Erickson Air-Crane is giving its star heavy lifter, the S-64 Aircrane, a makeover. The company is gradually retrofitting the 19 aircraft in its fleet with new-generation cockpit displays, attitude/heading reference systems (AHRS) and three-axis autopilots.
With more exhibitor space reserved at this stage than ever before, the 11th biennial Helitech, due to take place at England’s historic Imperial War Museum in Duxford next September 27 to 29, could soon be a sellout.
At the NBAA Convention last month, EMS Technologies announced that it will begin delivering its new four-channel HSD-400 satcom data terminal early next year. The product initially will support four channels of Inmarsat Swift64 and, according to the Ottawa, Canada-based company, can be upgraded to handle SwiftBroadband (formerly BGAN) service when Inmarsat launches its new I4 satellites in early 2006.
It took several years for the U.S. and the European Union to reach agreement about satellite navigation systems, but the cooperation agreement the parties signed in June that paves the way for the Galileo and GPS satellite navigation systems should be beneficial to both sides, and to aviation worldwide.
Chelton Satcom last month announced the signing of supplier contracts to provide high-speed-data equipment as customer options for the Embraer Legacy and Gulfstream G450/550.
Lufthansa Technik has completed the first installation of an unconventional moving-map system on an Air Berlin Boeing 737 and expects to carry out the first installation on a VIP aircraft, a Europe-based Boeing Business Jet, early next year.
Gulfstream announced that it has received an STC for the installation of its Broad Band Multi-Link (BBML) high-speed Internet connection, giving buyers another choice for airborne access to the Web.
At NBAA’04 last month 3M Aerospace introduced the 900AST (advance systems tester), a handheld unit used for checking for faults in avionics wiring. The tester can pinpoint open, short and intermittent faults, providing maintenance technicians the location of the problem on the unit’s display. The 900AST includes an infrared port for uploading test results to a PC and built-in internal help menus.
An integrated class-3 electronic flight bag developed by Boeing for airliners will now be offered for retrofit in the Boeing Business Jet and BBJ2.
Innovative Solutions & Support has introduced a new RVSM product package that will support one-off certifications for aircraft operators that must pursue nongroup approval. The RVSM-compliant integrated air-data display system (IADDS) consists of an air-data display unit (ADDU) and an installation configuration module (ICM) that can be installed in a wide variety of aircraft, the company said.