Kitchener Aero Avionics has developed and obtained STC approval for a glass cockpit for the Eurocopter EC120 helicopter. It includes the Garmin G500H flight display system with helicopter synthetic vision, an attitude heading reference system and air data computer. Also STC’d in the EC 120 are the Garmin GDL69/69A XM weather datalink, an Avidyne TAS-605 traffic awareness system and a Honeywell KRA-405B radar altimeter. All of these additional systems are controlled by and displayed on the G500H.
Garmin (Booth No. 2758) has added new features and equipment for its G600 and G500 flight display systems. New software and a new GAD 43e adaptor enable both systems to display and control altitude preselect and vertical speed as well as display DME distance, analog radar altitude and analog navigation data.
“By integrating this data into the G600 and G500 digital displays, aircraft owners have an opportunity to clean up their panels and enhance the reliability of their instruments by removing older equipment,” said Garmin vice president Carl Wolf.
A recent Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) report of a Learjet 31 altitude bust on departure from Denver’s Centennial Airport (APA) reminds all aviators that miscommunication, poor preflight planning and a loss of situational awareness can lead to serious mistakes.
Hilton Software has released a major update to its WingX Pro iPad moving-map software. Some of the improvements to WingX Pro version 6.2 include adding local and national Nexrad weather radar to ADS-B capability (available using the separate SkyRadar ADS-B unit), the ability to switch moving-map GPS information and airspace notifications on and off, adding a favorites function to the moving-map search and an improved timer function on the moving map.
Sandel Avionics’ HeliTAWS terrain warning and avoidance technology, introduced at last year’s Heli-Expo, has been adopted for inclusion in Rockwell Collins’ line of integrated rotorcraft avionics systems under a long-term software license agreement between the companies.
Sandel Avionics, Vista, Calif., has gained TSO and Part 27 supplemental type certificate (STC) approvals for its class-A HeliTAWS helicopter terrain avoidance and warning system, which includes a proprietary nuisance-alert elimination feature and high-resolution 3-D terrain display.
Sandel Avionics last month delivered its first HeliTaws helicopter terrain safety system, to Metro Aviation of Shreveport, La., for installation in a Eurocopter AS350. Sandel received TSO approval for HeliTaws on August 16. The 3-ATI HeliTaws includes a high-resolution display that retrofits by removing and replacing an existing radar altimeter indicator.
Sandel Avionics last month announced TSO approval for its HeliTaws helicopter terrain warning system. Sandel said that with radio altitude and air-data computer inputs, HeliTaws will meet or exceed the performance of any current Taws for helicopters.
Sandel Avionics is concluding certification flight testing of its helicopter-specific terrain awareness warning system and plans delivery of the H-Taws shortly after FAA TSO approval and certification, which is expected by early April.
Honeywell is offering a new product called “long landing”–an EGPWS software solution, in addition to its new SmartLanding. “Long landings” can result from both stable and unstabilized approaches, according to Michael Grove, Honeywell marketing director for safety and information management surveillance systems.