After years of quiet development, L-3 Avionics Systems formally dropped the veil on its SmartDeck integrated avionics system at the NBAA Convention last month. The launch customer for the cockpit is Cirrus, which has selected SmartDeck for its single-engine personal jet.
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have drawn flak for a deal they struck with NASA to base an executive Boeing 767-200 and two Gulfstream Vs at the space agency’s Moffett Field, minutes away from Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
Dassault Falcon’s customer service organization has completed the initial phase of a comprehensive initiative to improve the quality of service customers to its call center receive.
Flight Display Systems (Booth No. 3047) engaged in a round of “myth-busting” here Tuesday. According to president David Gray, there are four myths endemic to the cabin electronics industry–that there is no quality high-definition system available, that cabin monitors cost about $1,000 an inch, that passengers couldn’t care less about flight deck information and that switching has to cost $1,000 per button.
Rosen Aviation (Booth No. 1864) has announced that its RosenView LX moving-map and passenger-information system, briefing controller and 10.4-inch bulkhead display will be offered as standard equipment in the Cessna Citation XLS+.
The NTSB has recommended that the FAA require the air data sensor heating system to activate automatically after engine start in new airplanes certified under Part 25. The recommendation comes in response to two similar events, one in 2002 and one in 2005, in which two Boeing 717-200s experienced gains and losses of altitude and erroneous airspeed indications in flight.
PGA Electronic, based in Montierchaume, France, announced it will deliver its first full digital version of the Paradize 3 cabin management and entertainment system early next year. The new digital system will link all the aircraft’s in-flight entertainment and cabin lighting components, including PGA’s own on-demand audio and video.
CMC Electronics (Booth No. 7433) unveiled the third generation of its SureSight enhanced-vision system (EVS) at a press conference on Monday. The CMA-2700 features next-generation digital signal processing, a high-resolution 640- by 512-pixel focal plane array and has level-B certification to DO-178B and DO-254, the highest level yet for an integrated sensor system.
Pilatus Aircraft (Booth No. 757) unveiled its Next Generation PC-12 here at NBAA’07 yesterday. “We’ve taken a great airframe and changed almost everything from front to back,” said Thomas Hunziker, president and CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft, introducing the aircraft.
Rockwell Collins and Duncan Aviation are collaborating on another Duncan glass box avionics modification program, upgrading the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 system in the Falcon 2000 and 50EX to the Pro Line 21 system. The upgrade replaces the original Pro Line 4 7.25-inch CRT screens with 8- by 10-inch Pro Line 21 LCDs that can display features like JeppView maps and charts, XM weather and enhanced vision.