Terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) manufacturers being sued for patent infringement by Honeywell have started to fight back. On Monday, Universal Avionics Systems Corp. filed a counterclaim in the U.S. District Court in Delaware alleging that Honeywell is “attempting to monopolize” the TAWS market with its patent lawsuit filed last spring.
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Aviation Sales Inc., Swiss aircraft maker Pilatus’ Western U.S. PC-12 distributor, has named Jet Works Aviation Inc. the new Southern Service Center for the PC-12 turbine single. The company, a turbine and avionics specialist, is located at Meacham Airport in Fort Worth, Texas.
Garrett Aviation has completed its first installation of Honeywell’s integrated display system–known as the Primus Epic control display system/retrofit (CDS/R)–in a Gulfstream III for an undisclosed owner. FAA supplemental type certification is expected by early November, pending Honeywell’s achieving TSO approval, expected later this month.
DaimlerChrysler Aviation (DCA) reported the first installation of Honeywell’s Primus Epic Control Display System-Retrofit (CDS-R) and other new avionics on an early serial number Gulfstream II.
Standard-setting organization RTCA has released minimum operational performance standards (MOPS) for helicopter terrain awareness and warning systems (HTAWS). The recommendations are the result of the FAA’s request for input about minimum performance as it was studying implementing an NTSB recommendation for installing TAWS in helicopters.
Weather, fuel and a curfew were clearly on the minds of pilot Robert Frisbie and copilot Peter Kowalczyk when they took off in a Gulfstream III from LAX for Aspen, Colo., in the late afternoon of March 29. Less than two hours later, the pilots, flight attendant and all 15 passengers were killed when the jet descended into terrain less than half a mile from the airport.
D&D Design of West Milford, N.J., received an STC for installation of the Honeywell Mk XXII Enhanced GPWS with the latest 008 software in the Sikorsky S-76B and -C. Software 008 permits the EGPWS to continue mapping by dead reckoning if GPS reception is lost. The EGPWS lists for $48,500. With installation, the all-up cost is about $80,000.
Touted as an industry first, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has given Honeywell the same authority to update its synthetic-vision system (SVS) database as it allows for updates of the company’s navigation database.
Recognizing that some aircraft operators will want to equip with terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) even though they are not required to do so, the FAA is proposing the addition of a third class for TAWS, possibly to be known as class C. Class-A and -B TAWS are required in turbine aircraft with six or more passenger seats, with the higher-level class-A TAWS intended for larger Part 91 airplanes and commercial aircraft.
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.