Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Airborne IP Recorders
Acra Control Inc., of Hollywood, Md., introduced a range of compact airborne IP recorder products that capture Ethernet packets from onboard networks. The recorders are built using open industry standard setup protocols, storage medias and file formats, Acra said.
Data is stored on a solid-state hard disk cartridge with a SATA interface or on CompactFlash card formatted as a regular FAT32 volume. The files can be accessed instantly and used without custom software using a PC with standard connectors and off-the-shelf readers. The recorder utilizes different options to meet customer specific needs, with logging speed available from 64Mbps to 400Mbps and variants with different color, display/mounting and storage medium configurations, the company said. Visit www.acracontrol.com.
Positronic’s PosiBand Contact system received AS39029 approval. The specification covers a range of high reliability crimp connector contacts for use in military and aerospace applications. The PosiBand system is suitable for any application requiring rugged connectors, and is available with crimp and PCB mount terminations, including press-fit. Visit connectpositronic.com.
Honeywell released a version of its Bendix/King by Honeywell AV8OR handheld GPS for helicopter operators. The AV8OR is a portable, touch-screen unit for use in the car or in the air, with real-time weather capability, moving-map navigation and video-in capability. Its 4.3-inch screen can display weather from Honeywell’s KDR 610 or WxWorx portable receiver, and traffic from Zaon Flight Systems’ XRX portable traffic receiver. The moving map display incorporates helicopter symbology, low altitude helicopter routes, helipads and controlled airspace. Visit www.honeywell.com.
PS Engineering, of Lenoir City, Tenn., added features to its PMA8000B audio panel, including Monitor Mode, Multiple Music Muting Modes, user-selectable Telephone sidetone, and selectable music for the pilot while in ISO mode. The Monitor mode allows the pilot to designate one comm radio as primary, while having the second comm as the secondary audio source. Visit www.ps-engineering.com.
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing introduced SVME/DMV-186, a rugged 6U VME64 single board computer. The SVME/DMV-186, powered by Freescale’s QorIQ P4080 family of processors, provides up to eight Power Architecture processor cores and associated data-path acceleration logic, network and peripheral bus interfaces. It is ideal for embedded military applications including tactical aircraft, armored vehicles or rugged naval systems, the company said. Visit www.cwcembedded.com.
Moving Map Updates
Rockwell Collins released updated software for its Airshow 4000 Moving Map. The Version 2 software features 3D enhancements and adds a new graphical design utilizing NASA’s Blue Marble map data based on satellite imagery. Visit www.rockwellcollins.com.
Data Bus Terminal
National Hybrid Inc. released Terminal+, a 1553 databus product that offers a multi-protocol databus interface with integrated transformers. It can function as a simultaneous monitor/remote terminal, a programmable bus controller, a remote terminal or a bus monitor, the company said. It supports Mil-Std-1553 and Mil-Std-1760 functionality. The Terminal+ component measures 1.05-inch by 0.75-inch by 0.185-inch with an operating temperature of -67°F to 257°F. Visit www.nationalhybrid.com.
International Communications Group (ICG), of Newport News, Va., integrated its NxtLink family of datalink-capable Iridium communications systems with Dassault Falcon Jet’s EASy integrated avionics system for the Falcon 7X. (Honeywell manufactures the EASy avionics system.) The test program was conducted to ensure the interoperability of NxtLink and EASy components. The system supports datalink services including ACARS, Airborne Flight Information Service, Controller Pilot Datalink Communications and Future Air Navigation System. Visit www.icg.aero.
Barco introduced a line of airborne mission displays the AL and AX families specifically designed for use in harsh cabin environments. The AX displays come in 15-inch, 15-inch widescreen and 17-inch versions; the AL comes in 19-inch, 20-inch and 24-inch versions. The Barco AX displays are fitted with LED backlighting technology and an intuitive touchscreen interface. The AL units are compatible with all common input signals, including daylight video cameras, moving maps, computer, radar and 8-bit native video processing, making them suited for FLIR applications. Visit www.barco.com.
1553/429 Test Cards
Data Device Corp. (DDC), of Bohemia, N.Y., introduced a line of rugged Mil-Std-1553/ARINC 429 embedded and test cards designed around its AceXtreme 1553 core. The cards feature a common API that can be used for test cards, embedded cards and components to simplify application code development, shorten software development time and eliminate risk, according to the company. AceXtreme cards are designed to function in extreme environments, and are available in conduction-cooled or air-cooled versions. Visit www.ddc-web.com.
L-3 Aviation Recorders, of Sarasota, Fla., signed an agreement with AeroMechanical Services Ltd., of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to sell AeroMechanical’s real-time data communications and Internet data delivery systems for aircraft. Bundled with L-3’s flight recorder and electronic flight bags, the data systems can receive, record, store, monitor, transmit and analyze critical aircraft flight data. They will be marketed under the FLYHT brand, in conjunction with L-3 flight data recorders. In addition, AeroMechanical will provide L-3 with Iridium-based real-time data communications and Internet data delivery systems. Visit www.L-3ar.com.
ITT Interconnect Solutions, of Santa Ana, Calif., developed the PHD 38999 series of circular fiber optic connectors, suited for military, aerospace and tactical communications applications, the company said. Available as complete custom fiber optic cable assemblies, the PHD fiber optic connectors are compatible with M38999 outside dimensions and feature an all-metallic backshell with sealing grommet and removable alignment insert assembly. Connectors are available in sizes 20, 24, 28 and 36. Visit www.ittcannon.com.
Avidyne, of Lincoln, Mass., introduced the EX600 Multi-Function Display (MFD), a follow-on to its EX500 MFD that adds a 5.8-inch display and a Map Panning feature that allows the pilot to pan and zoom on the moving map using dedicated keys. The display is designed to enhance situational awareness for general aviation and helicopters pilots. The “map-centric” operation allows the pilot to view available safety information on the map page, without having to switch to other pages. Visit www.avidyne.com.
Digital Video Recorder
Flight Display Systems, of Alpharetta, Ga., introduced the FDHDR200, a High-Definition Digital Video Recorder (HD-DVR). It features 1080i HD resolution, up to eight hours of recording time, and 50 percent smaller installation profile than legacy VHS recorders, the company said. Customer use includes surveillance, mission debriefing, litigation and training reviews. The unit includes two 32GB removable CompactFlash cards, which can be replaced in flight for additional recording time. Visit www.flightdisplay.com.
Gulfstream Aerospace is offering the Securaplane Technologies PreFlite System security system as an upgrade for large-cabin aircraft. The enhanced system provides worldwide, real-time event notification and remote system control/interrogation via a GSM-connected cell phone or land line, the airframer said. The system includes radar-based wheel-well sensors; enhanced intrusion communications through system alerts via calls or texts, and the ability to arm, disarm and check status from any phone. Each system includes a control display unit that provides read-out capability of intrusion data and a list of monitor points. Visit www.gulfstream.com.
SkyTrac Systems, of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, released the next generation of software — SkyWeb V3.0 –– for its web-based asset management, mapping and reporting system. SkyWeb V3.0 features weather overlays, including precipitation and aeronautical TAFS, NOTAMS and METARS. It will enable users to generate reports on flight time and air time for selected time periods and assets. SkyWeb users can set geographical flight restrictions and be notified when assets violate boundaries, the company said. Visit www.skytrac.ca.
Chip Carrier Devices
Semelab, of Leicestershire, U.K., developed a series of ceramic diode leadless chip carrier devices for military, aerospace, avionics and high-temperature applications. The DLCC Series provides enhanced thermal performance and better solderability in a fully hermetic surface mount ceramic package designed to fit the standard solder footprint for existing MELF-type devices, the company said. Visit www.semelab.com.
Radiall USA, of Chandler, Ariz., introduces size 10 concentric twinax contacts with three new insert configurations for the NSX series (ARINC 600 standard). The NSX series are multi-pin rack and panel connectors used to connect high-performance avionics equipment. The contacts provide integration flexibility while maintaining the form factor of existing ARINC 600 connectors. They are available in standard crimp termination and solder tails for printed circuit cards. Visit www.radiall.com.
Universal Avionics Systems Corp., of Tucson, Ariz., introduced the standalone AHS-525 Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS), a solid-state AHRS providing analog and digital pitch, roll and heading measurements. Components include the AHRS unit, configuration module, external remote magnetometer and a mounting plate. Visit www.uasc.com.
Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd., of Toronto, introduced the STAR-ISMS In-Flight Safety Monitoring System. The system, which has been FAA and Transport Canada certified, provides real-time and after-landing reports, intelligent flight data transmission, plus detailed live flight data alerts through satellite-based technology to ground-based installations. Visit www.star-navigation.com.