Weather data specialist Meteorlogix is stepping up efforts to get its line of aviation-related products out in front of corporate pilots. As the biggest provider of weather services to the airlines, the company already has a foothold in aviation, yet it admits that its name is not as well known in business aviation circles as that of its nearest competitor, WSI of Andover, Mass.
In an effort to streamline its GPS/navcom product line, Garmin will rename the CNX80 navigator the GNS 480, according to a spokesman. The new designation positions the panel-mount unit between Garmin’s GNS 430 and GNS 530 products, more than 41,000 of which are flying in various GA aircraft around the world.
With all the recent talk about glass cockpits migrating to light airplanes, it has been an exciting 12 months not only for GA pilots and aviation enthusiasts, but also for avionics installers. The Aircraft Electronics Association’s annual convention was awash in news and unconfirmed talk of new products from the major avionics manufacturers, with much of the attention focused on Garmin and Avidyne, makers of low-end glass cockpits.
Duncan Aviation recently received FAA approval and Honeywell authorization to perform major periodic inspections (MPIs) on the TFE731-20/40/60 turbofan engine. The Lincoln, Neb., company has for more than 20 years been a Honeywell-authorized major service center providing MPIs on the TFE731-2/3/4/5 engines.
General Electric and Honeywell International formally terminated their merger agreement, four months after European regulators rejected the proposed $45 billion deal. The new agreement, which releases both companies from all merger-related legal actions, ends the threat of Honeywell suing GE for allegedly violating the merger agreement by not pushing regulators hard enough.
Owners of Garmin GTX 330 and 330D transponders, which the FAA said are installed in about 1,300 airplanes, must upgrade the equiptment with new software (version 3.03 or later). The upgrade is to correct a problem with the transponder, which can in certain instances issue inaccurate replies to aircraft equipped with traffic-alerting devices. Garmin said it will reimburse GTX 330/330D owners the cost of one hour of labor to perform the update.
Satcom Direct (Booth No. 1949) announced Tuesday the launch of FlightDeck Freedom, a new in-flight datalink communications service that allows customers to choose their own provider.
Asked if he has his house on the market as Piper grapples with the decision on whether to stay in Vero Beach, Fla., or move the entire company to Albuquerque, N.M., or Oklahoma City, Piper Aircraft president and CEO Jim Bass said, “No, I don’t,” and added, “We have no agenda or plan to leave Vero Beach. We have to see if it’s in Piper’s long-term best interest to move.”
The company that has given satcom service providers the most competition in the phone and Internet arena will now compete in the market for airborne flight-information services, too.
Bombardier plans to offer a Rockwell Collins LCD-based head-up guidance system along with its BEVS (Bombardier enhanced-vision system) as an option for the Challenger 605. The package will include the Rockwell Collins HGS-6605 HUD, touted by its manufacturer as offering the “brightest image over the widest field-of-view” of any system on the market.