In the next few years, CMC Electronics, Canada’s largest avionics maker and an important player in a number of niche markets, plans to develop an integrated avionics system for business jets that will pit the company directly against industry heavyweights Honeywell and Rockwell Collins.
Flight management system
For most flight department managers, the thought of navigating the maze of FAA rules to fly required navigation performance (RNP) approach procedures is enough to stop them dead in their tracks.
French-based Thales today announced the success of the first power-on ground test of its new avionics suite for the ATR -600 series, after 14 months of collaboration with the regional turboprop manufacturer. Under an integrated modular avionics architecture, the new flight deck uses AFDX (avionics full duplex switched ethernet) communication networks.
Gulfstream said it has completed a full future air navigation system (Fans) flight across the Atlantic Ocean using controller-pilot datalink communication with automatic dependent surveillance (CPDLC/ADS).
The flight was the first of its kind for a purpose-built business jet. The CPDLC/ADS datalink provides flight crews with direct communication to oceanic and remote-area air traffic controllers.
What’s up with WAAS? That’s the question countless business jet pilots have been asking since the FAA announced plans to publish thousands of WAAS LPV (lateral precision with vertical guidance) approaches at U.S. airports while simultaneously making it difficult–or in some cases impossible–for operators to gain approval to fly the procedures.
The launch of the super-midsize Gulfstream G250 in October added yet another program to the growing list of contract wins for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system, an advanced cockpit now under development by the U.S. firm that is due to start appearing on the flight decks of new airplanes in 2011.
Honeywell announced flight management system software upgrades for its FMZ-2000 and Primus Epic systems that will provide advanced GPS-enabled route and approach capabilities, including access to congested airspace and oceanic airways. The Version 6.1 FMS software upgrade will apply to aircraft with the FMZ-2000, while Version 7.1 enhances the Primus Epic suite.
Honeywell engineers are developing for the AgustaWestland AW139 medium twin a software upgrade that optimizes the helicopter’s Primus Epic avionics system for the rigors of search-and-rescue operations.
Honeywell engineers are now developing a software upgrade for the AgustaWestland AW139 medium twin that optimizes the helicopter’s Primus Epic avionics system for the rigors of search-and-rescue operations.
Universal Avionics has landed a deal with Hawker Beechcraft to provide flat-panel glass display and flight management system upgrades in the Hawker 700B. The retrofit package will replace existing flight and engine analog instruments with Universal’s UNS-1Fw FMS units, EFI-890R flat-panel displays and application server units (ASU) linked to UCDT-III electronic-flight-bag displays.