GPS

January 30, 2009 - 4:37am

Entities that build private approaches, departures and airways for helicopters have an obligation to maintain them, cautions Steve Hickok, who is now into his second decade of developing special Rnav/GPS helicopter IFR approaches for U.S. and foreign clients.  

They should not expect the government to do it, according to Hickok. “You can’t just develop an approach, walk away from it and expect the FAA to maintain it,” Hickok said.

January 29, 2009 - 8:02am

It’s been less than two years since startup airborne telecommunications firm TrueNorth Avionics of Canada introduced its first products–the Simphone (pronounced symphony) line of cabin communications systems. Today, with the economy in serious trouble and business jet sales activity slowing down, the company’s growth prospects would seem severely dampened.

January 29, 2009 - 7:57am

Eurocontrol might ask the European Commission to use some of the money expected to be saved by the planned decommissioning of VOR and NDB beacons to sponsor the development of avionics that would enable general aviation aircraft to operate in the sort of controlled airspace envisioned by the single European sky air traffic management (ATM) research (Sesar) program.

January 5, 2009 - 6:24am

Except for some early models, Honeywell’s Bendix/King division hasn’t in recent years focused on the market for GPS handheld navigators. This year at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., however, Bendix/King unveiled a handheld that offers a lower-cost alternative to Garmin’s dominant line of GPS handhelds.

January 5, 2009 - 5:59am

A number of WAAS LPV (lateral precision with vertical guidance) equipment approvals for business jets have been completed recently or will be finished soon as avionics manufacturers, installation centers and operators get serious about gaining the needed certifications to fly the GPS-based procedures.

January 5, 2009 - 5:04am

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.

December 1, 2008 - 6:35am

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.

December 1, 2008 - 6:01am

Garmin last month unveiled the GPSMAP 696, a portable aviation navigation device with a seven-inch portrait screen. The GPSMAP 696 incorporates the features of the GPSMAP 496, while its larger display allows added capabilities such as airways, electronic charts and expanded weather. According to Garmin, the GPSMAP 696 is now available and costs $3,295.

December 1, 2008 - 5:43am

Global Aviation recently installed dual Universal Avionics UNS-1Ew WAAS/SBAS-FMSs in an Astra light jet. This is the first certification approval for the WAAS/SBAS-FMS in an Astra and adds yet another platform for Universal’s WAAS/SBAS-enabled FMSs. The UNS-1Ew installation was approved for 3D-coupled WAAS GPS approaches, including localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) procedures.

October 31, 2008 - 10:23am

How times change. In the 1990s, the Departments of State and Commerce, backed by the Department of Defense and the GPS industry, were busy persuading foreign nations that with GPS available to everyone worldwide, they shouldn’t waste their money launching their own satnav systems. But the genie got out of the bottle anyway.

 
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