Head-up display manufacturer Flight Dynamics, a division of Rockwell Collins, outlined its future technology strategy to AIN during a recent visit to the company’s Portland, Ore., facility.
Matsushita Avionics Systems, a supplier of in-flight entertainment equipment to airlines, is getting into the business aviation market with a new cabin product called eFX. Introduced at last month’s NBAA Convention, eFX is designed to bring to business jets digital audio and video technology that is just as durable as IFE systems built for airliners.
An enhancement to Honeywell’s Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) that aids pilots at unfamiliar airports in reduced visibility will be a factory option on most EGPWS-equipped Cessna Citations.
For business jet operators on a budget, Rockwell Collins has introduced IDS-3000, an integrated display retrofit package that includes active-matrix LCDs, sensors and software, but not the high price of a complete Pro Line 21 Continuum cockpit upgrade.
Rival avionics manufacturers are about to get their day in court. Jury selection in the patent trial involving Honeywell and competing makers of terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) began October 31 in Wilmington, Del., and will be followed by opening arguments in the case starting on November 3.
Universal Avionics last month said it received an STC allowing installations of the company’s line of WAAS-capable FMS units in the Bombardier Challenger 600, 601 and 601-3R. Universal’s line of WAAS-ready flight management systems includes the UNS-1Lw, UNS-1Ew, UNS-1Espw and UNS-1Fw.
Operators of the TFE731, TPE331 and
Honeywell 36-series APU now have another choice for maintenance in a deal that forms a new authorized service center.
Quest Aircraft recently delivered the second Kodiak turboprop single to come off the production line to Spokane Turbine Center. The new owner will offer flight andmaintenance training for the Kodiak, as well as for the airplane’s Garmin G1000 avionics and Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine, for the mission aviation community, aviation students and humanitarian organizations.
A Lufthansa Boeing 737 recently became the first aircraft to use Mode S capability to transmit its radar identification (flight ID), without the use of secondary surveillance radar (SSR) code. Rod Marten, who oversees mode-S operations at Eurocontrol, said that air traffic controllers typically assign a four-digit SSR code to a target on the radar screen then manually correlate the aircraft information with the electronic flight plan data.
UK helicopter service company Sterling Aviation took delivery of Honeywell’s Sentinel navigation system for its Eurocopter BK 117 fleet, and the initial response from operational crews is “very encouraging,” according to Sterling Aviation managing director Gerry Hermer. Sterling Aviation operates the East Anglian Air Ambulance service.