Universal Avionics of Tucson, Ariz., has been quietly strengthening its foothold in the cockpit retrofit market, branching out with a variety of available upgrades based on the company’s flat-panel display technology.
Organic light-emitting diodes (OLED), a revolutionary new technology being applied to the production of commercial flat-panel displays, took center stage at last month’s Society for Information Display conference and exhibition (SID 2002), held in Boston from May 20 to 24. Toshiba impressed showgoers by unveiling a full-color, 17-in.
The typical business airplane at different points in its lifetime will receive overhauled engines, a refurbished interior and more than a few coats of fresh paint, along with a host of required periodic maintenance checks and upgrades, all of which constitute the obligatory costs of operating a business jet or turboprop.
Honeywell introduced an enhanced digital audio equalizer for the business jet cabin. As part of Honeywell’s Ovation integrated cabin system, the equalizer balances music and movie audio to provide better sound in high ambient noise environments. The equalizer offers 10 factory-programmable presets, including jazz, rock, movie and concert.
Rockwell Collins has received FAA supplemental type certification and parts manufacturing authority (PMA) for its Airshow 4000 moving-map and flight-information system. The certification was completed on a Gulfstream 400. Airshow 4000 is capable of supporting various multimedia applications, video, audio, text and graphics, which are displayed in the aircraft cabin and flight deck.
Arinc has introduced an electronic flight bag (EFB) for pilots that is notable for its ease of use, handy size and a price that the Annapolis, Md. company hopes will entice corporate flight departments seeking to move away from paper charts.
Weather data specialist Meteorlogix is stepping up efforts to get its line of aviation-related products out in front of corporate pilots. As the biggest provider of weather services to the airlines, the company already has a foothold in aviation, yet it admits that its name is not as well known in business aviation circles as that of its nearest competitor, WSI of Andover, Mass.
In an effort to streamline its GPS/navcom product line, Garmin will rename the CNX80 navigator the GNS 480, according to a spokesman. The new designation positions the panel-mount unit between Garmin’s GNS 430 and GNS 530 products, more than 41,000 of which are flying in various GA aircraft around the world.
With all the recent talk about glass cockpits migrating to light airplanes, it has been an exciting 12 months not only for GA pilots and aviation enthusiasts, but also for avionics installers. The Aircraft Electronics Association’s annual convention was awash in news and unconfirmed talk of new products from the major avionics manufacturers, with much of the attention focused on Garmin and Avidyne, makers of low-end glass cockpits.
Duncan Aviation recently received FAA approval and Honeywell authorization to perform major periodic inspections (MPIs) on the TFE731-20/40/60 turbofan engine. The Lincoln, Neb., company has for more than 20 years been a Honeywell-authorized major service center providing MPIs on the TFE731-2/3/4/5 engines.