Safe Flight Instrument of White Plains, N.Y., has developed an aircraft-based icing conditions detector (ICD) system using a combination of optical detection and a shielded temperature probe. The optical system uses an LED, a prism and an infrared sensor to detect the presence of moisture in the air.
Securaplane has grouped its lithium-ion battery technology under the “System Lithium” brand. Typically, such batteries weigh about half the weight of a traditional sealed lead-acid or nickel-cadmium battery, and in a large aircraft can save up to 200 pounds. Rather than being a single, sealed unit, the company’s lithium-iron phosphate batteries typically comprise clusters of low-power, smartphone-style cells packaged in a unit with advanced electronic cell management and health monitoring, with each cell surrounded by several layers of short-circuit protection.
Cincinnati, Ohio-based Sporty’s Pilot Shop (Booth 1357) is highlighting at NBAA 2014 its Sporty’s Easy Approval program for iPad use for Part 91F and Part 135 operators. The program is a simple solution for FAA approvals of iPads as an electronic flight bag (EFB) and paper chart replacement using the ForeFlight Mobile app.
Fatigue risk management software designer Pulsar Informatics is on hand at NBAA 2014 (Booth 3390) to demonstrate its two latest offerings: Aviation Fatigue Meter Pro, a web application, which helps business aviation professionals manage fatigue risk in their schedules, and Fleet Insight, a set of data visualization tools that can enable groups to assess the risk of fatigue among crews.
Fifty-four percent of ultraviolet radiation will penetrate most aircraft windshields, according to Dr. Elizabeth Hale, a spokeswoman for the New York City-based Skin Cancer Foundation. Hale offered this insight along with a number of others to create awareness about the dangers of cancer to cockpit flight crews.
“Sunscreen is a must, even in the air,” Hale said in a foundation news release. “It’s critical that pilots adequately protect their exposed skin, including hands and faces, with at least an SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen.”
Even in the wake of revelations that two Dallas healthcare workers had contracted Ebola from a Liberian man in their care, the International Air Transport Association has issued no special guidance to its airline members for containing the potential spread of the disease in airplanes. Rather, it relies on the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which, according to IATA, it shares with its members.
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter thanks to the development of a nonlinear acoustic imaging technique that can detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems. According to Dr. Jack Potter, research assistant in the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Bristol’s Ultrasonics and Non-destructive Testing research group, it has long been understood that acoustic nonlinearity is sensitive to many physical properties including material microstructure and mechanical damage.
Hawker Pacific will partner with Aero Dynamix to create an additional Aero Dynamix international repair station. The repair facility for night vision imaging systems (NVIS) will be an extension of Hawker Pacific’s existing avionics repair facility in Dubai. Drawing on 35 years of experience, the Middle East facility offers maintenance, modification and support services. Aero Dynamix develops integrated NVIS for both commercial and military aircraft. The company specializes in complete and fully integrated cockpit modifications for night-vision applications.
Spectrum Aeromed completed its first installation for SevenBar Aviation in a King Air 200. The Albuquerque, N.M.-based aircraft is staffed with a medical team from Lifeguard Air Emergency Services. LAES is a department within Emergency Services of University of New Mexico Hospitals and is New Mexico’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. In addition to the dual-patient configuration and patient loading system, Spectrum Aeromed installed IV poles, stretcher bridges, custom medical equipment mounts and an infant transport deck.
In light of recent accidents that underscore the dangers of hypoxia, operators might want to hear the dangers for themselves. A 2008 recording of a pair of Learjet pilots who nearly lost control of their aircraft illustrates the threat that hypoxia poses. In the recording something is clearly wrong with the pilots, but they struggled to make their problem and their intentions known to a Cleveland Center controller, who figured the problem out on his own and instructed the pilots to descend.
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