According to Honeywell, tests during installation of a Wi-Fi system in an airliner found that LCDs in the airplane experienced a “momentary blanking… when exposed to higher-than-normal levels of electrical interference. STC [supplemental type certificate] testing is conducted before aircraft are certified to fly. There are no instances of a Honeywell screen blanking in flight.
At the AEA show yesterday, Universal Avionics announced it is now taking orders for its next-generation datalink communications system, the UniLink UL-800 and UL-801 communications management unit (CMU). The UL-800 and -801 enable high-speed datalink communications between pilots and ATC, according to Universal, and feature future air navigation system (Fans 1/A) and VHF datalink mode 2 capabilities.
Long-awaited successors to the 14-year-old Garmin GNS 430/530-series navcoms were unveiled yesterday at the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) show in Reno, ushering in the era of touchscreen displays with the new GTN 650/750 panel-mount navcom units. The new GTN 650 and 750 are already certified and installable under an FAA-approved model list STC applicable to most Part 23 aircraft. Garmin started delivering the new navcoms today.
Universal Avionics’ new EFI-890R flat-panel display suite was recently tested and successfully qualified for several helicopter-specific vibration profiles covering 13 known models, signifying a new installation platform for the product.
Garmin has introduced its GTU-10, a personal GPS-based tracking system that allows owners to instantly check via the Internet the location of children, pets, elderly relatives, travel bags and almost anything else of value.
Greenwich AeroGroup’s Western Aircraft in Boise, Idaho has partnered with Universal Avionics to develop an avionics retrofit package for the Dassault Falcon 900B. The cockpit upgrade will replace 25 older instruments with an integrated avionics suite offering improved reliability, greater situational awareness and reduced maintenance downtime.
With 30 years of industry customer service experience, Honeywell’s vice president of customer and product support for aerospace business Adrian Paull never forgot that old story about what happens when you ask for feedback… sometimes you hear things you don’t expect. When Honeywell reorganized into segments five years ago, Paull’s people asked customers for as much useful guidance as possible.
Honeywell chose not to participate in the avionics selection opportunity for the new Citation Ten program, a Honeywell spokesman told AIN yesterday here at the NBAA Convention. “Honeywell was invited to continue its participation on the Citation X,” he said, “and greatly values our long-lasting relationship with Cessna and with Cessna operators.
Honeywell has unveiled JetMap III, the latest upgrade of its cabin information system featuring worldwide three-dimensional perspective views of terrain, ocean topography, enhanced graphics and polar ice views.
Garmin (Booth No. 6456) has received FAA STC approval of its helicopter terrain awareness and warning system for the GNS 430W/530W navcoms. The new HTAWS is available immediately as an option on newly purchased systems or as a field upgrade for current owners.