Cockpit

March 25, 2013 - 1:25pm

A US Airways customer service agent at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is being credited with calling attention to a passenger who attempted to impersonate an Air France pilot as he boarded a flight to West Palm Beach on March 20. The passenger had already caused a fuss over not being allowed to ride in first class. Since he was also wearing a pilot shirt and jacket with epaulets he walked into the cockpit of the waiting aircraft and attempted to take the cockpit jumpseat.

March 6, 2013 - 8:00pm
Sikorsky S-76D cockpit

While Sikorsky was busy unveiling its freshly certified S-76D to an eager Heli-Expo crowd, its partner in avionics Thales Group was nearby at Booth No. C6428 demonstrating the TopDeck integrated avionics system that it developed specifically for the new helicopter.

March 5, 2013 - 9:30pm
 AIS fuel flow signal converter

Shadin Avionics (Booth No. C7027) announced its new AIS fuel flow “behind the glass” system for the new Bell 412EPi at Heli-Expo ’13.

“Shadin continues to invest in our fuel management systems with an emphasis on new products that bring value to the modern cockpit,” said Shadin Avionics project manager Trevor Lund. “We look forward to working with Bell Helicopter owners to improve flight performance and safety.”

March 4, 2013 - 8:41pm

Today at Heli-Expo, MD Helicopters unveiled its Next Generation Cockpit for the MD Explorer, featuring an integrated, single-pilot IFR-capable flight deck from Universal Avionics. The basic system has a two-screen display, with an optional third screen available for the copilot’s position, and is controlled via a center-panel-mounted CDU or via a cursor controlled by a point-and-click button mounted on the cyclic.

March 4, 2013 - 7:45pm

MD Helicopters unveiled at Heli-Expo yesterday its Next Generation Cockpit for the MD Explorer, featuring an integrated, single-pilot IFR-capable flight deck from Universal Avionics.

“It’s a huge upgrade to the aircraft–exactly what customers are asking us for,” said Lynn Tilton, CEO and principal of Patriarch Partners, which owns MD Helicopters. “This is the beginning of great things for the [MD Explorer] 902 on its 20th anniversary.”

March 4, 2013 - 3:45pm
Bell engineers are continuing to develop the fly-by-wire flight controls for the Bell 525 through a system integration lab cockpit simulator in Fort Worth. The helicopter will feature a low-slung instrument panel with four Garmin G5000H screens, futuristic sidesticks and  plunging cockpit side windows for excellent visibility.

The Bell 525 is flying off the coast of California en route to the main runway at Camp Pendleton. I beep the fingertip switch on the sidestick collective to slow for a smooth landing, thanks to the new helicopter’s coupled fly-by-wire (FBW) controls.

February 18, 2013 - 2:00pm

Newly issued airworthiness directive AD 2013-03-07 for the Hawker 400A was prompted by a report that the cockpit wiring for the 5-volt direct current (DC) system on the aircraft is undersized and does not have adequate circuit protection for the smaller gauge wire. The directive, which is effective as of March 19, requires installation of an in-line fuse in the 5-volt DC system for each of the five instrument lighting control power supplies.

February 8, 2013 - 6:17am

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has been demonstrating its latest upgrades for the Dornier 228 twin turboprop at this week’s Aero India show in Bangalore. On display for the first time is a new glass cockpit developed by the Swiss-based Ruag group.

January 14, 2013 - 1:40pm

In a new safety alert for operators (SAFO), the FAA reminds pilots not to depend upon cockpit technology as the primary means to control the aircraft in all situations.

“A recent analysis of flight operations data (including normal flight operations, incidents and accidents) identified an increase in manual handling errors,” said the SAFO, issued on January 4.

December 12, 2012 - 11:20am
VisionSafe’s emergency vision assurance system can help pilots see in a smoke-filled cockpit. When inflated, it forms a clear, smoke-free channel to the windscreen.

On average about three crews every day will face one of pilots’ greatest fears: smoke in the cockpit. Quite often, smoke is easily controlled, by switching off electrical consumers and pulling circuit breakers, for example. But uncontrolled smoke in a cockpit can quickly obscure vital flight instruments, effectively incapacitating the flight crew at a most critical time.

 
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