Avionics and ATC » Avionics

New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.

November 12, 2013 - 2:03pm

Garmin unveiled interactive, web-based pilot training for the G5000 integrated flight deck today. The self-paced lessons help pilots streamline their initial flight training with the G5000 and offer a convenient online course for follow-on training.

According to Garmin, the G5000 “eLearning” program, available as a 180-day subscription, is interactive and helps customers take advantage of all the features of the integrated flight deck. The course has three learning modes: demonstration, guided interaction and solo.

November 11, 2013 - 12:38pm

Airservices Australia commissioned two new ground stations to support its national automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) network as the country’s first ADS-B mandate approaches. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requires that aircraft flying above 29,000 feet be fitted with ADS-B avionics by December 12.

November 11, 2013 - 12:30pm

Five U.S. airlines have signed on to participate in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Data Comm equipment initiative, bringing the effort to 80 percent of its targeted number of airframes, according to contractor Harris. The company revealed the first airline to commit–United–at the Air Traffic Control Association conference last month. Non-disclosure agreements prevented it from immediately identifying the others.

November 7, 2013 - 3:11pm

Apple’s new iPad Air, which is thinner and weighs 20 percent less than the previous-generation iPad, has passed rapid decompression testing conducted by Jeppesen. The company tested the iPad Air to 51,000 feet, similar to tests conducted on all previous iPad versions. “No anomalies were detected during testing of any of the iPad models,” according to Jeppesen, which makes the Mobile FliteDeck and FliteDeck VFR apps for the iPad.

November 7, 2013 - 2:35pm

Universal Avionics promoted Paul DeHerrera to the position of CEO. He takes over the role from Joachim “Ted” Naimer, who remains president and chairman of the board at the avionics manufacturer. DeHerrera began his career with Universal Avionics in 1994 as manager of OEM marketing at the company’s Tucson, Ariz. headquarters. He was later elevated to vice president of marketing and product support before being promoted to COO in January 2008.

November 4, 2013 - 1:55am

Canadian avionics installation company Maxcraft Avionics has received supplemental type certificates for installation of a variety of Garmin products in the Beechcraft King Air 200 and B200. The STCs cover Garmin’s new digital GWX 70 weather radar, GTS 850 Tcas I and GTX 330 mode-S transponder as well as Bendix/King’s KR87 ADF and PS Engineering’s PMA-7000 audio system. Maxcraft, which is based in Vancouver, also holds approvals for installation of Garmin primary and multifunction displays, and the new STC’d products can be installed along with the displays.

November 4, 2013 - 1:55am

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) awarded Rockwell Collins a three-year contract worth up to $3.1 million to develop a new transmitter that will reduce the size, weight, power and cost of software-defined radios. The Rockwell Collins method uses “diverse accessible heterogeneous integration foundry technology” to “prevent unwanted harmonics from occurring in the first place.” This would eliminate the need for heavier and larger transmitters with filtering to prevent the unwanted signals, thus making it possible to shrink the devices.

November 4, 2013 - 1:45am

Dynon’s portable backup attitude indicator product line has added the D2, a unit with built-in Wi-Fi that can deliver data to compatible iPad apps and other devices. Dynon’s first portable backup D1 now costs $1,195, while the D2 retails for $1,425. The D2, with an integral attitude-heading reference system and GPS receiver, displays attitude, turn rate, slip/skid and GPS groundspeed, altitude, vertical speed and ground track. A second page on the D2 displays a G-meter.

November 4, 2013 - 1:30am

Frontier Airlines has become the first Part 121 airline approved to use iPad EFBs running the ForeFlight Mobile app for all phases of flight, under FAA OpSpec A061. As is typical with commercial users of iPad EFBs, the FAA will not allow the Frontier pilots to turn on the own-ship position switch in ForeFlight Mobile. They will be able to use ForeFlight’s hazard and weather map overlays, en route charts, approach charts and airport diagrams as well as ForeFlight’s document-storage feature to access safety publications and other materials.

November 3, 2013 - 12:45am

The use of NVGs in civil helicopters is still in its infancy, so obtaining approval for night operations, including those with night-vision goggles (NVGs), remains a lengthy and tricky process, according to European helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) operators. During a conference at Helitech, a number of HEMS operators shared their experiences obtaining such approvals and discussed challenges that regulators should mediate to ease the burden on operators.

 
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