Danish software house Air Support has rebuilt its Preflight Planning System (PPS) to run on a Windows-based menu system. The change means that the program can interface more readily with any related flight-planning software or services, such as the runway analysis data system from the Aircraft Performance Group from Castle Rock, Colo. The latest version of PPS will also be compatible with Microsoft’s new Longhorn system.
The proposed Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system for NATO was scaled back when program officials quietly dropped plans to convert four Airbus A321 airliners after deeming it too expensive. NATO also cancelled development of the Transatlantic Cooperative AGS Radar (TCAR), which would have been the main airborne sensor for the AGS.
Safe Flight Instrument last month announced it has gained approval for a low-airspeed awareness (LAA) display as part of the angle-of-attack (AOA) computer system used in the EFI-890R retrofit cockpit in a Challenger 601-3A. The retrofit avionics system, developed by Universal Avionics of Tucson, Ariz., presents LAA warnings alongside TAWS, TCAS, weather, navigation and other flight information on four 8- by 9-inch displays.
The Garmin GNS 480 all-in-one GPS/navcom is now approved for primary-means WAAS navigation and localizer precision with vertical guidance (LPV) approaches. According to Garmin, pilots flying with the $11,995 unit will be able to make “ILS-like” approaches into thousands of U.S. airports not served by ILS once the FAA implements LPV procedures.
Cabin systems supplier Intheairnet is out to prove that it can be both naughty and nice with the introduction last month of the Network and Wireless Technology Including Ethernet (Nawtie) system. The cheeky acronym takes a subtle swipe at the rival Nice (Network Integrated Cabin Equipment) system Lufthansa Technik recently introduced.
L-3 Communications Avionics Systems last month announced TSO approval for the Model 8100 terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS), clearing the way for deliveries of the $12,500 unit. The class-B system differentiates itself from other TAWS units on the market by including a remote WAAS GPS receiver, used for deriving position and altitude.
Prices of another 2,700 Gulfstream spare parts have been cut as of late last month. This is in addition to the 7,000 parts for which Gulfstream has already lowered prices since April 2002. The new price reductions apply to parts such as tires, wheels, washers, light bulbs, actuators, windows and windshields. Gulfstream includes a one year/1,000-hour warranty on all parts.
“Can you hear me now?” might soon become as familiar a refrain to airborne satcom users as it is to those earthbound customers who use Verizon. The company is now a service provider for the Iridium satcom program. The arrangement, said Iridium, means Verizon Airfone operators and their passengers will be able to make calls regardless of where the aircraft is flying.
Pilatus Aircraft in Broomfield, Colo., reports that the FAA has certified an avionics package that enables the PC-12 turboprop single to meet the RVSM requirements that will expand to North America and South America on January 20. Included in the package are two Honeywell AM-250 altimeters coupled to the altitude pre-selector and a dual pitot-static system. An RVSM system upgrade is also available for existing PC-12s.
Utica, N.Y.-based JetNet has purchased Aviation Data Service in Wichita, bonding two companies that track business aviation aircraft ownership, fleet status and sales transactions. Both companies will continue to operate independently. Established in 1988, JetNet provides market research tools to dealers, brokers and the financial industry.