SoCal Jets, a maintenance and repair facility at the Los Angeles-area Van Nuys Airport, has added avionics service and support. “After one-and-a-half years of writing a new manual and acquiring close to half a million dollars in test equipment, we have a first class avionics department. We can provide everything from high-speed data Internet installations, to cockpit voice recorders and flight data recorders, to a complete EFIS cockpit,”Robert Roig, president and founder, told AIN.
Gama Engineering announced it has completed its 50th EASA STC. The work entailed design and certification of a Garmin G600 EFIS system into a BN Islander used by the Belgian Coastguard. Gama carried out the design work on behalf of ASP Avionics from Belgium, one of many mainland-Europe customers taking advantage of Gama’s proven design and certification experience.
Rosen Aviation is “refreshing” its entire display product line to high-definition, from seven-inch seat monitors to 42-inch bulkhead-mounted variants.
According to Jeff Unger, v-p of engineering and business development, the entire line of display screens will be full high-definition by year-end.
Unger said the Eugene, Ore.-based firm is also keeping a close eye on 3-D technology, including systems that do not require special glasses.
Rosen’s entire line will be on exhibit at this year’s NBAA Convention, to be held from October 30 to November 1 in Orlando.
Vision Systems International (VSI), the joint venture company of Rockwell Collins and Elbit Systems of America, is displaying the advanced helmet-mounted display system (HMDS) of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and other helmet display systems at its Farnborough International airshow.
Raytheon has successfully completed a demonstration of its advanced distributed aperture system (ADAS) and is looking forward to further development of what it believes to be highly promising technology, as it stitches together images from several sensors to provide spherical coverage around the aircraft.
A Lockheed Martin executive reported “lots of progress” in fixing problems associated with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter helmet-mounted display system (HMDS). But the company continues developing an alternate helmet display in case the existing system fails to meet requirements. Critical design reviews of both systems are planned in the fourth quarter.
Lightweight, head-worn displays designed for military aircraft might eventually find a home in commercial cockpits as well. Researchers at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., have developed an eyewear clip-on display for use by pilots during airport surface operations, the subject of recent solicitation to industry for possible commercialization.
JetTech has been awarded a supplemental type certificate for the new Garmin G600 glass-panel EFIS installation modification specifically for the Cessna Citation 500 series (500, 501, 550, 551 and S550). JetTech is now offering kits available through JetTech-approved Garmin-authorized dealers. The installation also includes additional major equipment upgrades such as the replacement of the existing iron vertical and horizontal gyros with an advanced solid-state attitude heading reference system.
Progress has been made in fixing night-vision, latency and jitter problems experienced by pilots using the F-35 Joint Stike Fighter’s helmet-mounted display system (HMDS). But despite the prospect of a solution to this issue, aircraft maker Lockheed Martin also charted a possible alternative course using an HMDS with night-vision goggles (NVGs).
FOCUS on…LAW ENFORCEMENT This year at Heli-Expo there were plenty of examples of helicopters dressed up with law enforcement credentials of every flavor, but it took a keen eye to spot what was new equipment on these hard-working machines. For 2012, companies brought avionics, airborne computer location equipment, air-to-ground microwave receivers and sophisticated, high-power searchlights.