The display systems division of L-3 Communications has unveiled a new 6.5-inch color multifunction display that is designed to interface with TCAS, TAWS, weather radar, moving maps and video. Targeted at the air-transport and business-aircraft markets, the PVI 600 is scheduled for certification and first deliveries late this year.
Quebec-based avionics manufacturer Amphitech International last month received limited Canadian STC approval to install its OASys wire- and obstacle-detection radar aboard a Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil. The helicopter, operated by Heli-Express, was to embark on an eastern U.S.
Effective February 20, the /F suffix for aircraft equipped with single FMSs has been revised to account for advanced Rnav equipment.
“What makes our system unique is that it is based on a simple personal computer network that ties all of the components together,” Mike Altman, CEO of Mather, Calif.-based Precision Flight Controls, told AIN. “That allows it to be a cost-effective jet trainer. Depending on the exact configuration, the price ranges from about $125,000 to $150,000.”
Raytheon Aircraft Services in Atlanta received an STC to upgrade existing Hawker 700A and 700B height-keeping equipment to digital altimeters with data-acquisition units to meet RVSM requirements. The installed cost averages $112,000. Downtime is about three weeks (less if the aircraft already has an air-data computer). Another RVSM option for Hawker 700As and 700Bs is Midcoast Aviation.
Certain operators of the Learjet 30 and Falcon 10/100 series are eligible to receive a free upgrade that converts their Honeywell TFE731-2 engines to -2C versions.
In a move that appeared to bring Raytheon a step closer to concluding its intention to take control of the operations of fractional jet provider Flight Options, company chairman and CEO Kenn Ricci stepped down last month and was replaced by John Nahill, formerly v-p of corporate strategy and development at Raytheon Co. He was named chairman and CEO in a unanimous vote by the nine-member board.
Duncan Aviation was recently awarded an STC for the Innovative Solutions & Systems air-data computer in the Gulfstream II. The ADC is RVSM compliant and is a key component of the full RVSM certification package the Battle Creek, Mich. company is developing for the GII. No further details were available at press time.
Starting with S/N 70, Premier Is being delivered are approved for operation in RVSM airspace. An RVSM modification kit is available at no charge for retrofit to all customers of earlier Premier Is. Reduced vertical separation minimum airspace is now in effect for typical cruising, altitudes in Europe, across the North Atlantic and the North Pacific, and will take effect in the U.S. in January 2005.
Nearly 40,000 Kidde Aerospace halon fire extinguishers will have to be removed from service, under a proposed airworthiness directive. The FAA said the discharge time of the handheld units (part number 898052 and serial number of W-389653 or lower in units built between 1995 and 2002) exceeds the maximum allowable discharge time due to an allegedly crimped siphon tube.