Through its JetPlan flight planning service, Jeppesen for the last couple of years has been offering RAIM (receiver autonomous integrity monitoring) prediction reports to customers who use its JetPlan flight planning service. The Colorado firm is reminding pilots who use GPS Rnav for primary navigation about a new U.S. requirement for such reporting that went into effect on March 31.
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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association expressed “grave concern” about the Federal Communications Commission’s decision last month authorizing operation of certain types of products to incorporate ultra-wideband (UWB) technology. UWB devices, such as automotive radar and communications systems, would be authorized to operate in the same frequency spectrum used for GPS navigation.
Just when many thought loran was dead, it is coming back, albeit in a different guise. The President’s recently released FY2009 budget includes funding for the Coast Guard to continue operating the current loran network in readiness for its upgrade in 2009 to enhanced loran (eLoran).
Chelmsford, Mass.-based Mercury Computer Systems is on hand at Heli-Expo to demonstrate its new VistaNav 3D synthetic-vision system with FLIR. According to a company spokesman, the now-available VistaNav 3D is the first such portable system for helicopters. On display are the company’s CIS-2000 and CIS-2200, which are classified as commercial class II electronic flight bag systems.
OuterLink, a Lowell, Mass. company that specializes in mobile asset tracking, is at Heli-Expo 2008 promoting the latest version of its CommTrack satellite-based software suite and a new product, the CV2R cockpit voice and video recorder. Both are being featured at OuterLink’s booth (No. 2216).
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced it will issue revised standards for helicopter navigation this fall that are intended to take advantage of GPS receiver technology and new types of instrument approach procedures.
Airborne video surveillance can give first responders and law enforcement a clear idea of what needs to be done on the ground in an emergency. But the challenge is making sure the information reaches the right people–that’s where Microwave Radio Communications’ (Booth No. 1313) experience can make a big difference, according to the Massachusetts company.
The FAA last month approved GPS wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) LPV instrument approach criteria for helicopters, opening the floodgates for the new lateral precision/vertical guidance procedures at heliports and landing pads across the country.
Airservices Australia and Qantas are working with Honeywell at Sydney Airport to supplement the signals broadcast by global navigation satellite systems. Those systems include the global positioning system that will provide the same level of precision approach guidance as a Category I instrument landing system–that is, to a height of 200 feet above the ground as long as visibility on the airport surface is adequate.
Garmin last month notified distributors that it has decided to discontinue production of the GNS 480 GPS/navcom receiver after a significant decline in sales of the WAAS-capable product as more customers migrate toward the Garmin GNS 430W/530W line of WAAS units. Garmin acquired the GNS 480 product when it purchased the assets of UPS Aviation Technologies in 2003.