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Monday, March 1, 2010

New Products

Multifunction PCI Card

North Atlantic Industries (NAI), of Bohemia, N.Y., introduced a Multifunction PCI card. The 76CS3 is suited for automatic test equipment used in the aerospace, defense, industrial and automotive industries, NAI said. The 76CS3 is a single slot card that can be configured for six separate D/S channels at 1.5/2.2 VA, three separate D/S channels at 3.0 VA, or D/S in combination with A/D, D/A, Discrete I/O, TTL I/O, RTD, LVDT/RVDT, S/D or R/D. In addition, it is available with operating temperature ranges of 0°C to +70°C and -40°C to +85°C. For more information on this product, visit www.naii.com.

Mode S Transponder

Trig Avionics, of Edinburgh, Scotland, added a Mode S transponder to its line of products. The new TT22 is based on the TT21 Mode S transponder, with the addition of a higher transmitted output power. The TT22 qualifies as a Class 1 transponder to be used on high performance aircraft those cruising faster than 175 knots and operating above 15,000 feet. The TT22 has EASA ETSO and FAA TSO approval for IFR and VFR flight. It weighs about a pound, and consists of a front panel controller with a separate transponder block. An altitude encoder is built into the controller. Visit www.trig-avionics.com.

Hard Disk

EMS Formation released a new version of its ToughDisk 3500 SATA (TD3500 SATA) Rugged Hard Disk, expanding the storage capacity from 640 GB to 1 TB and improving performance. The device is targeted for applications in in-flight Internet, in-flight video on demand and military surveillance, the company said. The TD3500 can be used as a drop-in COTS replacement of conventional 3.5-inch low-profile drives. It can be used with high-end SAS controllers as well as with any of the embedded SATA ports. Its internal independent disks doubles the medial transfer rate normally available from rugged disks, the company said. Visit www.emsformation.com.

High-Speed Internet

Aircell introduced the ATG 5000 High Speed Internet unit for business aviation. The High Speed Internet package includes an ATG 5000 High Speed Internet line replaceable unit (11 pounds); two belly-mounted blade antennas (1.25 pounds each); and an optional cabin telecommunications router (4 pounds). Visit www.aircell.com.

Helicopter Autopilot

HeliSAS, a two-axis helicopter stability augmentation and autopilot system from Cobham, received FAA supplemental type certification for the Robinson R44. Cobham, of Mineral Wells, Texas, said it is working on other STCs for the Bell 206, Bell 407, Eurocopter AS350 and U.S. Navy TH-57 helicopters. The HeliSAS is a two-axis attitude hold, attitude command, flight control system. It has two basic functions a stability augmentation system to aid with aircraft stability and autopilot outer loop control modes for altitude hold, heading select and navigation sensor coupling. Visit www.cobham.com.

Cockpit Upgrade

Marinvent Corp., of Saint-Bruno, Quebec, upgraded its Piper Super Cheyenne with dual EFI-890R flat-panel displays, Vision-1 Synthetic Vision System and Terrain Awareness and Warning System from Universal Avionics. The upgrade included an Attitude Heading Reference System, air data system, weather radar and traffic collision avoidance system. The integration was completed by Kitchener Aero Avionics, of Breslau, Ontario. Visit www.uasc.com.

Transponder TSO

Becker Avionics received FAA technical standard order (TSO) authorization of its BXP6403 Mode S Transponder Class I and II series. The BXP6403, a single block Mode S transponder, is compatible with existing Mode A/C systems with the addition of a datalink. It is equipped with extended squitter and SI code functions and provides an interface to the central aircraft data system. The transponder provides for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) via extended squitter. Visit www.beckerUSA.com.

CANbus Interface

AIM-USA introduced the AMC825, a CANbus Interface Product designed for ARINC 825 applications. The AMC825, which supports up to 4 CANbus ports, can work as either a CAN node for testing and simulation or in “listening only” mode for the monitoring and recording of avionics CANbus applications, the company said. The four concurrently running CANbus ports are electrically isolated. The AMC825 also includes an IRIG-B time decoder that allows users to synchronize single or multiple modules to a common time source. Visit www.aimusa-online.com.

TCAS AML-STC

Garmin, of Olathe, Kan., was granted FAA an approved model list supplemental type certificate (AML-STC) for its traffic alerting system (TAS) and TCAS I traffic systems the GTS 800, GTS 820 and GTS 850. The initial AML-STC includes about 580 different aircraft makes and models, according to Garmin. The GTS 800 series combines active and passive surveillance data to identify traffic threats. It correlates Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast with radar targets to provide an accurate picture of the sky. The GTS 800 offers 40 watts of transmit power and a range of up to 12 nautical miles. The GTS 820 delivers 250 watts of transmit power and up to 40 nautical miles of interrogation range. The GTS 850 satisfies TCAS I collision avoidance criteria for turboprops and jets. Visit www.garmin.com.

Phased-Array Antenna

King Aerospace, of Addison, Texas, has developed an advanced phased array antenna for airborne applications. The company said it developed, certified and installed the new antenna on a U.S. Air Force E-9A twin turboprop surveillance and telemetry data relay aircraft. Using digital beam forming telemetry technology, the antenna can double the number of targets it can acquire and track up to 10 spatially separated targets travelling at high speed. Visit www.kingaerospace.com.

Databus Package

National Hybrid Inc. (NHI), Ronkonkoma, N.Y., and Pulse Engineering of San Diego, jointly developed the Bus+ (pronounced Bus Plus), a Mil-Std-1553 data bus that combines a transceiver and transformer into a single package. Bus+ is designed for avionics and defense applications requiring components that are high density and highly reliable, yet compact and low power, the companies said. Bus+ operates with a +5 VDD or +3.3 VDD power supply, +/-5 percent. It measures 0.4-inch by 0.4-inch by 0.185-inch, and is available with an industrial operating temperature range from -40°C to +85°C or a military operating temperature range of -55°C to +125°C. Visit www.nationalhybrid.com.

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