Aviation’s first two-in-one traffic and terrain awareness and warning system gained TSO authorization early last month, clearing the way for the first installations of the device, probably in May. Approval of T2CAS, a $170,000 (list price) safety system that combines TCAS 2000 with a class-A TAWS in a single box, represents the first certification of a product from Phoenix-based ACSS, a joint company owned by L-3 Communications and Thales.
Traffic Collision Avoidance System
It’s the sort of problem that any avionics equipment supplier would be happy to have. With a current backlog of some 36 systems, Gulfstream has asked Kollsman of Merrimack, N.H., to increase production of the company’s infrared-sensor-based enhanced vision system (EVS), now certified in a variety of Gulfstreams.
The Hawker 700 has joined the list of business airplanes to benefit from the addition of retrofit Pro Line 21 Continuum avionics from Rockwell Collins. Elliott Aviation of Moline, Ill., performed the first installation of the Continuum cockpit in a Hawker 700, a package that included five FDS-2000 (seven-inch-diagonal) displays, TCAS 4000 and TWR-850 turbulence-detection weather radar.
Facing a requirement to pay down debt related to its $1.5 billion purchase of TRW Aeronautical Systems late last year, Goodrich has struck a deal to sell its avionics business to New York-based L-3 Communications. Valued at $188 million, the transaction now awaits regulatory approval, understood to be more or less a formality.
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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.
Starting next year, Raytheon will offer the Goodrich Sky Watch HP collision avoidance system as a standard option on the King Air B200 and 350. No price was immediately available, but the Sky Watch HP as a traffic advisory system carries a list price of about $28,915 uninstalled. The unit can also be installed as a TCAS I. Installed in the King Air, the system will be displayed on the airplane’s Goodrich Stormscope CRT.
Citation Excel initial and recurrent pilot training is now available at SimuFlite in Dallas. Training is available as a 14-day initial program or a four-day recurrent course on the company’s new Excel simulator, which received FAA level-D approval in August. The simulator is equipped with Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics, including Primus 880 weather radar. The simulator also features TCAS II and EGPWS.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) said two business jets had to take evasive action at 28,000 feet and about 60 miles northeast of Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon to avoid the possibility of colliding while en route to Las Vegas McCarran Airport. The incident involved a NetJets Cessna Citation X and a Learjet 60.
One of the newest ATC techniques is multilateration, where several small unattended receiving stations are dispersed around an airport to monitor transponder and TCAS transmissions from aircraft in the area. The received signals are then computer processed to pinpoint the exact location and identity of each aircraft.