DRS Technologies, part of the Finmeccanica group (Outside Exhibit 1), is promoting a flight data recorder that deploys upon impact in the event of a crash. The system has been used for many years in military aircraft and helicopters operating in the offshore industry, and has been put to the test many times. The need for a system for commercial aircraft that can be easily and quickly recovered has been brought into sharp focus following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in March.
What makes the T-6 series a better trainer than the old airplanes is that it is designed to help new pilots make a faster transition into jets. The PT6 engine has a power management unit (PMU) that makes it respond more like a jet engine than a turboprop; hopefully the only difference is that T-6 pilots still need to step on the right rudder during takeoff, although rudder trim is available and easily accessible on the Hotas. Naturally the HUD helps with the transition to jets, too, as does the modern avionics suite.
CMC Electronics (Hall 4 Stand C16a) has brought its new TacView portable mission display to Farnborough as part of a global marketing effort aimed at both manufacturers and users of fast jets, fixed-wing military transports and helicopters. The new product, which the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) already has adopted, is derived from the company’s PilotView electronic flight bag (EFB).
Crashworthy crew and passenger seats for military aircraft, including ejection seats, are UK-based Martin-Baker’s bread and butter. Now the company has used its military experience to develop two different crashworthy seats for the cabins of civil helicopters. Martin-Baker America plans to build the seats at its facility in Johnstown, Pa.
It’s not only movie theater seats that are now designed with the fuller figure in mind. Martin-Baker (Hall 4 Stand D4) says its system development and demonstration (SDD) ejection seat, most recently selected by Lockheed Martin for its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, contains features designed to accommodate larger aircrew.
Sikorsky has taken delivery of a new, ergonomically improved crew seat for the S-92. Supplied by British manufacturer Martin-Baker, best known for fast-jet ejection seats, the new reclining seat features a headrest, adjustable armrests, thigh support and improved seat padding and meets all current FAA safety and crashworthiness requirements.