Intercontinental Jet Services is in the process of certifying a Sagem glass cockpit as part of the Limited Edition (LE) refurbishment package for the Mitsubishi MU-2-40 and 60 turboprops. Intercontinental Jet (Booth No. 2932) expects supplemental type certificate approval later this year.
Traffic Collision Avoidance System
Rockwell Collins introduced a Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 upgrade for the Falcon 2000 that replaces the airplane’s original CRT screens with a suite of four 8- by 10-inch LCDs.
The upgrade adds capabilities for XM satellite weather, electronic charts, enhanced display of TAWS, radar, TCAS and EVS, improved moving maps and Waas LPV approach capability.
Columbia Avionics in Columbia, Mo., has completed an avionics modernization program in a Cessna Citation 650 for Chile’s civil aviation department. The upgrade included a three-display retrofit with Universal Avionics EFI-890R displays, Vision 1 synthetic-vision system, terrain awareness and warning system, flight management systems, TCAS II and group RVSM approval. The upgrade also included an application server unit and radio control units.
SimCom Training Centers has added Falcon 20 and Westwind II full-flight simulators and a King Air 350 Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 flight-training device to its menu of training programs. The two level-C simulators and the FTD will be located here in Orlando.
ACSS, the Phoenix-based surveillance and reconnaissance technology division of L-3 Communications (Booth No. 4000), is at NBAA’09 showcasing a number of new developments. These include new TCAS II traffic and collision avoidance system software, selection of its latest TCAS II system by Embraer, enhanced terrain avoidance warning system (TAWS) functionality and progress in its SafeRoute terminal area guidance program.
Sandel Avionics of Vista, Calif., has begun pre-certification flight testing of a helicopter-specific terrain avoidance warning system based on its fixed-wing class-A TAWS. The system, HTAWS, will meet or exceed performance for any current class-B TAWS for helicopters, company founder and president Gerry Block told NBAA Convention News. Initial flight testing is taking place at San Diego’s Montgomery Field using a Eurocopter AS 350B2 AStar.
On a Sept. 15, 2006 flight from Alicante, Spain, to Bristol, England, the captain of an Airbus A319 lost all his displays, auto-pilot and autothrust over Nantes, France. He handed control over to the copilot, who had all his displays, except the flight director, and would need to hand-fly using raw data. The commander tried to make contact with Brest Control using all radio facilities, but with no success.
Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) is readying a software update for the Phoenix company’s TCAS II and TCAS 2000 traffic alert and collision avoidance systems to fix two potentially serious problems in the way the technology warns pilots of traffic threats.
Holland’s recent experience with the consequences of requiring all aircraft to be equipped with mode-S transponders may prompt a revision of similar rules by other national aviation authorities.
Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) told AIN it is readying a software update for the Phoenix company’s TCAS II and TCAS 2000 traffic alert and collision avoidance systems to fix two potentially serious problems in the way the technology warns pilots of traffic threats.