It was a night tailor-made for flying– smooth air, barely a cloud in the sky and miles of visibility. The center controller had handed the crew off to approach control with a friendly, “G’night,” and within a few minutes the pilots were cleared for a visual approach to the active runway about 15 miles straight ahead. From their position, the crew could easily see the airport, enveloped by the sodium-vapor shimmer of the city’s vast downtown.
Honeywell is calling for greater cooperationbetween the U.S. and Europe as the two prepare for the deployment of future air traffic management (ATM) technologies. Warning that capacity in the skies over North America could become stretched to the limit without such cooperation, Honeywell also asked lawmakers in Washington to get serious about ATM funding soon.
Although relatively small, the Jetlan AR230 onboard file server from Pentar Avionics is big where it counts: performance and features. Dual processors (PC plus avionics), nine-port Ethernet switch, wireless (802.11x) access point, ISDN interfaces and avionics interfaces are all provided in this 2-MCU package weighing in at six pounds.
Grob’s SPn, a carbon-fiber light business twinjet introduced at last month’s Paris Air Show, will enter production with the Honeywell Apex avionics system, according to officials from the German company.
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At press time, FAA type certification continued to elude Eclipse Aviation for its very light jet, while Cessna confirmed speculation that it would be first to certify a VLJ when its Citation Mustang received Part 23 type certification for everything but known icing on September 8 (see page 1).
Honeywell has introduced the KDR 610 datalink weather receiver to the company’s Bendix/King product line, entering the hot market for XM satellite weather information to the cockpit. Designed to interface with the Bendix/King KMD 250, KMD 550 and KMD 850 multifunction displays, the KDR 610 is composed of a receiver, the cockpit display and an antenna.
Garmin isn’t the only company targeting the venerable King Air turboprop with modern glass avionics (see "Garmin reveals first retrofit package for popular G1000"). Rockwell Collins last month announced avionics retrofit programs for the King Air 200 and 300 (it already supplies the avionics systems in new King Air 350s), while a pair of relative unknowns have teamed to offer an upgraded cockpit for the King Air 90.
About six months ago, someone–either a customer or an aircraft manufacturer–queried Rockwell Collins about a runway with a displaced threshold in a Pro Line FMS database. The airport databases in FMSs used in the Pro Line 4 and 21 avionics suites provide total runway length but not available landing distance (runway length less displaced threshold or usable length).