For the first time since AIN has been conducting its annual product support survey, a company that doesn’t start with Gar- and end in -min has claimed the top overall ranking among avionics manufacturers.
The biggest names in the avionics business have spent the last year preparing for the introduction of major upgrades to their existing integrated cockpits or developing entirely new avionics systems, all designed around the noble goals of improving flight efficiency and safety while serving as stepping stones to the so-called NextGen operating environment.
Honeywell last week at the Paris Air Show launched SmartLanding, a product intended to reduce runway excursions by alerting pilots if the aircraft’s approach is unstable and at risk for an unsafe landing. “Runway excursions cost the global industry about $900 million every year,” said Honeywell Aerospace vice president for airlines Mike Madsen.
Rockwell Collins said it has completed its $130 million purchase of satellite communication network designer DataPath in Duluth, Georgia. DataPath and its Swe-Dish Satellite Solutions subsidiary in Sweden will operate under the Rockwell Collins brand as part of the company’s government systems business.
CMC Electronics (Hall 3 Stand D50) is aiming to step up its position in the avionics market with a major investment in a new family of integrated avionics suites. Part 25 certified business aircraft will be the first applications for its new FronTier range of cockpit systems, with the first application expected to enter service before the end
Honeywell is closing in on software certification for a host of long-awaited avionics upgrades that are intended to expand the capabilities of many Gulfstream and Dassault business jets.
CMC Electronics (Booth No. 371) is aiming to step up its position in the avionics market with a major investment in a new family of integrated avionics suites. Part 25-certified business aircraft will be the first applications for the new FronTier range of cockpit systems, with the first application expected to enter service before the end of 2013.
Rockwell Collins’s Airshow 4000 v2 moving map has had a major facelift after the avionics group brought in some of California’s top video game programmers to make sure they got it right. The new v2 is purely a software upgrade and the entirely new mapping includes some 200 3-D enhancements and makes use of satellite-source topographic data from NASA.
With a 99.97-percent dispatch reliability rate, Honeywell’s HTF7000 engine–which entered service in 2004–recently passed its 500,000-hour use mark.
Visitors to the Conklin & de Decker display (Booth No. 3323) during Heli-Expo’09 can receive a 20-percent discount on some of the company’s most popular products, including the Aircraft Cost Evaluator, the Aircraft Performance Comparator, Life Cycle Cost and the State Tax Guide for General Aviation. The Massachusetts-based company released the 2009 tax guide earlier this month.