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.
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New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
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.
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.
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.
Blue Sky Network’s portable HawkEyeLink Bluetooth interface is now able to transmit electronic forms such as a flight plan, a passenger manifest or a maintenance request. HawkEyeLink enables Blue Sky Network’s D1000 Iridium/GSM transceiver (originally designed for the operator to track its helicopters) to connect to iOS devices (iPhone and iPad). The new capability allows users to download forms to the iOS device at the operator’s base via Wi-Fi, and then complete and transmit them in flight.
Cobham Integrated Systems of Mineral Wells, Texas, announced the S-Tec 5000 autopilot for jet and turboprop aircraft, at NBAA 2013. The new three-axis autopilot, which accommodates a full digital or a combination digital and analog interface, will be certified to meet the requirements for use in Part 25 aircraft.
The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared airlines to allow their passengers to use portable electronic devices (PEDs) in all phases of flight, once they prove that their aircraft can tolerate electromagnetic interference. The process will vary among airlines, but many carriers should be able to demonstrate PEDs tolerance within several months, the agency said.
Jetex Flight Support, in collaboration with Honeywell, launched the MyJETEX iOS app, which allows operators to plan and manage their worldwide trips. Features include flight planning, aircraft datalink, flight following and international trip support services. The collaboration on the new app follows an agreement signed at EBACE whereby Jetex is offering Honeywell’s Global Data Center (GDC) flight support services to its clients in Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Rockwell Collins introduced Airshow 500, which it claims is the first “3-D moving map system” for light business jets. The new system is a modernized, lighter weight drop-in replacement for the Airshow 410. It provides on-aircraft control of a wide variety of options and is compatible with legacy monitors as well as newer widescreen monitors with digital inputs. Airshow 500 is also available in a flange-mount option to meet any aircraft installation requirement. It is compatible with the Rockwell Collins Airshow interactive app for the iPad.
Universal Avionics will be honoring two hardworking companies with its 2013 International Top Dealer and 2013 North American Top Dealer awards today at 3 p.m. at its NBAA booth (No. N6108).
The Top International Dealer award is going to Scandinavian Avionics for the second year in a row. The company’s work with Universal Avionics’s EFI-890R flight deck retrofits and Precision-Area Navigation (P-RNAV) upgrades were key to earning the award.