For pilots who are transitioning into a turboprop or jet equipped with a Universal Avionics flight management system (FMS), the company has for many years offered FMS training at its headquarters in Tucson, Ariz., or at customer facilities. One of the problems with training, however, is replicating the FMS in the classroom, in a way that is realistic but doesn’t rely on taking an expensive real FMS off the shelf and wearing it out in frequent button-pushing sessions during training.
Honeywell Aerospace (Booth 2000) announced that its Ovation Select cabin management system has been selected by PATS Aircraft Systems (Booth 4285) for installation on a Boeing BBJ2. According to Honeywell, the system is the “ultimate solution” for onboard high-definition entertainment, business productivity and connectivity.
Ensco Avionics is demonstrating the IDataMap plug-in of its IData Windows-based modeling toolset at this year’s NBAA convention (Booth 4577). IDataMap is a digital moving-map generator that enables designers to quickly create prototypes of two-dimensional moving maps for safety-critical cockpit displays or in-flight entertainment applications.
Gulfstream Aerospace (Booth 257) employed a variety of new plants, processes and procedures to speed completions of its new G650 flagship and get the aircraft into the customers’ hands sooner. The G650 was announced in 2008 and certified in late 2012. Since then, deliveries of the Mach 0.925 globe-spanning executive jet have set an impressive pace, in no small part due to the used of more monolithic parts on the aircraft and revamped assembly technology.
Moline, Ill.-based Elliott Aviation received an STC for a dual Honeywell NZ-2000 FMS upgrade for Hawker 800s equipped with Honeywell’s SPZ-8000 avionics suite. The STC includes the NZ-2000 6.1 version 03040 operating software, and it can also be applied when upgrading the Hawker 800 to Honeywell’s retrofit Primus CDS/R avionics, which replace the original CRT displays with modern LCDs.
Aviation tax firm Wolcott & Associates, debuting as an exhibitor at the NBAA Convention, is showcasing its proprietary web-based Flight Tax Systems (FTS) software here in Orlando. FTS helps users identify, protect and preserve tax deductions for their aircraft, and this year a new data import function has been added to the software.
CRS Jet Spares of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is back at NBAA with another Harley raffle, this year a 2014 Harley Davidson Iron 883N motorcycle. “This has become a CRS and NBAA tradition and we are proud to be able to hold our special drawing again this year,” said Armando Leighton, CRS CEO.
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.
Recently launched Wingspan Systems of Mission, Kan., is in Orlando this week (Booth 1637) for the debut of its new RampTrack ground accident avoidance warning system. As the name suggests, RampTrack is a ground-based technology to help FBOs and ground-handling personnel avoid aircraft accidents.
Employing its “sensor fusion software,” RampTrack places multiple types of sensors inside hangars and on ramps to detect problems and alert ground crews to the potential for an accident in time to plan for avoidance, both for aircraft being moved and those that are parked.
William “Bill” Highfill has joined Spirit Aeronautics in Columbus, Ohio, as director of maintenance. Spirit provides maintenance services, avionics design and installation and interior refurbishment for corporate, military, government and commercial operators.