Chelton Flight Systems announced completion of the STC for the company’s FlightLogic synthetic-vision EFIS in the Cessna Citation 501.
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New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
Raytheon Aircraft is now offering a complete package of RVSM compliance paperwork and flight-test services for operators of Beechcraft and Hawker turbine business aircraft once they are equipped and approved with RVSM avionics.
Honeywell Flight Support Services has unveiled an online flight planning service. The company said the database includes the basic performance parameters of more than 240 aircraft models. Pilots can create domestic, international or oceanic flight plans based on the most current wind information for best speed or fuel efficiency. The program also calculates equal time points and diversionary airports, and provides up-to-date weather reports.
Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), a joint L-3 Communications and Thales company, used last month’s Paris Air Show to introduce technology intended to warn pilots of runway and taxiway incursions.
Arinc and Jeppesen last month announced an alliance that will integrate “best of class” EFB components from each company’s portfolios to produce what officials are billing as “the industry’s most advanced electronic flight bag (EFB) system.”
For the business aviation market, CMC Electronics has introduced a compact satcom antenna the company calls SatLite. As the name implies, this antenna was designed with size and weight in mind.
Duncan Aviation has certified and installed a Rockwell Collins IDS-3000 retrofit cockpit and IFIS (integrated flight information system) file server in a customer Astra. Duncan’s Lincoln, Neb. facility performed the installation and gained the STC for the package, which applies to the Astra and Astra SP, the company said.
Grob’s SPn, a carbon-fiber light business twinjet introduced at last month’s Paris Air Show, will enter production with the Honeywell Apex avionics system, according to officials from the German company.
Are portable electronic flight bag (EFB) computing devices merely a stepping stone until business aircraft operators get around to installing cockpit equipment that integrates electronic charts with glass displays? Avionics manufacturers hope so, but business aircraft operators appear to have different ideas.
Kitchener Aero has delivered its first Eurocopter EC 120 with upgraded avionics and special-mission modifications. The factory-new helicopter was flown directly to Kitchener, Ontario. Most visible now are the two Sagem ICDS-8 EFIS flight displays. Another feature is a downward-facing camera, images from which can be shown on the multifunction display. The modification project began in June and concluded in August.