Thursday, October 1, 2009
North Atlantic Industries (NAI), of Bohemia, N.Y., released a 3U, cPCI DC/DC converter, 55MQ2, which provides 150 watts of output power at full load over its operating temperature range of -55°C to +85°C (conduction cooled and measured at card edge). This rugged design is ideally suited for military airborne, shipboard and ground applications, the company said. The 55MQ2 is designed and manufactured to NAVSO P3641 component derating guidelines. It contains an integrated EMI filter compliant with MIL-STD-461E. Its input is compliant with transient requirements of MIL-STD-704A through E, and is available with optional compliance for MIL-STD-1275. It fits standard 3U cPCI or VPX 0.8-inch pitch. Additional features include remote error sensing, short circuit protection, current limiting and overvoltage protection. Visit www.naii.com.
Cobham Avionics-Artex Products, of Aurora, Ore., introduced two Navigation Interface units compatible with the Artex ME406 ELT. The ME-232 and ME-183 units are designed to be connected between an aircraft’s GPS receiver and ME406 beacon. The units are compatible with both console mounted and handheld GPS devices. Visit www.artex.net.
Flight Deck Retrofit
Avidyne Corp., Lincoln, Mass., said its Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck (IFD) system will be available as a retrofit upgrade for existing Entegra-equipped Piper PA-46 Meridian, Mirage and Matrix aircraft. The Release 9 retrofit includes three XGA high-resolution IFD5000 displays; dual-redundant FMS900w systems with FMS control/display unit; digital VHF NAV/COM radios and dual WAAS/RNP-capable GPS receivers. Visit www.avidyne.com.
EDMO Distributors, of Spokane, Wash., a distributor of avionics, test equipment and pilot supplies, is now carrying Battery MINDers from VDC Electronics, of Englewood, N.J. EDMO carries four models of Battery MINDers — a 24-Volt 4A and 12-Volt 8A version of a Charger-Maintainer-Desulfator-Conditioner; the Gill LT Series 24-Volt 4A Charger-Maintainer-Desulfator-Conditioner; and the Odyssey-Specific Plug ‘n Run Aviation Specific version of the 12-Volt Maintenance Charger-Desulfator-Conditioner. Visit www.edmo.com.
SpaceAge Control, of Palmdale, Calif., was selected by Composite Engineering, Inc. (CEi) to provide miniature pitot probes for CEi subscale target systems. These air data probes provide the primary total pressure information required by the aerial target. The 4392-series product was designed for CEi’s requirements, addressing the requirements of long-duration, smaller-sized aircraft such as UAVs and very light jets. Visit www.spaceagecontrol.com.
Becker Avionics, of Rheinmünster, Germany, introduced the AR6201 — a VHF-AM transceiver with 8.33 kHz channel spacing and integrated voice activated intercom system for up to four passengers. The AR6201 uses digital signal processing (DSP) technology, and operates on a frequency range of 118.000 MHz to 136.990 MHz with selectable channel spacing of 25kHz or 8.33 kHz. A voltage meter and Outside Air Temperature readout with optional temperature sensor is built in. It is mountable in a 2 ¼ inch standard instrument hole. Visit www.becker-avionics.com.
Garmin, of Olathe, Kan., is adding standard features to its G600 avionics suite, including synthetic vision and the GAD 43 adapter, providing autopilot attitude reference. Other enhancements to the G600 include support for the optional Garmin GWX 68 weather radar system. Garmin will make available a TAWS-B compliant terrain awareness system option. Visit www.garmin.com.
Derco Aerospace, of Milwaukee, signed a global distribution agreement with Cobra Systems, of Arlington Heights, Ill., to distribute Cobra Systems’ line of pitot static test equipment, pitot covers, hose grip assemblies and test boxes. Visit www.dercoaerospace.com.
Moving Map Upgrade
Flight Display Systems, Alpharetta, Ga., added new features to its Flight Display Moving Map product. The free upgrades include a worldwide satellite image database and increased video quality. Visit www.flightdisplaysystems.com.
Williams Air Parts, of Lowell, Mich., received FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) and Alternative Means of Compliance for circuit breaker switches in Hawker Beechcraft planes affected by AD 2008-13-17. The switch, used in jet and military aircraft, is made to MIL-C-5809. Visit www.williamsairpower.com.
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing is developing a family of rugged, single board computers (SBC) based on Freescale’s QorIQ P4080 eight-core communications processor. The SBCs will be designed for the military and aerospace markets. Visit www.cwcontrols.com.
Piaggio Service Center
West Star Aviation’s East Alton, Ill., facility contracted with Piaggio Aero to become an authorized service center. West Star Aviation is capable of complete maintenance and modification services on all Piaggio P-180 Avanti products. Visit www.weststaraviation.com.
Skyquest Aviation, based in Berkshire, U.K., unveiled a high-definition video recorder targeted for the airborne surveillance sector. The company said the recorder is 10 percent the size and weight of the equivalent commercial device, and allows a full mission’s worth of HD video to be stored on a standard compact flash card. The Skyquest VRDV-5000 series recorder is interchangeable with its SD equivalent, the VRDV-3000, the company said. Visit www.skyquest.com.
DIT-MCO International, of Kansas City, Mo., released Model 2115 NetLink, a bench-top system providing networking connectivity of wire harness test operations. NetLink’s Ethernet feature will be standard with all new DIT-MCO systems. The company said NetLink helps share test resources across a LAN and offers a way to build a comprehensive data base of test results. Visit www.ditmco.com.
Z Microsystems, of San Diego, introduced its Intelligent Display Series with real-time enhanced video. The LCDs use a FPGA for image enhancement algorithms for live video surveillance feeds applicable to UAVs, the company said. The image enhancement algorithm brings out the detail from images degraded by poor visibility or atmospheric interference. The edge detection algorithm highlights details for surveillance and bomb damage assessment. The displays are designed for military environments, including shock, vibration, EMI, temperature and humidity. Visit www.zmicro.com.
National Instruments, based in Austin, Texas, introduced NI-XNET CAN and FlexRay embedded network interfaces, which help aerospace and automotive engineers prototype, simulate and test next-generation FlexRay and controller area network (CAN) devices and networks, the company said. The NI-XNET platform consists of 14 new high-performance PCI- and PXI-based interfaces for FlexRay and CAN and a universal API for rapid application development. Visit www.ni.com.
AD Aerospace, of Cheshire, U.K., appointed United Interiors International as agent for its FlightVu range of products for Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltic States. Visit www.ad-aero.com.