For the eleventh year running the Aircraft Electronics Association (Booth No. C8020) is providing NBAA convention attendees with free copies of its encyclopaedic softcover publication, Pilot’s Guide to Avionics. The book covers new products for 2013, backup instrumentation innovations, glass cockpits, antennas, autopilot upgrades, ADS-B, GPS and NextGen progress. It also includes a listing of AEA member manufacturers, as well as repair and installation stations worldwide.
Avionics and ATC » Avionics
New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
At this year’s NBAA convention, ITT Cannon (Booth No. N314) is featuring its range of interconnect technologies, which are designed to reduce total cost of ownership and to increase bandwidth capacity for aviation applications.
Shadin Avionics has released a new digital discrete switch (DDS) data converter with a purchase order from an undisclosed business jet manufacturer. The DDS is derived from Shadin’s AIS-360 digital platform; requirements were defined by an urgent customer need to keep an aircraft introduction schedule on track.
Shadin (Booth No. N629) said the flexibility and modularity of the AIS platform enabled it to develop and qualify the customer-defined DDS box in less than one month.
West Star Aviation of East Alton, Ill. is expecting to obtain an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) in the first quarter of 2014 for its RVSM solution for the Cessna Conquest II. The solution includes a dual-side Garmin G600 avionics display system and S-Tec 2100 digital autopilot.
Piper has selected Hartzell Engine Technologies to provide its I-series cabin heater and ES-series 24-volt/100-amp alternators as standard fit on new Garmin G1000-equipped Seminole piston-twin trainers.
“To support the electrical needs of the latest Piper Seminole’s advanced avionics and systems, Piper Aircraft chose to upgrade it to 24-volt capability,” said Hartzell Engine Technologies president Mike Disbrow.
Astronics Advanced Electronic System (AES) has been selected by a fifth aircraft manufacturing program to supply its next-generation CorePower electrical power distribution system (EPDS). AES is a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics (Booth No. N5129), based in East Aurora, N.Y.
ICG (Booth No. N2329) is developing a new mobile application for Apple and Android smartphones, managed by its eRouter data management system, that will allow customers to use personal electronic devices to place calls and send text messages from an aircraft in flight.
The Avionics 2020 flight deck is ready for NextGen and Sesar’s advanced ATM requirements, according to Thales. For example, head of cockpit innovation Denis Bonnet pointed out that taxi route guidance is available.
Thales is here at the NBAA show (Booth No. N216) exhibiting its Avionics 2020 flight deck demonstrator, a human-machine interface designed to preserve pilots’ cognitive resources, thus enabling them to focus on what they are good at: making decisions. In other words, according to its promoters, this is a cockpit designed for airmanship. The development schedule of Avionics 2020 should suit a business jet program aiming at a 2020 entry into service.
Securaplane, part of the Meggitt family, is displaying its current line of airborne cameras and integrated ground security systems, along with prototypes of improved products at its NBAA booth (No. N4527).
Securaplane’s wireless-controlled cameras are easily retrofitable, according to Steffen Spell, vice president of sales, marketing and customer service for the Tucson, Ariz.-based company. In fact, the cameras still need wiring for power but they can tap into power wires already installed for wingtip and empennage lights, for example.