Thales is demonstrating for the first time at an NBAA Convention its new iDeck “avionics prototyping, advanced system simulation tool.” The simulation platform lets airframers and their customers design, validate and test their future avionics suite configurations and functionality before entering full-scale development.
JetTech, a Colorado specialist in designing and obtaining STCs for RVSM and panel modernization, is at Booth No. 4960 to publicize its glass-cockpit STC for pre-serial number 275 Cessna Citation 500s as well as RVSM retrofit certifications for the Piper Cheyenne 400LS and Cheyenne IIIA.
Synthetic-vision flight presentations are about to become a ubiquitous presence in dozens of business aircraft models thanks to certification programs that have been completed recently and additional test programs which are about to get under way.
Universal Avionics has landed a deal with Hawker Beechcraft to provide flat-panel glass display and flight management system upgrades in the Hawker 700B. The retrofit package will replace existing flight and engine analog instruments with Universal’s UNS-1Fw FMS units, EFI-890R flat-panel displays and application server units (ASU) linked to UCDT-III electronic-flight-bag displays.
The quality of cabin air remains a concern for aircraft manufacturers in their quest to ensure the safety of crewmembers and passengers. Even small oil leaks have laid the groundwork for a disturbing sequence of events that too often figure in routine flight report summaries covering airliner and corporate aircraft crews and passengers.
For airplanes–some airplanes at least–30 years is just another birthday to precede many more, a time when the manufacturers will hopefully hear comments such as “better, not older,” or “significantly improved.” That is true of the Bombardier Challenger 605.
Honeywell is testing a new type of automated cockpit concept that can take control of airplanes to keep them from flying into the ground or buildings. Called assisted recovery, the system uses the enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS) and autopilot to steer an airplane away from terrain or obstacles if the pilot has not attempted to do so within five seconds of an EGPWS warning.
The marketers of the emergency vision assurance system (EVAS) have received an STC for installation of the equipment in Boeing 737-300 cockpits, with the first units being delivered for the narrowbody twinjet to Magic Carpet Aviation in Orlando, Fla. EVAS, marketed by EVASWorldwide of Ramsey, N.J., is designed to provide pilots with an unobstructed view of vital instruments and controls in the event of continuous smoke in the cockpit.
India-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL, here at chalet R1) now has the military utility version of its Dhruv helicopter certified with an IAI-made glass cockpit. “We have delivered 10 to the Indian army,” chief test pilot Chandra Upadhyay told AIN. The Army’s pilots have started training and plan to be ready to operate with the new cockpit within two or three months, he added.
Sagem Défense Sécurité is displaying a dynamic demonstration of its integrated cockpit display system (ICDS) on the Safran Group stand (Hall 4 B12). Designed to replace electro-mechanic instruments and piloting and navigation functions, the ICDS is composed of a primary flight display, engine monitoring system, navigation display and multi-function display, or a combination of all four.