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.
Synthetic vision system
Universal Avionics, the Tucson, Ariz. avionics manufacturer known best for its line of FMS equipment, anticipates gaining FAA certification early next year for civil aviation’s first commercially available synthetic-vision primary flight display system.
The pace of airplane introductions in the first half of the year has bordered
Aeronautical data specialist Jeppesen is investing heavily in a move from paper-based to electronic products that should enhance flight and ground operations while helping eliminate the need for paper manuals and charts.
Tucson, Ariz.-based Universal Avionics achieved a significant milestone last month, becoming the first company to certify a synthetic-vision system (SVS) for aircraft. It is a feat that some believe heralds a new era, not only for Universal, but also for aviation itself.
The third flight-test D-Jet completed a one-hour 25-minute maiden flight on Tuesday from Diamond Aircraft’s London, Ontario facility, with chief test pilot Daniel Ribeiro at the controls. S/N 003 will be used for performance and handling quality refinement, as well as to further develop avionics, fuel, autopilot and anti-ice systems.
Garmin unveiled the G950 avionics suite at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., on Tuesday. The glass avionics suite, dubbed “G1000 light” by a spokeswoman, is designed for aircraft manufacturers who want a standardized avionics configuration and will complete certification of their airframe’s avionics panel on their own. Quartz Mountain Aerospace is the first manufacturer to select the G950, for its four-place piston single.
Garmin announced yesterday that it has received FAA supplemental type certification for a synthetic-vision system it is incorporating into the G1000 cockpit. Called SVT (synthetic vision technology), the upgrade uses GPS-derived aircraft position and internal topographical databases to create 3-D images on the G1000’s large XGA displays.
Chelmsford, Mass.-based Mercury Computer Systems is on hand at Heli-Expo to demonstrate its new VistaNav 3D synthetic-vision system with FLIR. According to a company spokesman, the now-available VistaNav 3D is the first such portable system for helicopters. On display are the company’s CIS-2000 and CIS-2200, which are classified as commercial class II electronic flight bag systems.
Innovative Solutions & Support is a growing avionics manufacturer that made a name for itself with RVSM solutions, but it is now on the verge of greatly increased brand recognition with the certification of the Avio NG avionics suite that began shipping in new Eclipse 500 very light jets late last year.