The recent increase in fatal helicopter accidents, along with a push by the FAA to standardize the manufacture of helicopter terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS), has prompted a number of avionics companies to expand their product offerings and make changes to existing systems.
Electronic Flight Instrument System
Sandel Avionics is adding new WAAS approach annunciations to its 4-ATI electronic primary navigation display, the SN4500, with a software update available next month. The Vista, Calif. manufacturer of plug-and-play EFIS replacements for legacy electromechanical attitude-director and horizontal situation indicators said the SN4500 will then annunciate the type of WAAS approach that is armed.
Capital Aviation in Bethany, Okla., is at Booth No. 4442 displaying what it can do to make older Canadair/Bombardier Challengers look and perform like new Challenger 605s.
The Reflections refurbishment program incorporates several Capital-owned STCs to give Challenger 600 through 604 corporate jets “the looks of a new 605 inside and out, for a fraction of the price.”
Infrared enhanced-vision systems (EVS) optimized to provide greater situational awareness for business aircraft are finding an increasing number of applications as evidenced by the activity reported by EVS suppliers exhibiting at NBAA’08.
Synthetic-vision flight presentations are about to become a ubiquitous presence in dozens of business aircraft models thanks to certification programs that have been completed recently and additional test programs which are about to get under way.
Chelton Flight Systems of Boise, Idaho, has received FAA approval for installation of its FlightLogic synthetic-vision EFIS in helicopters. The approval was accomplished as part of the FAA’s Alaska Capstone program with support from the agency’s rotorcraft directorate in Fort Worth, Texas. The initial STC installation was performed by Hillsboro Aviation in Hillsboro, Ore., in a Bell JetRanger operated by the company in charter service.
It is impossible to ignore the role technology has played in making the art of powered, heavier-than-air flight incrementally safer for the successive generations of aviators who have laid witness to a remarkable 100-year history.
You’ll have to forgive Geoffrey Cooper if he can’t immediately bring to mind the exact number of companies he is responsible for overseeing. As managing director of the Chelton Group, Cooper in the last several years has become adept at juggling a multitude of duties and obligations.
Meggitt Avionics said yesterday that it is offering dealers a pre-certification sales initiative for combined orders for its Magic electronic flight instrument system (EFIS) and Magic 2100 autopilot. By placing a program order during the STC phase for a specific aircraft, dealers will be assigned a production slot giving them a priority production and shipping position.
Top executives of Elliott Aviation enthused at an NBAA 2002 press conference Monday about a number of new developments of the venerable family-owned corporate sales and technical services company, not the least of which is the rapidly approaching opening of its new completion center at Quad Cities Airport in Moline, Ill.