Universal Avionics has come to Heli-Expo’12 featuring a new high-resolution, flat-panel display for helicopters and its Vision-1 synthetic vision system (SVS) with added guidance features. 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.
Garmin announced the new G5000H helicopter avionics suite at Heli-Expo yesterday, coinciding with Bell’s launch of its largest-ever helicopter, the 525 Relentless. The new helicopter is the launch customer for the G5000H.
The Bell 525 will feature a four-display system and incorporate Bell’s new awareness, react and control (ARC) cockpit. Demonstrations of the G5000H in a 12-inch screen configuration are available at Garmin’s Heli-Expo booth (No. 9432). G5000H displays are also available in 14-inch size.
Honeywell’s 14th annual Turbine-Powered Civilian Helicopter Purchase Outlook report was released today and there was little in it that encourages breaking out the champagne or ordering a new Bentley. In short, it was a mixed review: in general, not so good in the short term, not so bad in the long.
While recent order rates have been healthy and near-term purchase plans remain strong, lingering tight credit conditions and significant inventories of used production models for sale continue to cast a pall on the industry.
The U.S. Army has extended its contract with Rockwell Collins for additional Transportable Black Hawk [helicopter] Operations Simulators (T-BOS) to meet a growing need for bringing training to where soldiers are operating.
The $35 million extension calls for deliveries through 2015. LeAnn Ridgeway, Rockwell Collins v-p and general manager for simulation and training, said, “T-BOS’s mobile nature saves time and resources by taking training to pilots in the field. It is the only U.S. Army-accredited flight training device for the UH-60M aircraft.”
Push-back tugs and taxiing aircraft with engines powered up may well, in a few years, be seen as remnants of the past. Two exhibitors here at the Singapore Airshow are studying electric motors that would drive the aircraft’s wheels on the ground.
Roku recently unveiled a new solution to a better smart TV–the Roku Streaming Stick. The wireless device is about the size of a standard USB flash drive that will plug into MHL-enabled HDMI television ports, allowing it to deliver power and other critical elements for the streaming experience.
Michael Harkins has joined Dallas Airmotive as regional engine manager for the Mid-Atlantic states. An A&P mechanic and IA, he will be responsible for selling repair and overhaul services on the Honeywell TFE731, Honeywell 36 series APU and Pratt & Whitney Canada PW305. His Air Force career culminated as crew chief on the B-52G. Most recently he was director of maintenance for Aero Taxi in New Castle, Del.
The long-awaited marriage of Apple’s iPad and XM WX satellite-delivered weather data is finally here, and the system, offered by Baron Services, the XM WX provider to aviation, works as advertised.
StandardAero has signed an exclusive maintenance agreement with Slovenia’s Adria Airways for its Honeywell RE220 and GTCP36-150RJ APUs. Slovenia’s flag carrier operates four CRJ900s fitted with RE220 APUs and six CRJ100/200s fitted with GTCP36-150RJ APUs. Beyond the manufacturer itself, StandardAero is the only independent maintenance, repair and overhaul provider authorized to service the Honeywell RE220 APU and holds a favorable position in the GTCP36-150RJ APU market. The work will be performed at StandardAero’s Maryville, Tenn. facility.
Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services is no stranger to taking an older airplane from analog to digital. According to principal engineer Greg Smith, the DC-9 cockpit went from “steam gauges” to digital in a matter of four months and the airplane rolled out with a glass cockpit sporting four 10-inch Universal Avionics EFI 890 flat-panel displays; Universal UNS-1LW flight management system; L-3 integrated standby units combining airspeed and attitude in a single unit; and Cobham audio panels.