Universal Avionics (Booth No. 4359) yesterday introduced a new cockpit voice and flight data recorder (CVFDR) with internal recorder independent power supply (RIPS). The CVFDR records up to 25 hours of flight data and 120 minutes of datalink messages.
Terrain awareness and warning system
It is impossible to ignore the role technology has played in making the art of powered, heavier-than-air flight incrementally safer for the successive generations of aviators who have laid witness to a remarkable 100-year history.
At last month’s Paris Air Show, Rockwell Collins announced certification by U.S. and Canadian authorities of the company’s Pro Line 21 cockpit in the super-midsize Bombardier Challenger 300. The flight deck contains four 12- by 10-inch LCDs and integrates a number of advanced technologies, including TCAS II and TAWS, as standard. Options include turbulence-detection weather radar and 3-D FMS navigation maps.
Sandel Avionics of Vista, Calif., this month anticipates receiving the initial TSO and STC approvals from the FAA certifying the company’s ST 3400, a self-contained terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) with integrated radio magnetic indicator (RMI).
Cessna has selected Max-Viz (Booth No. 3164) to provide its dual IR sensor-based enhanced vision system (EVS) as an option aboard the Citation X and Sovereign. The EVS-2000 will be offered beginning in 2003 on new Citation X and Sovereign aircraft, as well as a retrofit to Citation Xs already in service.
Calling the market entry of his company’s ST3400 TAWS (terrain awareness and warning system) in June a needed boost to the avionics industry’s capacity, Gerry Block, president of Sandel Avionics, said Monday at NBAA ‘02 that “interest and orders are increasing at a gratifying rate.” He added, “As you may know, we are nearing the point where industry will literally be out of the capacity to install the necessary number of TAWS between now and
Wichita-based Mid-Continent Instruments is featuring six new versions of its MD41 terrain awareness system controller at Booth No. 866. These units are designed to satisfy an FAA mandate to place terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) annunciation and mode selection within the pilot’s direct field of view.
Top executives of Elliott Aviation enthused at an NBAA 2002 press conference Monday about a number of new developments of the venerable family-owned corporate sales and technical services company, not the least of which is the rapidly approaching opening of its new completion center at Quad Cities Airport in Moline, Ill.
Terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) manufacturers being sued for patent infringement by Honeywell have started to fight back. On Monday, Universal Avionics Systems Corp. filed a counterclaim in the U.S. District Court in Delaware alleging that Honeywell is “attempting to monopolize” the TAWS market with its patent lawsuit filed last spring.
Jet Aviation at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), West Palm Beach, Fla., has done that facility’s first installation and STC approval for Universal Avionics terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) and flight management system (FMS). “Although we have been installing other brands, this is the first time that the Universal (equipment) was installed here at West Palm Beach,” said Brian Wilson, avionics manager.