Boeing has just chosen Michelin as the second source of aftermarket nose and main tires for the 787. Michelin will offer a combination of traditional radial designs and new lightweight near zero growth construction tires, designed to reduce cuts and wear. The 787 will use 10 tires, two for the nose gear and eight for the main landing gear. Boeing uses Michelin tires on the 737NG and 747-400ER.
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New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
The FAA might revive TCAS III. The system, which would add lateral resolution advisories (RA) to the current TCAS II’s vertical commands, was proposed many years ago but dropped after technical investigations showed that it would have been extremely difficult to develop and implement.
The company is also announcing new contracts here at the Paris Air Show. In Russia, CMC has won a contract to provide Moscow-based Transaero Airlines with its GPS-based flight management system (FMS), the CMA-900. The deal covers five Boeing 747s. Deliveries should take place between May 2005 and early 2006.
CMC Electronics is here at the Paris Air Show with a compact satcom antenna, an integrated glass cockpit for helicopters, a second-generation electronic flight bag (EFB) and a new line of opto-electronic components.
Through an agreement with cargo airline ABX Air of Wilmington, Ohio, avionics maker Innovative Solutions & Support announced an upgrade program for replacement of Boeing 767 cockpit screens with flat-panel liquid-crystal displays.
Barco’s flat-screen cockpit displays have performed well during flight tests of the newly upgraded An-124-100M-150, according to the Belgium-headquartered company. Installed in the world’s largest civil freighter, Barco’s smart displays were built into the aircraft’s cockpit by St. Petersburg-based Kotlin-Novator, the Russian system integrator.
The six-ton, London-double-decker-bus-size Inmarsat-4 communications satellite that Inmarsat launched in late March has taken over satcom transmission routing responsibility from the previous Inmarsat-3 satellite covering the Indian Ocean Region, according to company officials.
The statistics tell the story. Over the last four years, there have been 1,475 runway-incursion incidents at controlled airports in the U.S., an average of one a day. Data from other countries are not readily available, but experts say incursions are on the rise worldwide. While the Federal Aviation Administration has focused primarily on pilot education initiatives to warn of the dangers of incursions, avionics makers have other ideas.
Jeppesen and Arinc yesterday 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 system.” Arinc’s eFlightDeck technology combined with Jeppesen’s EFB software, applications and data will give buyers a complete package from a single source.
Infrared imaging specialist FLIR Systems this week is introducing an airborne camera system designed to provide ultra-high-definition images in challenging environments like urban centers. Called the Star Safire HD, the sensor system can include mega-pixel thermal, day and night sensors with high magnification optics and laser targeting equipment for covert illumination, the company said.