Honeywell has received FAA supplemental type certificate approval for installation of its Sky Connect Tracker III in S-76, AW139 and AS350 helicopters. Sky Connect Tracker III uses the Iridium satellite network to provide all-in-one voice, text and tracking services. Honeywell said its dual-redundant servers currently handle more than 5 million tracking, text and telemetry messages each month.
The merging of glass cockpit technology to legacy Enstrom (Booth No. 8822) helicopters moved closer to reality this week, with Aspen STC announcing the completion of flight testing toward FAA supplemental type certificate approval to install the Aspen Avionics Evolution EFD1000H primary flight display (PFD) and EFD500H/1000H multifunction display (MFD) on current and future Enstrom models.
Flight data monitoring provider Latitude Technologies (Booth No. 411) and AKV (Booth No. 1624), maker of engine cycle counters for helicopters, announced a jointly developed technical interface between the companies’ products. The new interface is designed to provide fleet operators with valuable engine condition and performance data.
Heli-Expo 2014 brings big news for Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (Booth No. 802). On the heels of its announcement that the company has completed its 800th night vision cockpit modification, including exterior high intensity LED navigation lights and aft cabin lighting just before the show (an AW139 for Construction Helicopters), it also announced that it has a new v-p and chief technology officer, Dr. Joseph Estrera.
Aeronautical radio and audio communications systems manufacturer Technisonic Industries (Booth No. 3433) of Ontario, Canada, is launching the TDFM-9100, the latest addition to its line of P25 Phase I- and Phase II-compliant radios. Technisonic introduced its TDFM 9000 series–anchored by the TDFM-9000 and -9300–at Heli-Expo last year.
New HAI member Rusada (Booth No. 3209) is exhibiting at Heli-Expo for the first time. A global aviation software solutions company established in 1987 and headquartered in Switzerland, with operations in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas, Rusada currently serves 50 major customers worldwide with software that manages more than 1,500 aircraft in 20 countries.
“Learning To Fly Helicopters” Second Edition is not your typical dry, droll aviation text. Author and AIN Publications chief operating officer R. Randall Padfield is an Air Force Academy graduate and a 9,000-hour commercially rated helicopter pilot who flew to offshore platforms in the North Sea. He succeeds in melding his personal experiences with engineering knowledge in an easy-to-understand narrative that is clear, concise and entertaining and delivered in chapters that are mercifully short and well-organized.
Airbus Helicopters and Esterline CMC (Booth No. 1414) have spent more than a decade collaborating on helicopter avionics, culminating in new certifications of avionics and airframes announced at Heli-Expo 2014. On display for the announcement were examples of Esterline’s CMA-9000 flight management system and CMA-5024 GPS landing system sensor in the Airbus EC175.
“Well over 1,000 CMC flight management systems are in service on Airbus helicopters,” said Greg Yeldon, president of Esterline CMC. “The navigation system on the EC175 is the latest example of this collaboration.”
The first formal agreement between a major global avionics manufacturer and a Russian-based aviation solutions provider was enacted via a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between Rockwell Collins (Booth No. 8040) and St. Petersburg, Russia-based Transas Aviation.
Mesa, Ariz.-based Able Aerospace (Booth No. 4402) announced at Heli-Expo 2014 that it will be the only MRO to stock and distribute Northwest Dynamics’s soon-to-be PMA’d line of Bell rotor brake components and assemblies. These parts fit the Bell 206 and 207 helicopters.
“Adding NDI’s rotor brake parts to our more than 8,000 other PMA parts means tens of thousands of dollars in savings on parts that are the same fit and function as new OEM parts,” said Anthony Saenz, president of Able Aerospace.