It’s not a bad idea to keep a portable GPS receiver in the flight bag just in case, but now Garmin has come out with an aviation handheld that even seasoned business aircraft pilots will want to dig out and keep on the glareshield full time.
Indicative of just how prevalent terrain-awareness avionics have become in the nearly 10 years since Honeywell (then AlliedSignal) introduced the enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS), lightplane maker Cirrus last month announced that it is including Honeywell’s KGP 560 EGPWS as standard equipment in the SR 20 and SR 22 piston singles.
With all the recent talk about airline passengers surfing the Web from the comfort of their seats (and perhaps at some point in the future even being permitted to place cellphone calls in flight), broadband satellite communication services for the aeronautical market appear positioned for significant growth. But there’s another positive side note to the story, and it directly affects many business aircraft operators.
The FAA’s grandiose agenda to streamline operations in congested U.S. airspace is causing headaches for business jet operators with flight management systems (FMS) that do not calculate position to new Rnav standards due out this month.
As part of an effort to consolidate its engine, avionics and brake and wheel divisions with the aim of improving product support and customer service, Honeywell Aerospace has appointed Adrian Paull v-p of customer and product support.
Executive Aircraft Completions, a Tulsa, Okla.-based interior design and engineering firm, has acquired Avhar Services of San Antonio. Renamed Executive Aircraft Completions-San Antonio, the company will continue to operate from its current facilities for the time being.
Bell Helicopter has selected a variety of Honeywell avionics for its light-twin Model 429, highlighted by the new solid-state KSG-7200 air-data attitude heading reference system (ADAHRS). Derived from Honeywell air transport and business jet technology, the system features miniaturized electromechanical sensors (MEMS) rather than legacy spinning gyros and accelerometers.
Honeywell has chosen Heli-Expo’06 to announce plans to manufacture an FAA-certified 1,800-shp version of the military T53 turboshaft engine for the Bell 210.
Honeywell announced that its HTS900 turboshaft engine, yet to be certified, is already getting an upgrade. The engine has been fitted with a new dual-centrifugal compressor that Honeywell said provides increased thermodynamic power capability and reduced fuel consumption, and at the same time allows for future engine growth within the same engine footprint.
Helicopters are expensive because the components that make up a helicopter are costly. But when it comes to replacing some components there are alternatives that can ease the financial pain. Bearing Inspection (Booth No. 1397) is here to explain to helicopter operators how they can save money on the replacement of expensive high-precision helicopter bearings, especially those used in rotorcraft transmissions.