Over the last six years, the North American aeromedical transport industry, particularly its helicopter EMS community, has become increasingly concerned about an accident rate it (and others) sees as excessive. Attention has focused on night flights and operations in reduced visibility, both of which contribute significantly to the number of mishaps.
Avionics and ATC » Avionics
New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
DAC International has entered the EFB fray with the “Gen-X” electronic flight bag, a product that the company touts as unique because it is constructed to professional-grade avionics standards yet carries an uninstalled list price of less than $10,000.
The “Flipper” from Flight Display Systems of Alpharetta, Ga., fits into that welcomed category of products that fill a need without breaking the bank.
The thin, five-inch LCD screen is designed to mount to the underside of the glareshield, staying out of the way when not in use and flipping down when needed. It’s intended to serve as an extra display screen in cockpits where space is limited.
A Massachusetts company that has developed a flight data recorder (FDR) for aircraft in the category of the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 piston singles says the technology could also be applied in Part 23 business jets and turboprops, at a fraction of the price of current-generation FDRs.
Premier/West Star announced the completion of its first installation of the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system in a Falcon 50. The package includes a new digital autopilot, dual AHRS sensors, weather radar and radio stack.
Duncan Aviation recently completed the installation of Honeywell’s Primus Epic Control Display System/Retrofit (CDS/R) in a customer’s Gulfstream III. The company replaced the airplane’s old instruments with a three-display CDS/R installation, updating the STC for the latest Epic version and software. This was the third Epic CDS/R installation for Duncan Aviation’s so-called Glass Box Project completed this year, the company noted.
Arinc Direct last month launched World Calling, a flat-rate billing plan for customers of its SkyLink VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) telephone service for business jets. Users, said the company, are billed at a flat rate of 10 cents per minute for all calls between the aircraft and ground, no matter where in the world the calls originate or terminate.
The FCC has approved AirCell’s air-to-ground frequency license, clearing the way for the Louisville, Colo. company to begin rolling out the ground infrastructure to support its new broadband communications service.
Garmin’s GNS-series navigators have been approved for WAAS en route navigation and LPV (lateral precision with vertical guidance) approach capability, the company announced last month at AOPA Expo in Palm Springs, Calif. The FAA has also issued a blanket STC covering installations of GNS 400/500-series avionics in 980 makes and models of aircraft, allowing current owners of the 75,000 GNS units in the field to upgrade to WAAS functionality.
Northrop Grumman’s active electronically scanning array (AESA) radars have undoubtedly made a big impact on fighter technology. The AN/APG-77, the AN/APG-80 and the AN/APG-81 are fitted, respectively, to Lockheed Martin’s F-22A Raptor, F-16E/F Block 60 Desert Falcon, and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).