Jet Aviation St. Louis has become the first company to install Honeywell’s DU-875 flightdeck upgrade in an Embraer Legacy 600. “A team of technicians has been trained to support the [Legacy] airframe,” said Chuck Krugh, senior vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation St. Louis. “We have increased tooling, parts and other materials needed to support the aircraft.” The company recently received approval for DU-875 installations in the Legacy 650 as well.
Avionics and ATC
New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit; and news, issues, personnel, equipment and developments about air traffic management.
Creating software for aviation applications that complies with the FAA’s DO-178 standard can be challenging, requiring completion of a series of precise development and verification tasks during the process. Here at NBAA’12, software product development company Foliage (Booth No. 790) of Burlington, Mass. is highlighting how it can help companies meet these challenges.
Danish satcom system manufacturer Thrane & Thrane, which was acquired by UK avionics manufacturer Cobham in June, believes that there is massive untapped potential to create data “pipes” to connect thousands of aircraft around the world. These aircraft miss out on the advantages of broadband connectivity, including WiFi in the cabin and operational connections for the crew that can enhance efficiency and safety. Thrane & Thrane also believes that people assume satcom is more expensive than it actually is.
The UK’s Gama Engineering, a Gama Group company formed a year ago with the amalgamation of Lees Avionics and Mann Aviation Group Engineering, recently completed its 50th EASA STC. The project was the design and certification of a Garmin G600 installation in a BN Islander used by the Belgian Coast Guard. Gama Engineering is based at Fairoaks Airport.
Sensing an upturn in business conditions, International Communications Group (ICG) has boosted its ranks with four new appointments. Davert Leong, electrical engineer in production; David Casey, lead embedded software engineer; Doyle Sisson, project manager; and Debbie Glass, technical writer. Notes CEO Scott Trainum, “This year has provided us with indications that the economy and the industry are turning around.”
ATP is offering the HubConnect document management app and mobile service for the iPad. The app and the mobile service combine ATP’s single-source aircraft aviation document databases with the iPad’s portability. Using the HubConnect app and the HubConnect mobile service, subscribers have instant mobile access to ATP’s library of maintenance publications, regulatory documents and pilot operating handbooks.
Harris has won a three-way contest to provide the FAA’s next generation ATC data communications network between pilots and controllers, beating competing bids by ITT Exelis and Lockheed Martin.
The FAA has awarded the contract to build a nationwide data communications network for ground-to-air ATC text messaging to Harris Corporation, of Melbourne, Fla.
AIN readers rate Garmin as the top provider of avionics product support in the 2012 AIN Avionics Product Support Survey cockpit avionics rankings, with an overall average rating of 8.3. Rockwell Collins climbed to second place with a rating of 7.8, followed by Universal Avionics in third, with an overall average of 7.7. Honeywell’s cockpit avionics rating climbed 1 percent this year, to fourth place and 7.5, tying for the same place with Avidyne, which also scored a 7.5 rating. Honeywell’s Bendix/King division retained the same 7.1 rating as last year, moving to fifth place.
Garmin retained its spot at the top of the 2012 AIN Avionics Product Support Survey cockpit avionics rankings, with readers giving the avionics manufacturer an overall average rating of 8.3 this year, down 1 percent from last year but again the only company rated in the eights.