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Friday, July 1, 2011

New Products

Distribution Agreement

Aviation Partners Group (APG), based in Punta Gorda, Fla., signed a distributor agreement with Mid-Continent Instruments, of Wichita, Kan., under which APG will become a distributor of Mid-Continent products, including airspeed indicators, altimeters, autopilot components, engine instruments and batteries and power supplies.

Visit www.apgavionics.com.

Software Tool

Embvue, of Montreal, introduced Generator-RTC (Generator Requirements and Test Cases), the first of its Generator software tools for electronic systems, sub-systems or software modules.

Generator-RTC is the front-end to the Generator tool suite which through a Graphical User Interface (GUI) provides customers with a formalized mechanism to specify unambiguous and sanitized requirements. Having created a set of unambiguous formal requirements using Generator-RTC, the customer can then automatically generate 100 percent of all required test cases for those requirements in minutes, according to the company.

Visit www.embvue.com.

UAS Autopilot

MicroPilot, of Stony Mountain, Manitoba, introduced the MP21283X, an autopilot system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

According to the company, the system is designed to avoid sudden control outputs that could cause the UAV to strike the ground during maneuvers. In addition, the MP21283X synchronizes data, settings and waypoints among all three autopilots, ensuring the aircraft has enough information to continue its mission in the event of a failure.

The MP21283X provides eight input/output ports and two RS232 serial ports for ground control communication via radio modems. It includes provisions for multiple communications links, back-up high current drivers, back-up power supplies and independently generated servo signals. Visit www.micropilot.com.

Mobile App

SkyTrac Systems, of Kelowna, British Columbia, launched SkyWeb Mobile for iPhone, Blackberry and Android. The mobile application displays current position and flight data for aircraft equipped with SkyTrac’s hardware. The application allows the user to control bandwidth demands when operating on mobile networks, and enables one-touch voice dial and e-mail. Visit www.skytrac.ca.

Sensor Approval

Esterline CMC Electronics’ SureSight CMA-2600 I-Series Integrated Sensor System has been FAA approved for use as an Enhanced Flight Vision System on the Dassault Falcon 7X. The FAA approval follows a similar approval from EASA in 2010. The one line replaceable unit CMA-2600 system weighs less than 20 pounds, operates in a temperature range of -55°C to +50°C and offers a 30-degree field of view, according to the company.

Visit www.esterline.com.

Helicopter MFD

Jet Avionics, of Saõ Paulo, Brazil, received a Brazilian Certificação de Homologação Supplementar de Tipo (CHST) from the country’s aviation authority to install EX600 Multi-Function Display (MFD) from Avidyne, of Lincoln, Mass., into the Agusta A109S.

The Brazilian CHST — comparable to a FAA Supplemental Type Certificate — provides a basis for installations of the EX600 MFD in the A109S in Brazil. Avidyne previously received approval in Brazil of the EX600 on more than 350 fixed-wing aircraft models as part of an Approved Model List CHST.

The EX600 incorporates a 5.8-inch diagonal, 640x480 pixel display. It includes an easy-to-use pilot interface, Map Panning keys and QuickPan function, according to the company.

Visit www.avidyne.com.

Fan Controllers

Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems introduced a family of Hybricon rugged intelligent fan controllers for chassis management. These Mil-Std-461F, Mil-Std-810G and Mil-Std-704F fan controllers provide intelligent nodes for use in PMBus-based chassis management systems, enabling system designers to quickly and easily integrate system fan monitor and control functions into a Built-In-Test strategy for rugged air- and conduction-cooled systems, according to the company.

The fan controllers are provided in both Pulse Width Modulation control and voltage regulated controller configurations. These rugged fan controllers can be used as part of a PMBus chassis management system to monitor and control various chassis level elements, such as power supplies, fans, displays, front panel controls and indicators.

Visit www.cwcelectronicsystems.com.

Mini-PCIe Board

Data Device Corp. (DDC), of Bohemia, N.Y., introduced a Mil-Std-1553 Mini-PCIe board allowing a dual redundant Mil-Std-1553 channel to be added to any small embedded system, rugged laptop or rugged tablet computer, providing a cost effective, light weight, small size, rugged and reliable Mil-Std-1553 bus interface, according to the company.

The Mini-PCI-e BU-65586H1 board can save users months of design and qualification efforts by providing a quick, cost effective way to add Mil-Std-1553 to applications that don’t have slots, like PMC or PC/104-Plus. The small board offers a dual redundant 1553 channel in a proven and reliable package. The board connects Mil-Std-1553 to a PCI-e x1 lane bus via an edge connector for ease of use in systems with a Mini-PCIe slot.

Visit www.ddc-web.com.

Iridium Certification

International Communications Group’s (ICG) NxtLink ICS-400 communications system completed the Iridium Compatible Equipment Certification (ICE) testing. The certification allows for operation on the Iridium constellation and network.

The ICS-400 combines four Iridium channels with an internal cabin telecommunications unit (CTU). It can be integrated with conventional telephony devices, other satcom systems or legacy CTU systems through standard 2-Wire “Tip and Ring” circuits, 4-Wire audio connections or CEPT-E1 digital circuits. Standard CTU features include intercom calling, call transfer, conferencing, follow-on dialing and voice prompts.

Visit www.icg.aero.

Sales Representation

Ballard Technology, of Everett, Wash., named its sales representatives for various U.S. territories.

Sierra Sales, of Aurora, Colo., will represent Ballard in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, along with the El Paso, Texas, area.

Radiation Electronics, of Harrison, N.Y., will represent Ballard in Metro New York, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.

RPI will represent Ballard Technology in upstate New York. RPI has offices in the Rochester/Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton areas.

Panatek will represent Ballard Technology in Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Panatek has offices in Hoffman Estates, Ill., Eagan, Minn., and St. Louis, Mo.

Visit www.ballardtech.com.

Audio System

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was selected by Mercy Flight, of Buffalo, N.Y., a provider of emergency air medical transport and supporting services, for integration into itsBell 429 light-twin helicopter and one of its existing BK117 EMS helicopters.

The product offers up to eight communication transmit and up to eight receiver channels, an integrated warning tone generator, an amplifier for two cockpit speakers, as well as interfaces for two Cockpit Voice Recorders and a Public Address Amplifier.

The main system components of the DVCS6100 are the Remote Electronic Unit 6100, the Audio Control Unit 6100 and the optional Intercom Amplifier IC3100.

Visit www.beckerusa.com.

Connector

TE Connectivity, based in Harrisburg, Pa., introduced the Quadrax D-Sub style connector for military and commercial aerospace environments.

The company said the connector was created to meet the high-speed data rate needs in commercial avionics, aircraft data networks, in-flight entertainment systems and military communications applications. The rugged metal shell construction provides four Quadrax connections in a size 3 shell with a 0.5-inch by 2-inch window, and supports both cable-to-cable and cable-to-board configurations. It serves as a low-profile alternative to the Circular 38999 Style Connectors. Visit www.te.com.

Signal Generator

Aeroflex Limited, based in Stevenage, U.K., added avionics waveforms to its S-Series signal generator family.

The Aeroflex SGA analog signal generator with Option 6 adds internal generation of waveforms required for testing avionics functions. The option includes waveforms for Instrument Landing Systems, VHF Omni-directional Radio, marker beacons and COM ID tones for airport identification. Visit www.aeroflex.com.

Sensor Testbed

Rockwell Collins and DRS Defense Solutions have been added to the list of companies with C4ISR products integrated into Lockheed Martin’s Airborne Multi-Intelligence Laboratory (AML), an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance test bed developed to help customers experiment with and validate how intelligence sensors and systems interact.

A modified Gulfstream III, the AML’s architecture allows various sensors and systems to be integrated into the aircraft with minimal development time, according to Lockheed Martin. This enables customers to quickly evaluate sensors, combinations of sensors and tactics for employing sensors to develop capabilities to support a diverse range of contingency operations.

Visit www.lockheedmartin.com.

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