First-time Heli-Expo exhibitor Archangel Systems is demonstrating tiny FAA-approved attitude heading reference systems (AHRS) designed for helicopter avionics upgrades at Booth No. N5532. The company also announced a major win yesterday, the selection of its AHR150A ADAHRS by MD Helicopters for the OEM’s new Universal Avionics integrated flight deck in the MD Explorer. “This is a brand new integrated cockpit system, and this is a first for Archangel,” said CEO Michael Greene.
Atlantic Inertial Systems (AIS) has introduced a new generation of ruggedized solid-state inertial MEMS (micro electromechanical systems). The system improves noise performance and halves the bias of a current inertial measurement unit or single-axis rate sensor. This makes them compatible with long-endurance missions, the company claims.
According to a leading supplier of advanced microelectronics, design engineers in the defense industry should follow the automotive industry and be more willing to adopt commercially available technologies.
Researchers at the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Purdue’s Discovery Park and at the Sadeghi mechanical engineering laboratory have developed tiny wireless sensors resilient enough to survive the harsh conditions inside jet engines.
The European Union is about to launch a massive seven-year, ?1.6 billion ($2 billion) research program dubbed Clean Sky, which will include developing six demonstrators for greener technologies. The European Council of Ministers is expected to formally adopt the comprehensive project next month.
Bell Helicopter has selected a variety of Honeywell avionics for its light-twin Model 429, highlighted by the new solid-state KSG-7200 air-data attitude heading reference system (ADAHRS). Derived from Honeywell air transport and business jet technology, the system features miniaturized electromechanical sensors (MEMS) rather than legacy spinning gyros and accelerometers.