Electronic engineering

May 6, 2009 - 6:55am

Flight Display Systems is here in Geneva with two of its latest products: a Blu-ray video disc player and its Jet JukeBox for movies and music.

The U.S. company claims the video player is the first Blu-ray box specifically designed for aircraft. Users can upgrade their aircraft with the high-definition video disc player as a simple replacement unit, even if the cabin is not yet equipped with high-definition monitors.

May 6, 2009 - 6:34am

With a 99.97-percent dispatch reliability rate, Honeywell’s HTF7000 engine–which entered service in 2004–recently passed its 500,000-hour use mark.

May 5, 2009 - 5:26am

Rockwell Collins’s Airshow 4000 v2 moving map has gotten a major facelift, and the company brought in some of California’s top video game programmers to make sure designers got the new version right. The new v2 is a software upgrade, and the entirely new mapping includes some two hundred 3-D enhancements and makes use of satellite-derived topographic data from NASA.

May 1, 2009 - 10:37am

Satcom Direct last month became a distribution partner for Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband service, giving the Melbourne, Fla. satcom data reseller access to live troubleshooting and diagnostic information. The designation will help Satcom Direct engineers alleviate congestion and other network issues for business jet customers flying anywhere in the world.

April 8, 2009 - 10:15am

Counterfeiting remains a serious problem in the aerospace industry. “About 2 percent of the 26 million parts installed on aircraft worldwide are counterfeit; that’s roughly half a million parts ranging from hardware to advanced electronics equipment,” said Ben Jun, vice president of technology for Cryptography Research of San Francisco.

April 7, 2009 - 12:12pm

Rockwell Collins’s Venue cabin management system is only just finding its way into production business aircraft, but the 3-D moving-map display is already undergoing a major software upgrade. The Version 2 enhancement is “dramatic,” director of cabin systems product marketing Andrew Mohr told AIN. Entirely new mapping includes some two hundred 3-D enhancements and makes use of satellite source data from NASA.

March 27, 2009 - 10:23am

Satcom Direct, a leading retailer of satellite communications services for aviation, continues to line up deals that should ensure the Melbourne, Fla.-based company suffers few, if any, negative effects from the ailing economy.

March 27, 2009 - 10:14am

Flight Display Systems of Alpharetta, Ga., said it has started shipping the first Blu-ray DVD player developed specifically for the aircraft cabin. Capable of playing Blu-ray discs or regular DVDs, the $4,879 unit interfaces with HD monitors and Flight Display Systems’ cabin management unit and includes an infrared remote control.

March 18, 2009 - 11:11am

An aircraft maintenance technician who worked for Cessna Aircraft has been charged with one count of selling stolen aircraft parts, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Kansas District. Diego Alejandro Paz Teran allegedly tried to sell stolen aircraft parts on eBay from August 2008 to Jan. 30, 2009.

March 4, 2009 - 10:28am

Last month Honeywell designated MX Jet Service an authorized line service provider for TFE731-series turbofans and 36-100 and -150 APUs. Under the designation, MX Jet technicians will be able to offer routine maintenance, on-wing troubleshooting and engine removal and installation, as well as help fulfill MSP claims and comply with service bulletins.