Installation centers anticipating extra demand nearer the start of the March 29, 2005, mandate for terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) in the existing turbine fleet are advising operators to purchase and install the equipment sooner rather than holding off until shop schedules start filling up.
Rockwell Collins received certification for a retrofit of its Pro Line 21 avionics suite in the Challenger 601. The installation features four 8- by 10-in. displays, an integrated flight control system, triple FMS, attitude heading reference system, TCAS, turbulence-detection weather radar and radio sensors. According to Collins, the retrofit reduces aircraft empty weight by 325 lb.
Honeywell is on the verge of gaining FAA certification approval for retrofit versions of its Primus Epic integrated avionics suite. Targeting older medium and heavy business jets, Primus Epic CDS/R (control display system/retrofit) has been developed to transform steam-gauge-driven dinosaurs into state-of-the-art hot rods capable of meeting airspace operating requirements for the next decade or more.
In a down economy it usually makes sense to focus on the finer details of running a business. Instead of pipe wrenches, avionics installers are using Allen keys to strengthen and fine tune their strategies, relying, for example, on new and pending FAA regulations for RVSM, TAWS and ELTs to help propel them through the slowdown.
The maiden flight of Bombardier’s super-midsize Continental on August 14 marked the debut of a reconfigured version of Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 21 integrated avionics system with large-format active-matrix displays. The Continental’s flight-deck layout includes four 12- by 10-in. liquid crystal flight displays, consolidated control panels, TCAS II and terrain awareness warning system as standard equipment.
Honeywell’s legal dispute with ACSS over EGPWS patents may be on its way to a private arbitrator instead of a courtroom, if the sides can agree on terms.
It may be easier to list what is not included in this avionics package for Cessna Caravan turboprop singles from J.A. Air Center, based at DuPage Airport (DPA) in West Chicago, Ill. The stack is topped with Garmin equipment, including the GMA 340 audio panel with marker beacon receiver and intercom, a pair of GNS 530 integrated nav/com/GPS/color maps and dual GTX 327 digital transponders.
The parallels that Howard Reisman sees between himself and John F. Kennedy Jr. continue to haunt the 57-year-old software designer more than three years after Kennedy’s Piper Saratoga II piston single crashed on a dark and hazy summer night off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
Phoenix-based Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) has been named the standard TCAS supplier for Dassault’s in-development Falcon 7X, a 5,700-nm trijet, which the French firm plans to fly for the first time in 2005. Owned jointly by L-3 Communications of New York and Thales of Paris, ACSS builds a number of surveillance products that Honeywell was forced to divest after its merger with AlliedSignal.
Thales Avionics has threatened legal reprisals against Honeywell unless the U.S. avionics and engines giant drops a patent-infringement lawsuit against Phoenix-based Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), a maker of terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS), TCAS and mode-S transponders, jointly owned by Thales and L-3 Communications.