Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) of Boise, Idaho (Booth 1478), is showing its white phosphor night-vision goggles (NVG) for aviation and an electro-optical gimbal (in advanced prototype form) here at NBAA 2014. “The new white phosphor night-vision goggle is the first technological breakthrough in aviation goggles since the Generation III goggle was introduced,” Jim Winkel, ASU president, explained.
LoPresti Aviation’s “next generation” 85-watt BoomBeam high-intensity discharge (HID) lights, which the company says offer more than 10 times the illumination of standard lights, are now available for Cessna Citations. They are approved for the recognition, landing and taxi lights. The lights, which can be installed at a service center or by operators’ own maintenance departments, carry five-year or 5,000-hour warranty on the kit components. BoomBeam lights for business jets and turboprops carry prices ranging from $7,400 to $30,000, depending on the aircraft model.
If the lack of bandwidth on your bizjet’s Ethernet network prevents you from emailing that large presentation file while little Suzy watches YouTube videos, check out Heads Up Technologies’ Lumin cabin management system (CMS) at Booth No. 5066.
Fractional provider Avantair of Clearwater, Fla., has installed LED lighting in its maintenance hangar. “We currently have metal halide lights throughout our hangar,” said Kevin McKamey, executive vice president. “They are costly to run and don’t react quickly when there’s a power outage. The new LED lights provide 120 percent more lighting, are 50 percent more efficient to run and react more quickly to power interruptions,” he explained.
About 75 to 80 Members of the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP) and other employees held an informational picketing session outside NetJets headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, yesterday to bring attention to issues that the union claims the company management is not addressing.
Typhoon pilots with Britain’s Royal Air Force will soon be flying with a helmet-mounted system that will significantly increase their situational awareness (SA), particularly in the air-to-air role.
Astronics, a provider of advanced, high-performance lighting and electronics systems for the global aerospace industry, has announced a new line of LED landing and taxi lights that consume much less power than the incandescent lights that they replace.
Elbit (Booth No. 376) has announced the launch of a new family of off-the-shelf displays designated ORD-900. They come in three sizes–15-, 12.1- and 10.4-inch diagonal–and all can be used in either portrait or landscape orientation and feature wide viewing angles.
Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 5100) has developed a new addition to its Duncan Design Collection–a shell kit for the Falcon 50EX, the first of which is currently being installed. The shell kit provides for 1.25-inch seated headroom increase, new LED (light-emitting diode) lighting, an oxygen delivery system upgrade and improved signage. The 50EX shell follows the successful Falcon 50 kit, of which 17 have been installed to date.
Aerospace Optics of Forth Worth, Texas, the manufacturer of Vivisun mil-spec lighted pushbutton switches and programmable displays, is here at NBAA presenting its Web-based Vivisun Configurator, an online part specification system.
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