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.
Elbit Systems is launching two new products this week at Heli-Expo: SkyVis and Clearvision Heli EVS. SkyVis combines Elbit’s helmet-mounted display with commercially certifiable line-of-sight and daytime head-up display capabilities, day or night, with or without night-vision goggles, in all phases of flight and in marginal weather. Clearvision Heli EVS is a multi-spectral enhanced vision system designed for helicopters that provides improved situational awareness. It offers a 35-degree field of view and is designed to help pilots cope with low-visibility conditions.
F-35 test pilots will begin flying this year with a third-generation helmet-mounted display system (HMDS) that incorporates modifications to the earlier-generation display system, which pilots deemed insufficient for missions the Joint Strike Fighter will perform. Last October, after testing the fixes over the course of two years, the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) gained enough confidence in the new “Gen 3” system to stop the development of an alternate helmet-mounted display.
The FAA has directed its investigators and staff to pursue stiffer penalties for people who purposefully point laser devices at aircraft. Shining a laser at an airplane can temporarily blind the pilots, resulting in a safety issue. The number of reported laser incidents nationwide rose to 3,592 last year from 2,836 in 2010.
Dallas Airmotive is expanding its field service support for the Honeywell HTF7000 by acquiring the tooling and inventory from Consolidated Turbine Support of Mesa, Ariz. The tooling and inventory, along with the mobile response technicians, will be based at Dallas Airmotive’s Phoenix regional turbine center and provide 24-hour response coordinated through the company’s F1rst Support network.
1800Endoscope.com is displaying its new 1800TVS4 portable borescope at Booth No. C6915. List priced at $999 plus shipping and handling, the four-millimeter, battery-powered, palm-sized unit has a built-in high-resolution display. Here at the NBAA show, the company is accepting entries for a drawing, the winner of which will receive a 1800HS Handyscope borescope, a $300 value. The drawing takes place at 4 p.m.
Night Flight Concepts (Booth No. 3428) has announced an online course to educate flight crews about the growing threat from laser strikes. According to the FAA, the number of laser strikes directed at aircraft cockpits continues to increase, causing loss of situational awareness, flash blindness and retinal damage.
Since almost one third of helicopter accidents with fatal casualties are caused by impact with obstacles and cables, developing and improving anti-collision systems against low-visibility obstacles is clearly a key objective for avionics specialists. Finmeccanica’s Selex Communications has had success with various military users of its laser obstacle avoidance and monitoring (LOAM) system since introducing it in 2000.
Hard-to-access places on helicopter engines and airframes are easier to inspect with the proper borescope, and Borescopes-R-Us is exhibiting its new 4-mm portable videoscope at Booth No. 2816. The new Borescopes-R-Us PVS-2-4-1300 portable videoscope features two-way articulation and image-capture capability, for $5,995.
Everest VIT lays claim to developing the world’s smallest, fully articulated video borescope, the 3.9-mm diameter XL PRO. The device, the latest in the Flanders, N.J. company’s line of remote visual inspection (RVI) systems, is being introduced to NBAA ’02 attendees at the Everest exhibit (Booth No. 4033).
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