Over the last month-and-a-half Honeywell has been giving the trade and general press firsthand demos of the most recent version of its developmental synthetic-vision system (SVS) about to start serious flight trials with Gulfstream in the G550. AIN was among the first group of journalists offered the chance to try out the technology, on a night flight in mid-September in the avionics maker’s Citation V test airplane.
On the eve of NBAA 2006, Honeywell made it official that it is developing technology and hardware toward launch of a 10,000-pound-thrust turbofan engine for super-midsize to large business jets.
Pilatus chose Honeywell’s Sunday evening media event to announce a Next Generation PC-12 featuring a more powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada turboprop engine and a four-tube Honeywell Apex integrated avionics suite.
Telex Communications, a long-time provider of commercial aviation headsets, has a new product that offers battery-free active noise reduction (ANR). The Airman 850, being demonstrated at Booth No. 2106, is the only headset on the commercial market to use voltage from microphone bias to power its active noise reduction technology and requires no special aircraft panel power.
Light-emitting diodes (LED) as the backlighting source for glass avionics? Thanks to a patented design from Sandel Avionics, that’s precisely what the Vista, Calif. avionics maker is introducing here this week.
A Defense Department study published recently said that under the right circumstances windmill farms used to generate electricity have the potential to degrade the tracking capabilities of ATC radar. The study doesn’t cite any examples of this happening outside of flight tests done in the UK but recommends that more studies be conducted.
The HondaJet officially went on sale at last month’s NBAA Convention in Orlando, racking up orders for “more than” 100 airplanes by the end of the three-day event.
Charles Lindbergh knew it, and every pilot who has come after him has known it, too: if only there were some way of seeing through the clouds, of turning a black night into a sunshiny day, flying would be a far simpler, and by extension safer, endeavor.
TIMCO Aviation Services has been named a member of the first Airbus maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) network. The Greensboro, N.C. MRO is the only U.S.-owned and -operated company in the network and joins three others located in Macon, Ga.; Lake City, Fla.; and Goodyear, Ariz.