Pennsylvania transportation officials have announced a plan to install automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) ground stations at four state airports.
Aviation International News » December 2005
After years of development, Universal Avionics of Tucson, Ariz., has gained its first STC and TSO for its full Vision 1 synthetic-vision system (SVS), clearing the technology for operation aboard the Beech King Air 350 following a November 8 certification flight.
Rockwell Collins announced that its eXchange broadband data and live television service will make its debut aboard a pair of Bombardier Global XRSes operated by Samsung Techwin, as well as in a Global 5000 demonstrator. A third undisclosed customer has also selected eXchange for its Global XRS, Rockwell Collins announced.
Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S), an Exton, Pa. company that has been active in designing and providing RVSM upgrade kits for business aircraft and, more recently, electronic flight displays for a variety of military and cargo aircraft, announced its first formal electronic flight display retrofit project for business airplanes.
EMS Satcom has revealed the newest addition to its eNfusion suite of airborne wireless communication products that the company promises will bring Internet access to smaller business aircraft.
Honeywell, headquartered in Morristown, N.J., has found homes for its newest EFIS retrofit, the Primus Epic CDS/R cockpit, in Canada and Germany. The avionics maker announced last month that project partner Marinvent in Montreal had obtained an STC for Primus Epic CDS/R in the Piaggio Avanti and said it had launched a program to retrofit six Challenger 601-1As at RUAG Aerospace of Germany.
Sandel Avionics has introduced two new four-inch cockpit displays that are intended to serve as an electronic replacement HSI or ADI and include additional moving map, weather and traffic overlay capabilities.
Kollsman, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems of Israel, has introduced a low-cost head-up display and integrated glass cockpit concept that the company said could give thousands of general aviation pilots a new way of looking at their world. The products the Merrimack, N.H. company has in mind could be certified and in production within two years.
Satellite communications service provider Satcom Direct gave live demonstrations of Inmarsat’s broadband global area network (BGAN) land mobile technology at last month’s NBAA Convention. The precursor to the aviation-specific SwiftBroadband data service, BGAN provides a satellite link to users at speeds equivalent to a DSL connection.
The ability to surf the Internet at broadband speeds aboard midsize business jets took a step closer to reality last month with Arinc’s announcement that it is developing a reconfigured version of its SkyLink airborne data system. Key to the project will be identifying a Ku-band compatible antenna that is small enough to fit atop the fuselage of jets in the category of Gulfstream’s G150.