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.
A high-definition (HD) camera system deserves an HD display and DVR to fully achieve the sensor’s full capability. So says Atlanta-area-based Flight Displays Systems, at Booth No. 2811 to demonstrate its line of HD cockpit monitors. They function with FLIR, L-3 Wescam, Axsys and other camera systems.
Erickson Air-Crane and Stilwell Baker Inc. (SBI) have jointly developed and certified a modernized automatic flight control system (AFCS) for the Sikorsky S-64F heavy-lift helicopter, using an unusual reversal of the all-digital approach to avionics. Erickson has contracted with SBI for the latter to supply production AFCS hardware to equp the 16 S-64s in the Erickson fleet.
Stories about organic light-emitting diode (Oled) monitors began to sprout about five years ago. Since then, the technology has advanced, albeit slowly, as the screens began appearing on smartphones and tablets and cabin control devices. Now, LG Electronics has launched a 55-inch Oled television panel, and it won’t be long before someone will have it certified for installation on business jets.
Flight Display Systems president David Gray and director of international sales Nick Gray were at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas scouting new technologies that could be brought into the aircraft cabin, including 3-D flat-screen TVs, organic LED displays and holographic displays. The pair produced a video highlighting the new products they found interesting on the show floor at CES 2012.
Phoenix Heliparts and Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the Evolution flight display system, are preparing to receive an FAA supplemental type certificate for the installation of Aspen’s H-series primary flight displays (PFD) and multifunction flight displays (MFD) in the MD500. Aspen’s H-series PFD and MFD systems are designed and manufactured specifically for the helicopter operational environment.
Following developmental issues with the Joint Strike Fighter’s helmet display that were raised earlier this year, the F-35 Joint Program Office is faced with making a decision this summer on whether to procure an interim helmet/display to use with standard night-vision goggles.