Midcoast Aviation in East Cahokia, Ill., is offering customers BlackBerry connectivity. The company, based at St. Louis Downtown Airport, has already installed equipment to allow in-flight BlackBerry use in a Gulfstream IV and two Bombardier Global Expresses.
Mxi Technologies has announced that Teknik Servis Sanayi Ticaret (myTechnic), a start-up MRO facility in Turkey, has selected the Maintenix maintenance management software. MyTechnic is located on the Sabiha Gokcen Airport on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Researchers at the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Purdue’s Discovery Park and at the Sadeghi mechanical engineering laboratory have developed tiny wireless sensors resilient enough to survive the harsh conditions inside jet engines.
Securaplane recently announced that CRS Jet Spares, a Securaplane mainship and emergency battery line distributor, has sold its 20,000th mainship battery. Securaplane emergency battery systems use Hawker sealed lead acid batteries instead of nicads and are either original or approved replacement equipment for most business jets.
French avionics maker Thales is in Toulouse developing an all-new flight deck for the ATR -600 series–the newly launched pair of upgrades to the now Honeywell-equipped ATR 42-500 and 72-500 regional turboprops. The new avionics suite features five 6- by 8-inch LCD displays and overall lighter hardware.
Max-Viz said it has gained an STC permitting installations of the company’s EVS-1000 infrared enhanced-vision system series in the Cessna Citation 500 through 560XL. Max-Viz president Jim Tuttle said the EVS image can be shown on a variety of cockpit displays, including the flat-panel units from Innovative Solutions & Support that Cessna has selected for a Citation cockpit upgrade program.
China’s Air Traffic Management Bureau has selected Sensis to deploy automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) equipment at two airports in central China. The ground sites at Chengdu Shuangliu International and Jiuzhai Huanglong Airports will mark the country’s first formal trial of 1090 ADS-B technology for use by commercial aircraft. China eventually plans to roll out a nationwide network of ADS-B sites.
Rockwell Collins last month said Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has selected the company’s Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, a proposed 70- to 90-seat airliner targeted for certification in 2012 assuming the project gets the go-ahead. Pro Line Fusion features 15-inch-diagonal LCD flight displays and will include optional capabilities for enhanced and synthetic vision.
Honeywell last month announced it has joined two European technology research programs, one intended to improve air traffic flow management across the continent and the other aimed at developing low-cost flight controls for light airplanes.
Garmin last month said it has gained its first STC covering installation of a retrofit version of the G1000 avionics system. Approved in the King Air C90A/GT, the G1000 suite integrates primary flight information, navigation data, communications, terrain awareness, traffic, weather and engine instruments on a 15-inch-diagonal multifunction display and two 10.4-inch primary flight displays.