Technology

November 5, 2007 - 8:56am

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.

November 5, 2007 - 8:34am

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.

November 5, 2007 - 8:24am

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.

November 5, 2007 - 7:37am

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.

November 5, 2007 - 6:33am

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.

November 5, 2007 - 6:32am

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.

November 5, 2007 - 6:30am

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.

November 5, 2007 - 6:28am

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.

November 5, 2007 - 6:26am

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.

November 5, 2007 - 6:24am

Rockwell Collins is applying years of flight-test research to its new Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system by combining computer-generated synthetic scenes with infrared enhanced-vision views on the primary flight displays and HUD. The goal, the company proclaims, is to give business jet crews the ability to “go anywhere, anytime.”

 
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