Technology

January 9, 2008 - 5:21am

Honeywell has introduced a new low-cost multifunction display that brings to non-radar-equipped piston aircraft the functionality of the company’s Bendix/King integrated hazard awareness system (IHAS). The KMD 250 measures just three inches high and features a color active-matrix LCD capable of interfacing with a variety of safety avionics.

January 9, 2008 - 5:19am

Following the wide acceptance of portable cockpit computers (even by the FAA), there comes news of wearable hardware for aircraft maintenance personnel and pilots. Aviation Automation, a startup company based in Arlington, Texas, offers a line of portable computers and electronic flight bags (EFBs) that can be secured to the user’s hip and connected to tiny head-mounted displays.

January 9, 2008 - 5:16am

A five-display upgrade for the Falcon 50 has been STC’d, according to Universal Avionics, developer of the retrofit package.

January 8, 2008 - 11:26am

Dassault has selected a new, smaller version of the Rockwell Collins Flight Dynamics HGS 4000 head-up display as an option for the Falcon 7X. The 7X HGS will provide a wider field of view and larger glass for better viewing during crosswind landings and circling approaches, said Rockwell Collins.

January 8, 2008 - 6:00am

Future transport aircraft will have to meet a revised reference stall speed. Effective with type certificate applications filed after December 26, the reference stall speed is redefined as a speed not less than the 1g stall speed instead of the minimum speed obtained in a stalling maneuver.

January 7, 2008 - 10:49am

Effective January 1, newly manufactured European-registered airplanes in air-taxi and other commercial operations and having an mtow of at least 12,500 lb or more than nine passenger seats (but fewer than 30) must be equipped with class-A terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS). A requirement for TAWS retrofits on like aircraft manufactured before January 1 doesn’t go into effect until Jan. 1, 2005.

January 7, 2008 - 10:48am

Effective January 1, newly manufactured European-registered airplanes in air-taxi and other commercial operations and having an mtow of at least 12,500 lb or more than nine passenger seats (but fewer than 30) must be equipped with class-A terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS). A requirement for TAWS retrofits on like aircraft manufactured before January 1 doesn’t go into effect until Jan. 1, 2005.

January 7, 2008 - 10:07am

Raytheon Aircraft completed preliminary flight tests last month toward reducing the Premier I balanced field length by up to 300 ft. Final flight testing is planned for the second quarter, with completion scheduled for summer. Separately, the data from four individual aircraft that have received RVSM approval is being used to obtain group approval, scheduled to be introduced in production aircraft with Premier No.

January 7, 2008 - 9:46am

Baker Electronics has introduced aviation’s first 30-in. flat-screen LCD monitor. A spokesman for the Sarasota, Fla. company said the 25-lb monitor not only weighs about 55 lb less than a comparable gas plasma monitor, but consumes less power and requires no additional depth for cooling. It also produces no electromagnetic interference.

January 4, 2008 - 5:37am

Just when you think everything that can be done with the basic SEI Industries Bambi bucket  has been done, the Delta, British Columbia, Canada-based company comes up with some surprises. For those who don’t know, the Bambi Bucket is the water-dropping device of choice among airborne firefighters, especially when it comes to plonking large amounts of water or other flame retardant precisely onto forest blazes.

 
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