Flight Display Systems (Booth 700), based in Alpharetta, Ga., is showcasing six new products at the AEA gathering this year. Smart Cabin CMS combines control of cabin management, in-flight entertainment and wireless connectivity, allowing passengers to use their own personal electronic device to control HD video equipment, cabin lighting, audio and more.
Some of my favorite new and old television series are available on disc, which means they can be watched in flight. This alphabetical list of 15 recommended DVD and Blu-ray sets includes something for everyone—comedies, dramas, cop shows, even a couple of documentaries. What they have in common is quality.
Eric Wolff is pleased with his company Airwolf’s timeline for delivering on its promise of aftermarket life-limited PMA parts for Bell 204, 205, 212, UH-1 and Enstrom 480 helicopters by the end of the summer. But Airwolf (Booth No. 3513) had a bit more news at this year’s Heli-Expo. According to Wolff, the company will be the OEM supplier of TT straps for the Enstrom 480 by year-end, as well.
Designed to DO-160 standards, the Applied Video Imaging (Booth No. 3406) DVI/HDMI to 3G-SDI converter unit is a rugged box plumbed to make it quick and simple for crew to bring mission-critical portable devices onboard helicopters for airborne surveillance and SAR missions. The converter is designed for use in airborne, ground and marine law-enforcement and defense surveillance applications. Based on industry standards, it can be used with any SDI display or system.
Tiger Tugs Helicopter Transport’s newest helicopter mover–the Model 12.0–can handle helicopters weighing up to 12,000 pounds. The Model 12.0 is ideal for handling aircraft such as the Bell 212 and 412 safely and easily, according to the Bend, Ore.-based company.
Tiger Tugs (Booth No. 7616) claims to have developed a new concept for moving helicopters safely and efficiently. “We took a fresh look at the tug market, interviewed users of other tugs, then set out to design a safer and easier-to-use vehicle,” the company explained.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) placed an order late last week for four Bell 429 light twins to replace the four AgustaWestland AW119 singles that it has flown since 2004. As of 2012, the department’s AW119 fleet had amassed 20,000 hours. The NYPD already operates three Bell 412EPs in various special missions, including counter-terrorism. Deliveries of the four new Bell 429s are expected to be completed next year. The NYPD air unit was founded in 1948 with one Bell 47.
HeliMedia was at Helitech displaying its video mission box (VMB), a portable unit able to transmit live video over more than 100 nm thanks to microwave technology. For example, an Italian operator, Helica, has connected it to a full-HD 1080p camera.
Inside the helicopter, the VMB replaces one seat, using existing mounting points. It is easily transferrable from one aircraft to another, explained Steve Watson, business development manager of the Cheltenham, UK-based company. With two technicians the process takes approximately two hours, he estimated.
Prominently on display at Aerial View Systems’ exhibit at NBAA 2013 (Booth No. 5525) is its new AVS820-HD tail camera, which is also featured here at the show on Gulfstream’s G280 demonstrator.
Bordeaux-based Otonomy Aviation (Booth 1826) is displaying its CamHD 1080 line of high-definition digital airborne cameras at EBACE. The company’s HD cameras, which can be tail or belly mounted, recently completed DO160 lightning-strike certification, including direct strikes.
ViaSat’s Exede Internet consumer broadband service is expanding to the airline sector, and sources at the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company say it is considering providing Exede to business aviation, though no plans have been announced yet.
At AIX, ViaSat announced it had set Guinness world records for the highest-capacity satellite, allowing 100 times the capacity of a typical Ku-band satellite and 10 times the throughput of any Ka-band satellite launched before ViaSat-1.
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