Rockwell Collins (Booth No. 265) announced a series of new positions for its Pro Line 21 integrated avionics and previewed future products including a fusion of synthetic vision and infrared enhanced vision which the company calls SE Vision. Denny Helgeson, v-p and general manager for business and regional systems, described four-tube Pro Line 21 suites for the Cessna XLS+ and the new CJ4 and several completed retrofits.
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Rockwell Collins was the big winner of cockpit positions in airplanes introduced at NBAA’06. The manufacturer’s Pro Line 21 avionics were selected for the Cessna XLS+ and the new CJ4 and Raytheon Hawker 900XP and 750.
The scene at a recent aviation trade show illustrates perfectly what has become an industry-wide dilemma. An avionics sales representative had just finished giving a seasoned flight department manager a nearly hour-long sneak preview of his employer’s newest retrofit cockpit system.
Dassault has begun deliveries of the Falcon 900EX equipped with the fully operational EASy flight deck. The so-called “Step 3” of EASy includes new features, such as video display capability. It also corrects some minor imperfections and offers, at last, some functions the French manufacturer had promoted heavily when it announced the product.
The FAA has implemented performance- based navigation in the form of standard instrument departures (SIDs), en route Q and T routes, standard arrival routes (Stars) and RNP special and Rnav approaches.
Eurocontrol provided a short guide to RNP and Rnav concepts and terminology as a primer for delegates.
Are portable electronic flight bag (EFB) computing devices merely a stepping stone until business aircraft operators get around to installing cockpit equipment that integrates electronic charts with glass displays? Avionics manufacturers hope so, but business aircraft operators appear to have different ideas.
At one time or another most pilots have thought about how neat it would be to chop the throttles at FL300 or above and not touch them again until the airplane was on final. At one time that seemed impossible, but not anymore. UPS and Qantas have flown more than 200 such procedures successfully.
Marinvent, a small but highly regarded aerospace engineering firm located just outside Montreal, has big aspirations to step out of relative anonymity and into aviation’s limelight.
The FAA’s grandiose agenda to streamline operations in congested U.S. airspace is causing headaches for business jet operators with flight management systems (FMS) that do not calculate position to new Rnav standards due out this month.