Mitsubishi Heavy Industries last month received board authority to offer to potential customers the proposed MRJ regional jets, powered by an engine line known as the Geared Turbofan under development by Pratt & Whitney. Mitsubishi has begun formal talks about possible collaboration with Boeing on the project, scheduled for industrial launch by the end of March.
Chelton Flight Systems’ air data and attitude heading reference system (ADAHRS) has been added as an approved sensor on the FlightLogic EFIS supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Bell 206 and 407. Chelton’s ADAHRS is designed for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. The system interprets information from the pitot-static system and an outside air temperature probe to generate altitude, vertical speed, airspeed and air temperature.
CMC Electronics showcased its new CMA-9000 flight management system (FMS), which also includes radio management. “The -9000 is a derivative of both the -3000, a helicopter cockpit product, and the airline-oriented -900,” FMS program manager Martin Richard explained. It features several search-and-rescue functions, including programmable moving waypoints.
Turbomeca has broken ground for its future research, development and manufacturing facility in Bordes, southwest France. The facility, built
to bring design and production teams closer together, will house 600 employees. Construction started in mid-September and should last until late next year or early 2009.
The Federal Communications Commission has said it won’t continue exploring the feasibility of allowing passengers to use their personal cellphones to make calls in flight, basing its decision on concerns raised by cellular providers over possible airborne interference with ground networks.
Landmark Aviation last month said it has received an STC to install the Rockwell Collins Integrated Flight Information System (IFIS) in the Hawker 800XP/850XP. The IFIS file server gives pilots access to charts, airport diagrams, notams and other electronic information. The system can be installed as a single or dual server with an optional XM weather receiver.
Rockwell Collins has introduced cabin management controls that will let passengers connect their iPods to the airplane’s in-flight entertainment system. The iPod Solo and Quad stations provide access to iPod music and video libraries through the cabin audiovisual system. As their names imply, the Solo station provides a dock for one iPod or iPhone and the Quad unit slots for as many as four.
The National Weather Service has awarded a team led by L-3 Enterprise IT Solutions a $43 million contract to upgrade Nexrad radar sites. Consisting of 171 weather radars positioned across the U.S. and a handful overseas, the sites collect data on local weather phenomena, which are then used to predict convective activity.
The FAA last month said it is expanding GPS WAAS coverage into Canada and Mexico by adding nine new wide-area augmentation system ground stations in places such as Goose Bay and San Jose del Cabo. The FAA has published about 900 LPV (localizer performance with vertical guidance) approaches in the U.S.
When Rockwell Collins introduced the Pro Line 21 integrated avionics system in 1996, the company proclaimed voice recognition would play a significant role in the avionics’ so-called man-machine interface. More than 10 years later the use of voice recognition in civil aviation has yet to emerge as a viable technology, but that could be about to change with the introduction of Pro Line Fusion.