As India’s air traffic grows and skies get crowded, the country’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Ministry of Civil Aviation have finally reached an agreement on a long-standing demand for flexible use of airspace (FUA). The implementation will stand “subject to ensuring adequate safeguards in the system to prevent inadvertent leaks of military information and dissemination of any information on military aviation activities strictly on a ‘need to know’ basis,” noted a government statement. The military currently controls approximately 65 percent of India’s airspace.
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.
While NTSB investigators at South Bend (Ind.) Airport are probing the cause of the crash of a Hawker Beechcraft Premier during an approach on Sunday, they are also trying to determine whether there are any links between this accident and two other Premier crashes within a three-week period. Nine people have died in the three recent accidents involving Premiers.
The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has explained why the emergency lubrication system sent a “failure” warning–while working nominally–to the crews of the two Eurocopter EC225s that ditched in the North Sea last year.
As Inmarsat prepares to launch the first Global Xpress Ka-band satellite later this year, Honeywell engineers have successfully completed the preliminary design review of satcom hardware that will be installed in aircraft. The review covered the satcom terminals and antenna subsystems that Honeywell will manufacture for commercial and business aircraft. This included “external interface control documents and fuselage- and tail-mount antenna specifications,” according to the company.
Dassault Falcon’s new FalconBroadcast airborne health monitoring service is available on all EASy-equipped Falcon 900s and 2000s, the company announced today. FalconBroadcast enables operators to address unscheduled maintenance events in flight, with the help of automated real-time troubleshooting tools and satellite links, allowing the issue to be resolved as soon as the aircraft lands. In-service EASy aircraft can have their service activated at any Dassault Falcon-authorized service center.
Two helicopters, understood to be a Eurocopter EC155 and a Eurocopter Super Puma, crashed after a midair during windy snowfall today near the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. One pilot was killed and four people were severely injured, according to local news reports. The two helicopters, along with a third that was not involved in the accident, were participating in a crowd-control training exercise. Accident investigators were on scene at press time.
The sophistication of external iPad ADS-B receivers has taken a new leap with the release of Levil Technology’s iLevil SW. The device combines attitude information, Waas GPS, ADS-B in and the ability to display information from external systems, such as engine monitors, all in a package topped with a solar panel for inflight recharging.
Kitchener, Ontario-based Kitchener Aero Avionics received Canadian STC approval for an Aspen and Garmin avionics upgrade package for the Cessna 208 Caravan. The upgrade features an Aspen EFD-1000C3 PFD, which replaces the “problematic and expensive gyros in the King KFC 150/225 flight control systems,” and Garmin GNS 530W Class B Taws. The Taws system is compliant with the “enhanced altitude accuracy” provisions of Transport Canada’s Taws mandate.
TrueNorth Avionics’ Simphonē Chorus cabin communications system received STC approval for installation on the Cessna Citation 560. The STC, developed and completed by Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek, Mich., includes TrueNorth’s Simphonē Chorus and SwiftBroadband 200 systems, as well as both wired and wireless handsets. TrueNorth said the STC applies to the Chorus and Duo editions of the system, which add both voice and data/Wi-Fi capabilities to the cabin.
Becker Avionics (Both No. N5801) will supply its DVCS6100 digital audio and intercommunication system for the Brazilian Army Aviation AS550 A2 Fennec and AS350 Squirrel helicopter modernization program.
The selection means Becker Avionics of Miramar, Fla., and Becker do Brazil are the new partners of Helibras, Eurocopter’s Brazilian subsidiary and the Brazilian Army.