Heli-Expo 2014 brings big news for Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (Booth No. 802). On the heels of its announcement that the company has completed its 800th night vision cockpit modification, including exterior high intensity LED navigation lights and aft cabin lighting just before the show (an AW139 for Construction Helicopters), it also announced that it has a new v-p and chief technology officer, Dr. Joseph Estrera.
Canadian interiors completion provider Innotech Aviation of Montreal and Design Q of London have developed a new concept in cabin lighting: applying Swarovski crystals to variable-color LED cabin lighting panels to create “a unique, industry-first lighting environment.”
The first applications, according to Innotech director of avionics engineering Gesse Sciacca, are being incorporated in a Global, with delivery anticipated before year-end.
Along with illuminating the runway surface for takeoffs and landings, landing lights are important tools for achieving maximum conspicuity–making yourself easily visible to nearby traffic–especially in terminal and high-density traffic areas. Twin Commander Aircraft is offering a kit to upgrade the twin turboprop’s existing landing lights to new high-intensity discharge (HID) lights.
Lockheed Martin (LM) has added a battle management system to its Dragon series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) products as the company continues to offer this wide-ranging set of platform, sensor and communications solutions for export. Meanwhile, the U.S. company is believed to have won a contract from the UAE to integrate the country’s air and missile defenses.
Since the invention of the glass window, the way to prevent glare and heat from the sun was to pull down the shade. With its SPD-Smart window technology, Research Frontiers expects to consign the window shade to the dustbin of history. The U.S. company has licensed Vision Systems (Stand 2639) to produce the windows, and the technology is a highlight of this year’s Dubai Air Show.
To meet increasing demand for electrical power to keep portable electronic devices (PEDs) operating during flight and charged for arrival, a new in-seat power system (ISPS) is on display at NBAA 2013. The new dual-mode EmPower system was developed by Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics Corp. (Booth No. N5129).
Heads Up Technologies, now seeing the rewards of massive new product development over the past several years, is highlighting the first full, end-to-end fiber-optic business jet cabin at this year’s convention (Booth No. N1421).
On Friday, Rockwell Collins unveiled its new EVS-3000 enhanced vision system, which includes a multi-spectral EVS sensor that “significantly improves detection of outside terrain, hazards and obstacles in low-visibility conditions caused by weather phenomena such as fog.” The EVS-3000 also brings the industry-first ability to fully detect LED lighting, which is increasingly being used by airports as a runway lighting solution. It does not require a built-in cooling system, reducing weight.
At the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Lufthansa Technik and Schott presented a new development in cabin lighting systems for aircraft. For the first time, aircraft owners can take advantage of LED technology while avoiding the color changes that occur when LEDs age. The new Nicemood system, which has already been approved for use in aircraft, mixes and regulates the light output of different diodes, for what the developers call significant cost savings compared with traditional lighting and a dramatic improvement in lighting quality.
Revue Thommen unveiled a new, compact searchlight with optional infrared (IR) filtering and laser-designator capability here at Heli-Expo.
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