A supplemental type certificate (STC) has been approved for Rockwell Collins to provide localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) upgrades for the King Air C90GTi, B200, B200GT, B200C, B200CGT, 350 and 350C. According to a Rockwell Collins spokesman, the company has worked closely with Hawker Beechcraft to develop and certify the coupled LPV solution, which includes an upgrade to a Rockwell Collins GPS-4000S.
Paradigm Aerospace’s new name, PAC International (Booth No. 3542), signifies the company’s new international emphasis. PAC is an FAA Part 145 repair station and services a broad range of aircraft with a focus on Bell and AgustaWestland helicopters. The company is in negotiations with military organizations in both Latin America and Asia for component repair and overhaul work.
A Bell 407, highly customized for air medical operations, is the centerpiece of United Rotorcraft Solutions’ Heli-Expo Booth (No. 1617). It features Chelton synthetic vision and is provisioned for a Chelton autopilot. The completion by the Decatur, Texas, systems integrator is one of two 407s configured for Halo-Flight of Corpus Christi.
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for an integrated cockpit display system (ICDS) in the Bell 407. EASA and Transport Canada certification are pending. Vector developed the 407 STC in partnership with Safran Group’s Sagem Avionics.
Honeywell’s Bendix/King division released its newest AV8OR Ace portable GPS at EAA AirVenture in late July, exactly a year after unveiling the first in the AV8OR Handheld series. The Ace features a much larger screen and geo-referenced IFR approach charts, as well as a full-featured automotive navigator, all for the relatively low price of $1,999 (street prices are less than $1,800).
The Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system took to the air aboard a customer airplane for the first time last month, completing a five-hour initial test flight in a Bombardier Global Express XRS that originated at the business jet maker’s Downsview test center in Toronto on August 3.
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.
Honeywell on Sunday introduced a new handheld EFB navigator with a large seven-inch touchscreen display and geo-referenced IFR charts. The AV8OR ACE uses the same interface as the 4.3-inch-display AV8OR, which was introduced last year, but adds EFB Class I or II capability with own-ship position displayed on IFR en route (high and low altitude), SID, Star, approach and airport charts.
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.
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