The latest Selected Acquisition Report on the Lockheed Martin F-35 program has updated the Pentagon’s cost estimates. The eight international partners may take some comfort from the predictions of future unit recurring flyaway costs, once full-rate production begins. That is, if they defer the majority of their buys until then, which seems increasingly likely. The report also details the schedule delays that were officially approved last December.
Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services is no stranger to taking an older airplane from analog to digital. According to principal engineer Greg Smith, the DC-9 cockpit went from “steam gauges” to digital in a matter of four months and the airplane rolled out with a glass cockpit sporting four 10-inch Universal Avionics EFI 890 flat-panel displays; Universal UNS-1LW flight management system; L-3 integrated standby units combining airspeed and attitude in a single unit; and Cobham audio panels.
Avionics technology is accelerating, and while manufacturers have made tremendous advances during the past decade, the march of microprocessor speed, electronic storage growth and high-speed communications networks means that engineers can increasingly do much more with less equipment, bringing stunning new capabilities to the cockpits of tomorrow.
TrueNorth is rapidly becoming one of the better-known cabin communications specialists. Here at the NBAA show, the Canadian firm ran up another flag with the announcement that it has been selected by global cabin completions giant Jet Aviation to provide its full cabin telecommunications package for high-end interior outfitting.
Phoenix Heliparts and Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the Evolution flight display system, are preparing to receive an FAA supplemental type certificate for the installation of Aspen’s H-series primary flight displays (PFD) and multifunction flight displays (MFD) in the MD500. Aspen’s H-series PFD and MFD systems are designed and manufactured specifically for the helicopter operational environment.
Spending a week at the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show never fails to exhilarate and inspire, but at the same time it can frustrate. The good news is that we U.S. citizens are extraordinarily lucky to live in a country where the federal authorities have decided that it's OK to allow us the freedom to design, build and fly an aeronautical device of our own creation, with few restrictions.
L-3’s Avionics Systems (Static F 186) continues its success in the field of providing electronic standby instrument systems (ESIS) with further selections of the company’s products for high-profile aircraft programs.
A new measure to open up defense procurement by European countries to greater competition is finally coming into force this year. In January 2009 the European Parliament approved the European directive on defense and security procurement, which should greatly increase the percentage of defense contract opportunities that EU governments offer to bidders from other European countries.
Honeywell’s latest version of its Primus Apex integrated flight deck–Build 7–offers new functions and options for operators, which the company demonstrated at EBACE in a flight on a Pilatus PC-12NG, one of the aircraft models featuring the avionics suite. The Primus Apex is a derivative of the Primus Epic fight deck that Morristown, New Jersey-based Honeywell developed for large cabin business jets, optimized for single-pilot operations.
The European Aviation Safety Agency has approved Avidyne’s EX600 multi-function display (MFD) under a technical standard order issued in April. The displays incorporate the company’s latest map panning, CMax approach charts and worldwide airport diagrams, as well as European datalink graphical weather.