Wednesday, June 1, 2005
Waytek, Chanhassen, Minn., has released its braided polyester yarn, expandable sleeving for bundling wires and protecting hoses. The sleeving, which comes in standard and heavy wall versions, slips over tubes or wire harnesses when bunched and can then be stretched back to normal size. Visit www.waytekwire.com.
M/A-COM, Lowell, Mass., has released a line of miniature tactical telemetry modules (TTMs) for medium-power, embedded telemetry applications. The TTMs are ruggedized and designed for military use or other applications in harsh environments. Visit www.macom.com.
Mechtronix Systems, Montreal, has received Level D certification for its Boeing 737-800 Ascent full flight simulator. The device will be installed at the Simulation Training Center of the Civil Aviation Flight University of China in Guanghan. Visit www.mechtronix.ca.
Data Link Service
Avidyne Corp., Lincoln, Mass., has launched its FlightCenter data link-enabled services. Available on the ground and in the air, the services provide users with flight tracking and two-way text messaging. Visit www.avidyne.com.
New from Avionica Inc., Miami, comes its ARINC-717 miniQAR (quick access recorder) with dual ARINC 429 ports. The small (5.5-ounce/155.9-gram) device can access data from multiple aircraft data buses and record it on solid state memory. Visit www.avionica.com.
Cockpit Door Monitoring
AD Aerospace, Cheshire, UK, has launched a new cockpit door monitoring system (CDMS) for commercial aircraft, the CabinVu-123. The system is more flexible, easier to install and lower in cost than the company's previous systems, AD Aerospace says. The CDMS complies with the recently released EUROCAE ED-123 standard and offers airlines a way to meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standard (13.2.3(b) of Annex 6).
CabinVu-123 reduces the number of line replaceable units (LRUs) in the basic layout by half, compared with earlier systems (six vs. 12), creating a simpler installation kit. The 6-inch display and control panel are located in the center pedestal of the cockpit, while the video switching unit has been moved to the cabin overhead in order to save room in the avionics bay and reduce installation time. The new CabinVu system also simplifies the selection of camera views by using a toggle switch to cycle through them. When the system is in a twin-monitor configuration, users can independently select camera views.
The CabinVu system's cameras are flush-mounted to the interior of the cabin and include infrared illuminators that allow the door area to be viewed even when cabin lights have been turned off. They also help to reduce the silhouetting effects that occur during backlit situations.
The CDMS allows the video switching unit to link to as many as eight cameras, two monitors and two control panels. This permits custom configurations that can be tailored to specific aircraft or airline requirements. The CabinVu-123 is covered by supplemental type certificates (STCs) for the B737-200 to -900, B747, B757, B767, DC-10, Fokker 70/100, MD-80 and A330. Visit www.ad-aero.com.
Molex Inc., Lisle, Ill., has developed the HyperJack 1000, a Gigabit Power over Ethernet module. It provides Power over Ethernet management embedded in an RJ-45 connector. The HyperJack 1000 comes in multiple-port configurations and has a temperature range of -40 to 125 degrees C. It can be used in various commercial, industrial and military applications. Visit www.molex.com.
The JetLAN AR230 from Pentar Avionics, Bothell, Wash., is the company's next-generation airborne network router. It allows aircraft with high-speed data satcom systems to share the connection with multiple onboard users. The JetLAN AR230 features dual processors, a wireless access point, and a 9-port Ethernet switch in a package weighing 6 pounds (2.7 kg). The company claims that adding the router to any satcom system creates a wireless cabin. Visit www.pentar.com.
Condor Engineering, Santa Barbara, Calif., has released BusTools/GSS, a simulation and analysis software tool. It was designed for systems integration environments that need complex, multiprotocol bus data represented with graphics. The Windows program can control and correlate multiple network systems such as Mil-Std-1553, ARINC 429 and STANAG 3910 in one application. It provides a structured, generic interface for the protocols, which allows a set of graphical user interface (GUI) tools and signals to be used. The interface also is used by the scripting tool, which allows users to customize the display and operations, while focusing on testing and analysis. Visit www.condoreng.com.
Sporty's Pilot Shop, Batavia, Ohio, has added a rate-of-climb function to the E6B line of flight computers. The new function is available on the Electronic and Palm E6Bs, and will be available on the Flat E6B within a year. Visit www.sportys.com.
VXI Slot-0 Controller
KineticSystems Co., Lockport, Ill., has released its new VXI slot-0 controller. The V153 is a single-width, C-size module with an embedded Pentium 4 processor. It features two Ethernet controllers that support 10BaseT, 100BaseT and 1000BaseT interfaces and has 1.7-GHz and 2.2-GHz clocking options. It is used in aerospace and aircraft testing, data acquisition and control, and automatic test equipment. The V153 can also be used as a VXI-based processor in non-slot-0 applications. Visit www.kscorp.com.
From Stevens Aviation, Greenville, S.C., comes its new Elite in-flight customized entertainment package. It features CD and DVD players, satellite radio, moving map, a 10-inch display and four 5-by-7-inch monitors. Also included is an optional, pyramid-shaped cabinet that can be installed in aircraft, when existing cabinets provide insufficient space. Visit www.stevensaviation.com.
BEI Systron Donner Inertial Division, Concord, Calif., has released a single-axis micro electromechanical systems (MEMS)-based quartz angular rate sensor. The Low Cost Gyro 50 series (LCG50) comes on a small PC board module and includes its own mounting hardware. The LCG50 series is designed for embedded applications such as short-term navigation, flight testing, instrumentation and guidance and control systems. Visit www.systron.com.
From CPS Corp., Chartley, Mass., comes aluminum silicon carbide (AlSiC) base plates. The metal matrix composite can be used as a thermal management material in power control and fly-by-wire applications. Visit www.alsic.com.
Gallium Software Inc., Ottawa, Ontario, has released InterMAPhics JE, a Java version of its human-computer interface (HCI) software suite. The real-time mapping and tracking software brings the 2D and 3D geographic visualization of the original InterMAPhics to Java environments. InterMAPhics JE can be used for air traffic control and defense systems. Visit www.gallium.com.
Aeroflex Inc., Plainview, N.Y., has added a new emergency locator transmitter (ELT) capability to its IFR 4000 navigation communications ramp test set. The new option allows users to forego a separate emergency locator beacon test set. The ELT provides support for aeronautical beacons, emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) and personal locator beacons. Visit www.aeroflex.com.
Paperless Cockpit, Memphis, Tenn., offers a display for its FliteServ electronic flight bags (EFBs). The E-Board C3 uses Light-Pipe technology to provide 1,300 NITs, or candelas per square meter, of brightness with a 400-to-1 contrast ratio. It comes in 8.4- and 10.4-inch versions and with yoke- and side-mount installation kits, as well as the standard kneeboard display mount. Visit www.paperlesscockpit.com.
All Weather Inc., Sacramento, Calif., offers its ACE-IDS 2.0., a new air traffic control display system. The ACE-IDS hardware uses the StormFront software engine, which provides real-time data collection, dissemination and display, and is compatible with Windows, Solaris, Unix and Linux. ACE-IDS 2.0 allows users at airports and radar control facilities to design custom display pages for different operational needs. Visit www.allweather.com.
Pentek Inc., Upper Saddle River, N.J., now offers a new version of its 16-channel, multiband receiver PCI mezzanine card (PMC). Model 7131-702 has two 14-bit, 105-MHz analog-to-digital converters and four quad digital receivers along with Virtex-II field programmable gate array (FPGA) technology that provides more than 2 million gates for user customization. The convection-cooled PMC is designed for software radio applications. Visit www.pentek.com.
The new Mini Gyro 4200 series of electric attitude indicators from Mid-Continent Instruments, Wichita, Kan., features a 2-inch attitude gyro. The 4200 can be used as a primary or standby artificial horizon in both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. The product offers 2,500 hours of service life, according to Mid-Continent. Visit www.mcico.com.
From Sypris Data Systems Inc., San Dimas, Calif., comes its Model 600 wideband, single-channel data recorder. The Model 600 comprises a Pentium-based host computer that runs a Linux operating system, a PCI transceiver card, and a suite of user interface software. Recording a baseband or 70-MHz intermediate frequency (IF) analog interface, it is intended for applications such as signal analysis and waveform generation and signal intelligence collection and analysis. Visit www.syprisdatasystems.com.
Acqiris, Monroe, N.Y., now offers dual- and single-channel 6U CompactPCI streamer analyzers, the SC240 and the SC210, which provide streaming rates of 25 Gbits/s via an optical data link. It uses the company's XLFidelity and JetSpeed chipset technology, which was designed for use with mass storage devices and post-processing engines. Visit www.acqiris.com.