Garmin has devised a stand-alone automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system that satisfies global ADS-B requirements, yet leverages existing avionics equipment to alleviate the need for expensive flight management system and cockpit display upgrades.
Rosen Sunvisor Systems of Eugene, Ore., is showcasing its next-generation, five-axis Arc sunvisor system here at NBAA 2014. The newly designed Arc sunvisor provides stable glare reduction in multiple directions and features flexible mounting configurations suitable on both airplanes and helicopters.
The Arc can be placed to cover the side, front and overhead windows using monorail and static mounts, according to Rosen (Booth 3060).
Lighting specialist Luma Technologies introduced two new products aimed at the Beechcraft King Air family. Having developed its Lumatech series of LED-based caution/warning annunciator panels to meet the needs of 200- and 300-series King Airs, Luma has introduced a 45-station variant for the King Air C90. In conjunction with the Lumatech series, the company has also developed LED-based glareshield floodlights. The lights are available with three- or five-light bar assemblies that can “daisy-chain” using simple connectors and plug into existing power and control connections.
RocketRoute and Aircraft Performance Group (APG) have partnered to offer APG’s runway performance data as part of the RocketRoute flight-planning system. APG has been providing aircraft takeoff/landing and engine-out performance data since 1999. By adding APG data to the RocketRoute system, detailed runway analysis can be accessed directly on the flightdeck, which is especially useful when operating to and from short fields and those at high altitudes. APG’s data also provides tailored engine-out procedures and allows in-flight appraisal of potential diversion airfields.
Safe Flight Instrument of White Plains, N.Y., has developed an aircraft-based icing conditions detector (ICD) system using a combination of optical detection and a shielded temperature probe. The optical system uses an LED, a prism and an infrared sensor to detect the presence of moisture in the air.
Securaplane has grouped its lithium-ion battery technology under the “System Lithium” brand. Typically, such batteries weigh about half the weight of a traditional sealed lead-acid or nickel-cadmium battery, and in a large aircraft can save up to 200 pounds. Rather than being a single, sealed unit, the company’s lithium-iron phosphate batteries typically comprise clusters of low-power, smartphone-style cells packaged in a unit with advanced electronic cell management and health monitoring, with each cell surrounded by several layers of short-circuit protection.
SmartSky Networks is launching an airborne 4G LTE-based network, SmartSky, which will serve both business aviation and the airlines starting in 2016. According to the Melbourne, Fla.-based company, SmartSky will provide more than 10 times the typical speed and capacity of networks currently on the market by using 60 MHz of spectrum for its air-to-ground (ATG) data communications.
Aviation industry credit card transaction processor U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation has partnered with aviation software developer Vessix to launch a new cloud-based business solution system for FBO operators. The two companies (co-exhibiting at Booth 1624) have unveiled the subscription-based Vessix platform, which has been under development for the past two-and-a-half years and can provide secure transactions with customer credit and fuel cards.
Yesterday at NBAA Pratt & Whitney Canada lifted the veil on its 16,000-pound-class PW800 engine, which has been selected to power the new Gulfstream G500 and G600 large-cabin business jets, thus finding a new application for its PurePower family. The engine manufacturer (Booth 3240) said that the PurePower engine brings major improvements in fuel burn and maintainability. The program is well advanced, as certification of the new turbofan is expected by year-end.
Moments after the pilot lifted the Bell 206 JetRanger into a hover on a flight many years ago, I choked back a gasp and found myself almost frozen, unable to key the intercom mic button as a spiderweb of powerlines suddenly manifested themselves in front of the helicopter. All I had time to do was quickly point out the front windshield at the power lines, which neither of us had seen when we landed nor during the two hours we had hung around waiting for our passenger to return in a relatively remote location next to a river.