Apple’s iPad tablet computer is only about a year-and-a-half old, and in a short period of time it has exploded into aviation, unleashing a furious expenditure of creative energy by developers of applications for the compact and powerful portable device. Apps range from preflight performance calculators to flight planners and in-flight moving maps.
Synthetic vision system
The overwhelming desire when looking at the Pro Line Fusion system in the Rockwell Collins Challenger 601 on which we took a test flight is to keep looking down at the colorful and huge displays, fixed in landscape orientation and showing a detailed view of the outside world as represented by synthetic vision.
Rockwell Collins v-p of sales and marketing for commercial systems Colin Mahoney took the floor yesterday during a media conference at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas to emphasize “exponential growth in electronics technology” and Rockwell’s most recent steps to stay ahead of the power curve.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (HBC) today announced at the NBAA Convention that, together with Rockwell Collins, it has launched an aftermarket program to upgrade Pro Line Fusion displays to all fielded Pro Line 21-equipped Hawker and Beechcraft aircraft. Importantly, this marks the first after-market program of the Fusion avionics system.
Rockwell Collins is moving aggressively into the light jet and turboprop market with a new version of Pro Line Fusion targeted at smaller aircraft.
Today avionics manufacturers offer products that meet the FAR 91.175 requirement, which allows pilots to descend below 200 feet during an approach, using a system that displays infrared enhanced vision system (EVS) images on the head-
Owners of Daher-Socata TBM 700 turboprops can now retrofit their panels with Garmin’s G1000 integrated flight deck. The retrofit, available for both A and B models of the TBM 700, includes two 10.4-inch PFDs and one 15-inch MFD and GFC 700 automatic flight control system. Buyers can opt for Garmin’s synthetic vision technology. The retrofit received supplemental type certification from the EASA and FAA validation of the EASA STC.
Aspen Avionics and AvConnect demonstrated a new way of entering flight data into and extracting information from avionics systems at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis. AvConnect (an AvFusion company) partnered with Aspen to launch “Connected Panel” technology, which will allow pilots to use mobile devices to communicate with avionics systems.
Bombardier’s Global Vision cockpit for the Global 5000 and 6000 (formerly XRS) received certification from Transport Canada, although advanced features such as synthetic vision and enhanced vision on the head-up display will come later. Global Vision is based on the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion flight deck, which received FAA approval of all applicable technical standard orders in April.
Garmin’s G500H helicopter glass cockpit is now approved for installation in Canadian-registered Eurocopter AS350B2/B3s and EC130B4s. The all-glass G500H features synthetic vision technology (SVT), moving map, chart data, helicopter-specific database including more than 7,000 airports and nearly 30,000 obstacles, optional worldwide weather and the ability to display FLIR (infrared) and other video sources.