to gain access to aircraft systems, according to cyber security expert Ruben Santamarta, principal security consultant at IOActive Security Services, speaking at the Black Hat USA conference early last month. Santamarta and IOActive published a white paper that discusses security vulnerabilities in air, sea and land satcom systems, including systems made by Cobham (formerly Thrane & Thrane) and Iridium.