Esterline CMC Electronics (Booth No. 9740) is showing how its TacView portable mission display brings numerous capabilities to the helicopter cockpit here at Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas. It is designed for a range of missions, from search and rescue, close air support, firefighting and police operations to medical and offshore oil and gas transport.
Hawker Pacific is hailing a couple of breakthroughs in avionics upgrades at its Asian service centers. At its Manila base in the Philippines, the company installed a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite on a Beechcraft King Air 350 turboprop. This “first” was a collaborative effort with its service center in Cairns, Australia. Meanwhile in Singapore, three King Air B200s received–for the first time in Asia, according to Hawker Pacific–Garmin G1000 systems.
Flight Training Adelaide, which trains cadets for airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Qantas, QantasLink, JAL Express and J-Air, has ordered eight firm and 18 optional Diamond DA40 light single-engine aircraft for its Parafield, Australia base. The contract was signed with Diamond Aircraft in conjunction with Australian distributor Hawker Pacific, which will provide after-sales support.
Erickson Air-Crane and Stilwell Baker Inc. (SBI) have jointly developed and certified a modernized automatic flight control system (AFCS) for the Sikorsky S-64F heavy-lift helicopter, using an unusual reversal of the all-digital approach to avionics. Erickson has contracted with SBI for the latter to supply production AFCS hardware to equp the 16 S-64s in the Erickson fleet.
In what stands as approximately the 40th airworthiness directive (AD) affecting the Airbus A380, the EASA mandated inspections and possibly repairs on the double-decker’s wing rib feet last Friday after operators found cracks on several aircraft. The AD applies to 20 of the 68 A380s in service.
Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services is no stranger to taking an older airplane from analog to digital. According to principal engineer Greg Smith, the DC-9 cockpit went from “steam gauges” to digital in a matter of four months and the airplane rolled out with a glass cockpit sporting four 10-inch Universal Avionics EFI 890 flat-panel displays; Universal UNS-1LW flight management system; L-3 integrated standby units combining airspeed and attitude in a single unit; and Cobham audio panels.
Garmin received STC approval from EASA yesterday to install the company’s Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP) and GSR 56 Iridium datalink in G1000-equipped King Air 200/B200s.
Sierra Industries of Uvalde, Texas, received STC’d approval for installation of Garmin G1000 avionics in Cessna Citation 501s. Developed in cooperation with Garmin, the STC allows installation of the three-screen digital flight deck suite in all 501s.
Bell Helicopter announced at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas that it has received FAA certification for its new $2.865-million, single-engine 407GX, equipped with Garmin G1000H glass panel avionics. Bell announced the helicopter at Heli-Expo in February and received Transport Canada certification earlier this year.
While celebrating its 75th year at NBAA ’11, Elliott Aviation is also celebrating an end to the longest and deepest recession in the industry’s history and the beginning of new opportunities.