As the market for terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) heats up, manufacturers are adjusting prices downward to compete against one another. The latest to announce a price drop was Sandel Avionics of Vista, Calif., which is now selling its class-B ST3400 TAWS/RMI for less than $20,000. The 3-ATI unit is a self-contained TAWS with an integrated RMI.
The Honeywell weather information network (WINN), compared by some to a veritable Weather Channel for the cockpit, is now available to major and regional airlines following completion of a four-month trial in an Airbus A320.
Garmin has tossed its hat into the terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) ring, announcing at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., last month that a class-B product is in the works and will be offered to buyers of Garmin 500-series avionics “within a year.”
Universal Avionics last month touted the addition of a WAAS-capable UNS-1Fw FMS in a Falcon 20. The installation, performed by Alternative Avionics in Waterford, Mich., adds to the list of airplanes certified to carry Universal’s WAAS FMS, which includes King Airs, Astras, Challengers and the Boeing 737. Universal last month also announced the receipt of an STC covering installation of an MFD-640 multifunction display in the Falcon 50.
Eclipse Aviation is expecting to achieve two major certification goals–flight-into-known-icing and EASA certification–for the EA-500 very light jet by July, according to Mike McConnell, vice president of sales and marketing. Full avionics functionality should follow by year-end, aided by Eclipse’s choice to install dual Garmin GPS 400W WAAS-certified moving-map GPS navigators to provide missing GPS functionality.
Twelve aircraft, including five commercial and several corporate jets, were damaged during a severe thunderstorm that ripped through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on July 14, ushering in the Arizona monsoon season and shutting down the airport for three hours. The north runway remained closed until noon the next day.
In a move that should reap significant rewards for the buyer, Rockwell Collins has announced plans to buy Airshow, the Tustin, Calif. maker of cabin information systems, for $160 million. The acquisition from Airshow parent Acterna, a maker of communications test equipment, is anticipated to give Collins a more solid foothold in business aviation and airline in-flight-entertainment markets.
Rival avionics manufacturers are about to get their day in court. Jury selection in the patent trial involving Honeywell and competing makers of terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) began October 31 in Wilmington, Del., and will be followed by opening arguments in the case starting on November 3.
Don’t expect an economic miracle from the business aviation marketplace over the next decade. Honeywell forecasters once again are predicting nothing better than “slow but sustained expansion” through 2013.
Among the turbine engine programs Honeywell is featuring at Booth No. 2137 this week are a completely factory-remanufactured version of the venerable T53 that powered the Huey series and the brand-new HTS900 turboshaft for the Army Bell ARH-70A armed reconnaissance helicopter.