New Royal Netherlands Air Force Boeing CH-47F (NL) helicopters are to be equipped with Honeywell’s avionics control and management system, which will also be used to modify the customer’s existing fleet. To reduce crew workload, the equipment will provide an integrated cockpit with “improved functionality and efficient human factors,” said Honeywell.
In the ARJ21 Rockwell Collins has found the first regional jet application for its ProLine 21 avionics suite. Chinese airframer ACAC specifically selected the package because it wants the new model to boast flight deck commonality with larger airliners. The U.S. avionics house is now testing the kit in its ARJ21 configurations and expects to complete integration of the first version of this by year end.
The need to unify aircraft defensive aids systems (DAS) has long been recognized and Elisra’s expertise in achieving this is a major feature of its display in the Israel pavilion in Hall A. Highly effective radar warning receivers (RWR), electronic countermeasures (ECM) and electronic support measures (ESM) can all contribute to the protection of aerial platforms but until recently each has required its own boxes and cables.
An alliance between Jeppesen and CMC electronics will integrate Jepp’s software, data and applications into CMC’s second-generation PilotView class 2 electronic flight bag (EFB).
Meanwhile, a separate satellite communications antenna deal with Japan Airlines highlights the Canadian company’s continuing advances in the field of air transport avionics.
The Asia/Pacific region is pioneering the large-scale deployment of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), a technology that promises to replace the traditional secondary surveillance radars (SSR) which are commonly used to track en-route air traffic and supplement the information provided by primary radars in terminal areas.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will add Boeing’s Class 3electronic flight bag (EFB) installation kits on its entire fleet of new and existing 777s. SIA now flies a fleet of 58 Boeing 777s, the largest of any airline, and holds orders for another 19. Boeing expects to begin fitting the EFB installation kits on the 19 new 777-300ERs starting in November.
China has been emerging lately as a truly global player in commerce and tourism, but as the Beijing Olympic Games approach in 2008, followed by the Shanghai World Expo two years later, the country must solve major infrastructural, cultural and equipment issues.
Following a management buyout of its avionics division last year, Swiss manufacturer Revue Thommen decided to seek business in new markets more aggressively than in the past. With that in mind, the company opened a facility in Addison, Texas, near Dallas, in January.
AirData, the flight planning specialist, is preparing to launch its new SwiftOps.com online flight planning and crew briefing system this fall. The new software is intended to automate as much of the flight planning process as possible, reducing crew workload during busy operations without compromising the operational control of crews.
Universal Avionics has joined forces with the Kansas City Aviation Center to develop a three-screen LCD upgrade for the Pilatus PC-12. The Universal EFI-890R is to be offered as a replacement for the turboprop single’s Bendix/King EFIS 40.