The FAA said its notice sent last month to tower controllers to review the taxi into position and hold (TIPH) procedure is not intended to end the practice, as the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) claims. “Basically, we are seeing a small trend of runway incursions resulting from that procedure,” said an FAA spokesperson. “We wanted to raise awareness and see if it is still required.
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.
Altair Avionics (Booth No. 1411) has acquired a fleet customer for its IntelliStart+ aircraft data-monitoring system and a series of European certifications for IntelliStart+ and Altair’s companion data transmission unit (DTU), the company announced.
Bell Helicopter has selected a variety of Honeywell avionics for its light-twin Model 429, highlighted by the new solid-state KSG-7200 air-data attitude heading reference system (ADAHRS). Derived from Honeywell air transport and business jet technology, the system features miniaturized electromechanical sensors (MEMS) rather than legacy spinning gyros and accelerometers.
International Communications Group (ICG) is at Heli-Expo’06 with its newest Iridium-based cabin tele-communication unit (CTU), a single-channel system optimized for helicopter and very light jet use.
Carson Helicopters Services and Sagem Avionics are teaming to install and certify a suite of digital avionics in the Sikorsky S-61, including a five-tube array of 10.4-inch flat-panel color displays. Further, the Carson S-61 upgrade will put new composite main rotor blades, a dual-channel AFCS and a solid-state air-data, attitude and heading system–both from Sagem–onto the venerable bird.
Four-year-old Max-Viz of Gig Harbor, Wash. (Booth No. 1577), is here at Heli-Expo promoting its EVS-1000 enhanced-vision system for helicopters.
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.
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.