Despite last month’s conclusion by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a joint panel of nine federal agencies, that LightSquared’s plan for a 4G broadband system could not coexist with GPS and should therefore be folded by March 2, the company appealed to the FCC for a 30-day extension to prove its concept is still valid.
Auburn University has selected Southeast Aerospace, of Melbourne, Fla., to develop an ADS-B STC for the Cessna 172S, which will also include an approved model list (AML) STC for ADS-B installations in a variety of similar aircraft models. The Auburn installation includes FreeFlight’s Rangr ADS-B out system, which is a 978 MHz UAT (universal access transceiver) solution. The system includes the FreeFlight FDL-978-TX Rangr UAT, TC-987 control head, RF decoder, 1201 GPS/Waas receiver, two L-band antennas and a GPS/Waas antenna.
Garmin received an STC for installation of the G500H helicopter avionics system in the Robinson R44. The installation requires a 10-hole instrument panel. For R44s with the seven- or nine-hole panel, a custom panel is available from Garmin, or customers can purchase one from Robinson. The G500H price is $24,995, and optional helicopter synthetic vision technology adds $8,000. The installation requires a $500 parts kit, and the custom Garmin instrument panel costs $4,500.
Raytheon and Northrop Grumman are developing new systems and concepts for close air support using an unmanned version of the twin-engine A-10 Thunderbolt II. The companies received contracts worth $7 million each in April 2011 under phase one of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program.
Honeywell is to supply avionics suites for South Korean low-cost carrier Jeju Air’s new fleet of Boeing 737-800s. The contract covers six aircraft that are due for delivery between 2013 and 2017. The cockpit equipment includes Quantum Line communications/navigation sensors, airborne collision avoidance systems (ACAS II), flight data acquisition and management. Also included are IntuVue 3-D weather radars, which have demonstrated “a 50-percent reduction in turbulence-related incidents,” claimed Honeywell.
ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services China has been appointed as the authorized Honeywell avionics dealer in mainland China. Under the agreement, ExecuJet will promote, sell and support the full range of Honeywell’s avionics products, warranties and protection plans for Chinese business jets. “This partnership gives customers more local and readily available technical support and parts for Honeywell avionics, thereby reducing operator costs and aircraft downtime,” said ExecuJet.
ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services China, which provides maintenance, technical support and aircraft-on-the-ground services in Tianjin and Beijing, has been appointed an authorized avionics dealer for Honeywell in mainland China. Under the agreement, the Tianjin-based business aviation specialist will promote, sell and support the full range of Honeywell’s avionics products, warranties and protection plans for Chinese business jets.
Universal Avionics is highlighting a new high-resolution, flat-panel display for helicopters and its Vision-1 synthetic vision system (SVS) with added guidance features this week at Heli-Expo. The EFI-890H with rotorcraft-specific symbology, including Vision-1+ SVS, is the centerpiece of a newly integrated digital flight deck destined for five Republic of Panama Bell 212s. The avionics retrofit system addresses the unique requirements of helicopter operators, including the capability for IFR operations in both Part 27 and Part 29 airframes.
Rockwell Collins has delivered its Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS) for installation on two Sikorsky S-61 helicopters. The installation was accomplished through a collaborative effort with Toronto-based Vector Aerospace in early 2011, and was STC’d in June.
Garmin announced the new G5000H helicopter avionics suite at Heli-Expo today, coinciding with the launch of the Bell 525 Relentless. The new helicopter is the launch customer for the G5000H. According to Garmin, the Bell 525 will feature a four-display system and incorporate Bell’s new awareness, reactive and control (ARC) cockpit. Garmin is displaying the G5000H in a 12-inch screen configuration this week at Heli-Expo, but displays are also available in 14-inch size.