At a recent NextGen conference, Jim Linney of the FAA’s ADS-B office detailed the user community’s response to the invitation to comment on the agency’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). Of the 1,372 responses to the document’s 85 separate issues, there were 101 positive comments, versus 1,271 negative–or “non-positive,” in FAA terminology–comments.
Electronic flight bag
The GEN-X electronic flight bag (EFB) made by DAC International and displayed at NBAA Booth No. 2666 attained parts manufacturer approval (PMA) from the FAA, the company announced.
Chicago-based navAero has introduced the tPad 2000 series display for the tBag C22 electronic flight bag. Based on the tPad 1500 display, the 2000 Series features an integrated and daylight-enhanced anti-glare LCD panel with resistive touch and LED backlighting for XGA (1024x768) graphic resolution with 80-degree off-axis readability.
“When you think of a Honeywell navigation system, it’s in fact, built on a CMC unit,” said Bruce Bailey, v-p of commercial aviation at CMC Electronics, which is exhibiting in Orlando this week in Booth No. 2967. “We’re kind of like the campaign for ‘Intel Inside’ with regard to a number of brands. We’ve probably got 15,000 to 20,000 GPS sensors in the field in almost any platform, and of course we put it in our own FMS.
Infrared enhanced-vision systems (EVS) optimized to provide greater situational awareness for business aircraft are finding an increasing number of applications as evidenced by the activity reported by EVS suppliers exhibiting at NBAA’08.
The FAA has reached agreements with four U.S. airlines to fund in-cockpit runway safety systems, in this case electronic flight bags (EFBs), in exchange for the operational data those systems would generate. Under the plan, the FAA will provide $600,000 each to SkyWest Airlines, Piedmont Airlines, US Airways and Southwest Airlines to invest in the new technology in airplanes they’ll fly into and out of 21 testbed airports.
Although EAA’s AirVenture 2008 wasn’t a big show for avionics manufacturers, Honeywell’s Bendix/King showed that the manufacturer is serious about the general aviation market with the introduction of the new AV8OR Handheld navigator and two AV8OR synthetic-vision system (SVS) handheld/electronic flight bag (EFB) units.
Teledyne Technologies, the parent company of Teledyne Controls and Teledyne Continental Motors, last month closed a deal to buy Spirent’s Aviation Information Solutions businesses for $6.85 million. Included in the transaction were Spirent Systems in Wichita, Spirent Systems/Aerospace Solutions of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and the Flight Data Company, based in the UK.
CMC Electronics (Hall 4 Stand C16a) has brought its new TacView portable mission display to Farnborough as part of a global marketing effort aimed at both manufacturers and users of fast jets, fixed-wing military transports and helicopters. The new product, which the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) already has adopted, is derived from the company’s PilotView electronic flight bag (EFB).
Flight Options’ paperless cockpits are so well-liked by its pilots that those who end up with airplanes not yet equipped with electronic flight bags (EFBs) feel slighted.
James Miller, v-p of Flight Options, said here yesterday that the two “hot things for us this year” are installing EFBs in the remainder of the fractional giant’s 200-plus fleet of airplanes and putting AirCell satcom phones in all of its aircraft.