Ask any flight department manager his top operational priority and the number-one answer is running a safe operation. But today, we still face a dilemma that’s been with us for decades. Dr. Jerome Berlin, a consulting aviation psychologist says, “Twenty-five years ago, we started to see changes to the causes of accidents.
For more than 10 years, Minneapolis-based Aerosim Technologies (www.flyaerosim.com) has been providing low-cost, high-fidelity software simulation training products.
Thales Avionics is in the final development phase of a new avionics suite, dubbed Top Deck, for regional and large business jets. It uses four 13.6-in LCD screens and has an “intuitive” man-machine interface.
The FAA has issued a series of ADs aimed at operators of airplanes equipped with the Honeywell Primus Epic avionics system. The directives–which affect EASy-equipped Dassault Falcon 900EXs and 2000EXs, Planeview-equipped Gulfstreams and the Embraer 170–call for integrity checks of the aviation standard communications bus (ASCB) and the installation of avionics software updates.
In late 1995, around the time of the highly publicized crash of an American Airlines Boeing 757 on approach to Cali, Colombia, Dassault launched a research and development program aimed at applying the most advanced avionics technologies then available to a radically different kind of cockpit.
The idea of mixing legal weapons with pilots is not new. Aviators of yore often carried firearms–and with good reason. There are more recent incidents that support the practice. In the mid-1960s, an airliner was taken over by a man wielding a gun who shot both pilots. In another incident a disgruntled PSA employee broke into the cockpit of a BAe 146 in 1987 and shot and killed both pilots.
NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia is addressing runway and taxiway incursion threats by testing a variety of new technologies, one of the most interesting of which is a miniature head-up display that the pilot wears on his head and positions in front of the eye.
Barco’s flat-screen cockpit displays have performed well during flight tests of the newly upgraded An-124-100M-150, according to the Belgium-headquartered company. Installed in the world’s largest civil freighter, Barco’s smart displays were built into the aircraft’s cockpit by St. Petersburg-based Kotlin-Novator, the Russian system integrator.
Aircraft windows specialist PPG Aerospace Transparencies is to supply Bell/Agusta and Airbus. Bird-impact tests have been completed on three windshield configurations, claimed to be among the largest in aviation, designed for the Bell/Agusta AB139 helicopter.
Premier/West Star announced the completion of its first installation of the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system in a Falcon 50. The package includes a new digital autopilot, dual AHRS sensors, weather radar and radio stack.