Avionics technology is accelerating, and while manufacturers have made tremendous advances during the past decade, the march of microprocessor speed, electronic storage growth and high-speed communications networks means that engineers can increasingly do much more with less equipment, bringing stunning new capabilities to the cockpits of tomorrow.
VisionSafe (Booth No. N1726) is demonstrating its emergency vision assurance system (EVAS) here at the NBAA convention as a survival factor in the event of a smoke-filled cockpit.
Work is progressing on Embraer’s newest offering, the midsize Legacy 500, and the Brazilian airframer says it is on schedule to fly the $18.4 million twinjet by year-end.
Arinc has jumped into the crowded market for wireless Internet access in airline cabins with the unveiling of its new Cabin Connect suite of products, using Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband connection.
Demonstrating its technological range and capabilities, UK-based Cobham (Booth No. C10124) is highlighting recent platform wins by its Commercial Systems business unit. The company will provide an integrated avionics suite for the new Skylander SK-105 utility aircraft, and it has been tapped by Embraer (Booth No. N5132) to provide an advanced flight display system for 14 EMB-312 Tucano trainers being upgraded for the Columbian air force.
Aspen Avionics introduced its Connected Panel system at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show in late July and expects the first applications to be available to customers by year-end. Connected Panel integrates certified avionics, in this case Aspen’s Evolution PFD and MFD glass-cockpit displays, with mobile devices. The first applications will be for the iPad; Aspen is planning Android apps as well.
When the French BEA released a partial cockpit voice recorder (CVR) transcript of the Air France Flight 447 accident in late May, pundits wasted no time unleashing pointed analysis implicating the A330’s crew. The Airbus crashed into the South Atlantic, killing all 228 people aboard. Indeed, the edited details of the BEA seemed to offer few other possibilities.
AgustaWestland’s new common cockpit concept is being adopted on all of its new helicopters in order to provide an identical “look and feel” to the operators. But the idea is about more than branding. Ultimately, it’s all to do with safety in the hope that in an emergency situation pilots will not have to give a moment’s thought to which model they are flying since all the commands are identical.
So where do young Russians go to become airline pilots? How does the training startTypically, they apply to the advanced flying school at Ulianovsk, which is a well-regarded old institution. In 2010, Ulianovsk accepted 200 new cadets and graduated 82 of them.
Even as it works toward delivery of the first flying A350 cockpit later this year, Thales (Hall Concorde) is exploring possibilities for the post-2020 generation of aircraft at its Le Haillan facility in Bordeaux.