Elm Creek Partners has acquired avionics and navigation system supplier FreeFlight Systems (Booth No. 1481). The new executive management team, led by CEO Tim Taylor and COO Robert Schneier, assumed responsibility July 15.
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Chatsworth, Calif.-based Sensor Systems (Booth No. 2907) has received FAA technical standard order certification for its GPS WAAS antennas, the company announced. The S67-1575-135, -145 and -137 antenna models are currently in production and certified to the requirements of DO-301. The -135 LPV-capable model is also included in L-3 Avionics’ STC’d equipment on the Cirrus SR22 G2.
Canadian electronics manufacturer Guardian Mobility Co. (Booth No. 1165) has received FAA STC approval for installation of the company’s Skytrax 3X GPS tracking system in Bell 205A, 205A-1, 212, 214B and 214B-1 helicopters.
Operators in the future will possibly be able to use X-rays from pulsating stars–or pulsars– light years away from earth to navigate with the same accuracy as GPS.
The FAA has issued a technical standard order and blanket installation approval covering 850 aircraft models for the CNX80 all-in-one GPS navcom from Salem, Ore.-based UPS Aviation Technologies. The company, a subsidiary of parcel shipping giant UPS, lays claim to being one of the first avionics manufacturers to gain FAA certification for a GPS receiver approved for WAAS instrument approaches.
At recent public hearings in Washington, D.C., and Albuquerque, N.M., DOD and DOT representatives reviewed the departments’ policies toward the provision of radionavigation services to the U.S. civil user community between now and 2020. The hearings were held to solicit user comments on those policies before publication of this year’s federal radionavigation plan (FRP), which will be available by year-end.
The FAA flipped the switch on its wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) at 12:01 a.m. on July 10, potentially opening up thousands of runways at 5,400 public-use airports for near-precision approaches in both lateral and vertical guidance modes.
Garmin late last month announced a deal to buy UPS Aviation Technologies, a subsidiary of United Parcel Service, for $38 million in cash. The acquisition is expected to close this quarter, after which UPS Aviation Technologies will change its name to Garmin AT.
European nations apparently have resolved their objections over budgeting of Galileo, Europe’s $4.2 billion rival to GPS. Several EU nations had voiced concern about Galileo’s high cost, with some countries, most recently Spain, complaining they had been left out of commercial bidding negotiations. Under the final plan, Spain’s share increases from 9.5 percent to 10.25 percent. The cost of Galileo is being shared by 15 European countries.
The DOT Volpe Center’s September 10 report on the vulnerability of GPS to jamming and other interference, in addition to the events of the following day, have greatly heightened national concerns about the security of the satellite system and the degree of dependence that should be placed on it as the backbone of our future ATC system.