Taking its battle against high-priced OEM repair and technical manuals and their revisions to a higher level, Extex has placed all of the pertinent tech data for the Rolls-Royce 250 turboshaft engine, including inspection requirements, wear limits and repair procedures, on its Web site (www.extex.com). Extex is the first company of its kind to do so. The reasons behind this move are several.
Canada’s CMC Electronics, the former Canadian Marconi, reported it has completed a second set of flight trials of its enhanced vision system, which uses a small infrared camera to capture a real-world view outside and ahead of the airplane and overlay it on a HUD.
The first flight test of the Bendix/King Apex avionics system was successfully concluded last month aboard a Cessna 206 Stationair testbed. Apex, designed for light jets, turboprops, helicopters and high-performance piston aircraft, uses Honeywell’s Visual Cueing and Control (VC2) technology to present a picture of the sky and ground on an instrument-panel-mounted screen.
Organic light-emitting diodes (OLED), a revolutionary new technology being applied to the production of commercial flat-panel displays, took center stage at last month’s Society for Information Display conference and exhibition (SID 2002), held in Boston from May 20 to 24. Toshiba impressed showgoers by unveiling a full-color, 17-in.
Iridium Satellite LLC, the company that has emerged from the bankruptcy of the Motorola-led satellite communications consortium, last month submitted a proposal to the FAA outlining its idea for continuous, real-time broadcast of cockpit voice and flight data through its constellation of 66 low-earth-orbit satellites.
The typical business airplane at different points in its lifetime will receive overhauled engines, a refurbished interior and more than a few coats of fresh paint, along with a host of required periodic maintenance checks and upgrades, all of which constitute the obligatory costs of operating a business jet or turboprop.
How many in-flight engine shutdowns have you had in your career? For the crew of a General Electric CF34-powered Challenger 604 owned by David Wetherell, the answer would be two. One per engine, over a five-week period, in a brand-new aircraft with about 100 hr TT.
Honeywell introduced an enhanced digital audio equalizer for the business jet cabin. As part of Honeywell’s Ovation integrated cabin system, the equalizer balances music and movie audio to provide better sound in high ambient noise environments. The equalizer offers 10 factory-programmable presets, including jazz, rock, movie and concert.
Lantal Textiles of Langenthal, Switzerland, and Recaro Aircraft Seating of Schwaebisch Hall, Germany, have combined their respective expertise to create what Lantal describes as “an adaptable pneumatic seat cushion, passively or actively enhancing passenger comfort.” The new technology is based on the integration of the different properties of foam, support tissue and massage cushion in “one single intelligent material.” The result is a lighte
A “fully interactive” moving map from DeCrane’s Audio International was also introduced at last month’s Aircraft Electronics Association Convention in Las Vegas. Coupled with Audio International’s Atlas onboard server, the moving map offers topographic maps and up to 11 levels of zoom capability and a variety of aircraft image shapes, sizes and configurations.