Universal Avionics Systems Corp. of Tucson, Ariz., announced that Charles Edmondson, one of the founders of the company along with the late Hubert Naimer, has retired. The two men founded the company in Torrance, Calif., in 1980. As executive vice president, Edmondson had responsibility for Universal Avionics’ worldwide operations. More recently, he served as senior corporate vice president and as a member of the board of directors.
Bombardier is bringing Rockwell Collins’ new Pro Line Fusion cockpit to the Global Express XRS and 5000 as long-overdue replacements for the airplanes’ Honeywell Primus 2000XP avionics. Migrating from six CRT screens to four large-format LCDs will allow Bombardier to add synthetic vision, enhanced vision, electronic charting and other advanced capabilities to its top-of-the line models.
Since launching the Zing engine data-gathering service at last year’s NBAA Convention, Honeywell has been testing the system in a select group of customer airplanes in preparation for its official rollout. Zing eliminates the need for a mechanic to plug a laptop computer into an airplane to download engine operating data. It instead allows wireless transmission of engine information by tapping into the existing GSM/GPRS cellphone network.
Honeywell has launched a review of its customer service activities in an effort aimed at streamlining the number of ways customers can reach product support phone lines.
Before the overhaul, Honeywell had no fewer than 270 different ways for customers to call for help including hot lines and toll-free numbers. Those have been consolidated into one line that uses a system known as intelligent call routing, the company said.
Deliveries of the new WSI InFlight AV-300 series datalink weather systems began earlier this month, following their introduction and demonstrations at EAA AirVenture 2007 in July.
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German firm QEST (Booth No. 4672) is here at NBAA presenting its line of compact satellite communications antennas with new superconducting sensor and micro-cooling technology. The company said the antennas offer about twice the performance of existing models at half the size.
Honeywell will discuss the status of much of its product line, from engines and APUs to avionics, this afternoon and again tomorrow morning in a series of maintenance and operations sessions. A general session introducing the theme “Engage Honeywell for Service” will begin at 1 p.m.
Garmin edged out Universal Avionics for the top spot in this year’s avionics product support survey, finishing in first place in five of seven categories, including overall product reliability. But Universal kept it a close race by winning two categories and finishing in second place in four others.
A hardware issue with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite has forced at least two airplane manufacturers to halt production temporarily as the avionics manufacturer hastens to fix the issue. According to a Garmin spokeswoman, there has been a noticeable increase in failures for the component that controls attitude and heading reference information.