Boeing has installed the following eight new technologies in its 737-900 Technology Demonstrator:
Flight management system
Garrett Aviation has completed installation of the first Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Continuum retrofit avionics system in a Falcon 20. Designed to extend the lives of aging business jets, the package features active-matrix LCD adaptive flight displays that support advanced capabilities for terrain awareness, enhanced navigation maps, uplinked graphic weather and other functions.
Air Support is unveiling the latest new features of its Preflight Planning System (PPS) here at EBACE this week (Booth No. 722). The Danish software house is progressively extending the scope of the flight-planning program to encompass more real-time data, while boosting its value as an operations management tool that gives users a better grasp of their direct operating costs.
For a glimpse into aviation’s future one need look no farther than Seattle Boeing Field, the home of a specially modified Boeing 737-900 outfitted with an array of experimental avionics and flight controls. For much of the spring Boeing has been inviting select groups of airline representatives aboard its technology demonstrator for flights to Moses Lake Airfield in Central Washington to showcase the cutting-edge systems.
Honeywell is on the verge of gaining FAA certification approval for retrofit versions of its Primus Epic integrated avionics suite. Targeting older medium and heavy business jets, Primus Epic CDS/R (control display system/retrofit) has been developed to transform steam-gauge-driven dinosaurs into state-of-the-art hot rods capable of meeting airspace operating requirements for the next decade or more.
Bombardier has contracted with Aerosim-Mechtronix to provide flight management system (FMS) training software for its CRJ200, -700 and -900 family of regional jets. The deal will allow the airframer to use the software throughout its training organization, including at customer sites and eventually over the Internet for distance learning.
Pilots are taught from the first day of flight training that flying an airplane is all about situational awareness–visualizing where they are in relation to the rest of the world. The task becomes more daunting when pilots lose visual reference to the ground, such as during IFR operations, because presented with nothing but two-dimensional graphics or text data, the visualization must take place in the pilot’s mind.
Rockwell Collins emerged a winner at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., last month with the announcement that the Cedar Rapids, Iowa company’s Pro Line 21 avionics system has been selected as standard for two airplanes launched during the show–the Cessna Citation CJ3 and the Gulfstream G150.
Avidyne unveiled its Entegra FMS900W WAAS-enabled GPS navcom flight management system last month at the Sun ’n’ Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla. The FMS announcement is significant, since the system is the central computer–not to mention the user interface and input device–for Avidyne’s next-generation integrated avionics system. It is also the first of “four major announcements” that the Lincoln, Mass.
The pace of airplane introductions in the first half of the year has bordered