A federal jury rejected a claim by Honeywell that Sandel Avionics of Vista, Calif., violated its patents, ending more than six years of legal battles over terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) technology. The jury at the Delaware Federal Court in Wilmington deliberated for about five hours before deciding last Friday that Sandel did not infringe Honeywell patents for the latter’s enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS).
Terrain awareness and warning system
Lawyers for Universal Avionics, Sandel and Honeywell are scheduled to return to a Delaware federal courtroom this month in the companies’ long-running dispute over terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) patents.
Change is coming to the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) industry, and once the dust settles there could be fewer providers flying fewer helicopters in a more costly and highly regulated environment.
Lawyers for Universal Avionics, Sandel and Honeywell are scheduled to return to a Delaware federal courtroom next month in the long-running dispute over terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) patents. A jury trial relating to three patent infringement claims made by Honeywell in 2002 is scheduled to begin on December 1.
Earlier this week the NTSB announced that it would hold a three-day public hearing beginning February 3 to examine helicopter EMS (HEMS) accidents, and now insurers and the FAA also are taking action. Next week, executives from the top aviation insurers will convene in Dallas to discuss the issue and possible tightening of underwriting requirements.
Universal Avionics (Booth No. 4359) yesterday introduced a new cockpit voice and flight data recorder (CVFDR) with internal recorder independent power supply (RIPS). The CVFDR records up to 25 hours of flight data and 120 minutes of datalink messages.
It is impossible to ignore the role technology has played in making the art of powered, heavier-than-air flight incrementally safer for the successive generations of aviators who have laid witness to a remarkable 100-year history.
At last month’s Paris Air Show, Rockwell Collins announced certification by U.S. and Canadian authorities of the company’s Pro Line 21 cockpit in the super-midsize Bombardier Challenger 300. The flight deck contains four 12- by 10-inch LCDs and integrates a number of advanced technologies, including TCAS II and TAWS, as standard. Options include turbulence-detection weather radar and 3-D FMS navigation maps.
Sandel Avionics of Vista, Calif., this month anticipates receiving the initial TSO and STC approvals from the FAA certifying the company’s ST 3400, a self-contained terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) with integrated radio magnetic indicator (RMI).
Cessna has selected Max-Viz (Booth No. 3164) to provide its dual IR sensor-based enhanced vision system (EVS) as an option aboard the Citation X and Sovereign. The EVS-2000 will be offered beginning in 2003 on new Citation X and Sovereign aircraft, as well as a retrofit to Citation Xs already in service.