Air medical service operator CareFlite, based in Grand Prairie, Texas, received final approval for its network of 17 IFR approach procedures to hospitals within a 150-mile radius of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex in December. Hickok & Associates, of Orange Beach, Ala., which developed the approaches for CareFlite, announced the approval here at Heli-Expo.
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.
Meggitt is a company that deals in extremes: temperature, impact, vibration and contamination. Its products are engineered to detect impending and catastrophic mechanical failure. And, the company says, without them, an entire system can fail.
Thales is in Dallas celebrating the first selection by a U.S. helicopter OEM of its TopDeck integrated avionics system, on the Sikorsky S-76D.
The French avionics house has achieved a significant position on other manufacturers’ product lines as well. This week, prominent at its Booth No. 1269 on the Heli-Expo’06 exhibit floor is a dynamic simulation of the latest TopDeck architecture.
A very sore-throated EMS pilot named Mark Graveline, who flies a Bell 206 equipped with the Chelton Flight Systems FlightLogic EFIS for Air Methods of San Antonio, talked about the cockpit system with HAI Convention News at the show yesterday.
Robinson Helicopter president and CEO Frank Robinson said yesterday that he is planning within the next few weeks to flight test an R44 Raven equipped with a two-axis autopilot, possibly paving the way for IFR certification of the four-place piston helicopter. Robinson currently offers an R44 IFR trainer but it can be flown only in VFR conditions.
Aerosonic Corp. of Clearwater, Fla., has received TSO approval from the FAA for its two-inch standby digital altimeter and airspeed indicators, on display in Booth No. 1217 along with the company’s line of vertical speed and cabin pressure indicators and clocks.
The U.S. Navy has selected Safe Flight’s exceedance warning system for more than 100 of its Bell TH57 trainers.
Engine temperature and power exceedances cost the Navy millions of dollars in maintenance, according to Safe Flight, which added the exceedances can also cause premature component failure, higher operating costs and even lead to accidents.
Max-Viz, the Portland, Ore. manufacturer of infrared enhanced vision systems (EVS), is at Heli-Expo 2006 with a recent order for its EVS-1000 system to equip the Canadian Helicopters fleet.
Wingspeed Corp. is unveiling a pair of new XLLink Iridium voice/datalink systems today that the company said will provide access to affordable flight tracking, two-way text messaging, voice calling and the aircraft communication addressing and reporting system (Acars) data service.
Swiss aircraft instrument maker Revue Thommen is targeting the rotary-wing market across a variety of platforms with products that include altimeter air-data displays, airspeed indicators and vertical-speed indicators.
Thommen’s night-vision-compatible instruments are available for helicopters that include leading Bell and Eurocopter models.