Instrument manufacturer Aerosonic of Clearwater, Fla., announced yesterday that it bought Op Technologies, a Beaverton, Ore. manufacturer of glass cockpit avionics suites primarily for the light sport and experimental aircraft market. “It fits perfectly,” said Aerosonic executive vice president Mark Perkins, “because we were headed down the path of developing our own glass display products.
Honeywell’s Apex glass cockpit will be a future optional avionics upgrade for the Ae270 turboprop single, currently under development by Ibis Aerospace of the Czech Republic.
The FAA has issued a follow-on certification for the Honeywell-developed PlaneView avionics suite in the Gulfstream 500 and 550 that lets pilots view electronic charts and video on the flight displays.
Fly-by-wire (FBW) flight controls have been commonplace in fighters and Airbus airliners for years, but the technology has remained out of reach for all but a handful of business jet pilots. The notable exception in business aviation is the Airbus Corporate Jetliner, a descendent of the A320, which in 1988 became the first airliner with fly-by-wire controls and sidesticks to enter production.
Be sure to glance left the next time you step aboard an American Airlines Boeing 757 or 767. The airline has awarded a contract to avionics maker Innovative Solutions & Support for flat-panel cockpit display upgrades in nearly 200 airplanes in its fleet that will dramatically alter the flight decks’ look.
L-3 Communications said here at the show Monday that it would produce an electronic flight bag (EFB) portable cockpit computer, adding yet another player to a market already flush with competitors.
CMC Electronics has signed a contract with Lufthansa for cockpit upgrades to the CMA-9000 flight management system in the German air carrier’s fleet of 14 Airbus A300-600s. The retrofit product includes a larger navigation database, improved performance optimization and increased datalink capability, according to CMC. The initial installations of the dual CMA-9000s by Lufthansa Technik are scheduled to begin in early 2009.
CMC Electronics (Hall 3, Stand D7) is introducing a so-called “portable mission display” for military aircraft called TacView that will do for armed-forces pilots what electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers do for civilian fliers.
Canadian simulator builder CAE has introduced the third generation of its Simfinity cockpit procedures trainer, this one adding a so-called lesson plan studio for instructors and a virtual instructor feature that lets students create self-paced lessons.The Simfinity trainer consists of a number of LCD touch-screen displays positioned to replicate the cockpit of a given aircraft model.
Belgian visualization specialist Barco has been chosen by Aero Vodochody to supply high-definition displays for its L-159 modification program. Aero is converting four