Thursday, March 1, 2012
Wireless Delivery System
Lumexis Corp. introduced WiPAX, a standalone wireless delivery solution for personal electronic devices (PED) in narrowbody aircraft.
The Irvine, Calif.-based company said WiPAX is derived from the company’s Fiber-To-The-Screen (FTTS) headend server/aircraft interface system. The same Lumexis FTTS applications deployed in daily revenue service give airlines the opportunity for ancillary revenue in short-haul, narrowbody applications.
WiPAX offers the capacity to simultaneously provide HDTV over fiber to big screens in First and Business Class cabins as well. WiPAX can be retrofitted into existing wired FTTS installations, if desired, the company said.
Avionics Interface Technologies (AIT), of Omaha, Neb., achieved AS9100 and ISO 9001:2008 certification.
AIT has been certified by Smithers Quality Assessments (SQA), in an extensive process that includes document reviews, a series of assessments and surveillance.
SQA’s audits verify AIT executes development and manufacturing with professional, accountable and controlled processes to ensure sustained customer satisfaction.
The Santa Clarita, Calif., business operation Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) was officially appraised at Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Maturity Level 3 by the SEI, Carnegie Mellon University.
Prime contractors increasingly seek sub-contractors who are able to meet CMMI Level 3 requirements to provide assurance that proven processes are in place for software and system development, the company said.
SEI is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University.
ARINC, of Annapolis, Md., teamed with the FlightRisk service of Polaris Aero LLC, of Scottsdale, Ariz., to enable business aviation pilots to share their airfield experiences in real-time through the ARINC Direct flight planning service, the companies said.
Web-based FlightRisk consolidates and analyzes current airfield data from multiple publications, weather sources and pilot members. The initial integration of FlightRisk into ARINC Direct’s SMS Toolset has been completed. Customers have the ability to complete pre-flight risk assessments using ARINC Direct Smart SMS forms and the FlightRisk Airfield Assessment tool.
Airfield Assessment helps pilots identify potential risk areas encountered by others during ground taxi, departure or arrival portions of a flight. This helps pilots put mitigation plans in place to help reduce their overall risk. After a flight, pilots are encouraged to share their experiences with other ARINC Direct customers by using the FlightRisk Post Flight Assessment tool.
Avionics Repair Services
Triumph Instruments-Fort Lauderdale, added repair capabilities for the Bendix/King (Honeywell) MST-67A Transponder to its list of avionics repair services. Available services for the MST-67A include repair and overhaul, as well as component exchange for this family of Mode S Transponders.
Triumph Instruments-Ft. Lauderdale holds Unlimited Instrument Ratings for FAA Class 1, 2, 3 and 4; Limited Radio, Accessory and Specialized Services; as well as EASA-145 aircraft instrument repair capabilities.
Vector Aerospace U.K., a provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, gained certification to the revised aerospace AS9100 Rev C and AS9110 Rev A quality standards for its sites at Fleetlands, Hampshire and Almondbank, Perthshire.
AS9100 Rev C sets the quality levels expected in all areas of aerospace, from commercial to defense aviation and is developed by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG). The goal of IAQG is to improve product quality and on-time delivery of products and services. AS9100 Rev C extends this standard, detailing additional comprehensive criteria specifically for MRO for the aircraft industry at all levels of the MRO process.
Aspen Avionics, based in Albuquerque, N.M., announced the availability of a terrain database from Jeppesen for Aspen’s Evolution Flight Display product line. This database improves the resolution of the terrain data used in the Evolution System and offers an improved customer experience for the Evolution multi-function display (MFD), notably in markets outside of the United States, Aspen said.
In addition, this database resolves some limitations experienced by some Evolution Synthetic Vision (ESV) customers, and expands the ESV operation area beyond the borders of the continental United States to provide full worldwide ESV coverage.
The one-time terrain database upgrade is free for Aspen customers with active Jeppesen data subscriptions, the company said.
Rockwell Collins added European flight planning features to its Ascend Flight Manager online tool.
The company said the enhancements give European operators the ability to select pre-approved Eurocontrol routes and create routes to submit for Eurocontrol validation. Rockwell Collins is also providing a message management service that monitors and alerts flight departments about any Eurocontrol message related to their flights.
In 2011, Rockwell Collins opened a Berlin, Germany-based office to provide Ascend Regional Trip Support (RTS) for European business aircraft operators.
Ascend RTS is part of the company’s Ascend flight information systems, which provides flight departments access to an integrated suite of flight operations applications and services, including flight planning and filing; runway analysis/weight and balance; worldwide textual and graphical weather products; EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) carbon reporting program; concierge services; and fuel services.
In addition, Rockwell Collins added a “Briefcase” feature to its Ascend Flight Manager Mobile app for the iPad. The Briefcase module makes all trip documents accessible to business jet operators electronically, eliminating the need for pilots to carry schedules, navigational charts and other forms, onboard in paper form.
Communications systems from Blue Sky Network, based in La Jolla, Calif., received type certification on Sikorsky S-92 helicopters.
Blue Sky Network said its D1000A offers near real-time tracking of aircraft through built-in GPS position reporting combined with an Iridium satellite transceiver and telemetry data link. The ACH1000 communications control head adds voice communication and two-way messaging connectivity between operators and the control center. Managers are also able to visually track aircraft and view take-off, landing and other flight updates using SkyRouter, Blue Sky Network’s secure online web portal.
Airbus ProSky is adding an airport surface management (SMAN) tool to its Air Traffic Management (ATM) offerings for air traffic control centers.
The company said SMAN was designed for environmental efficiency by the German company ATRiCS and is now offered through Airbus ProSky. The system automatically switches on the green taxiway lights in front of the aircraft as it moves forward, to illuminate the correct route ahead for the pilot to follow. Overall, the system reduces taxi time and maximizes airport capacity and aircraft throughput, while its intelligent predictive guidance also prevents runway incursions and a “wrong-turn,” according to the company. Part of this team, ATRiCS, based in Freiburg, Germany, is a leader in improving traffic efficiency and controller productivity at airports.
DDC-I, based in Phoenix, released the Certifiable Fast File System (CFFS) for DDC-I’s Deos safety-critical real-time operating system (RTOS).
The embedded certifiable file system, which supports flash devices, uses time and space partitioning, journaling and direct memory access to enhance performance and availability. CFFS is certifiable to DO-178B Level A, has achieved certification by the FAA and is currently flying in avionics systems using CompactFlash devices as the storage media, according to the company.
The CFFS embedded file service engine uses pipelining, which enables processes to cue up multiple operations (reads, writes) on one or more files, invoke them all concurrently (non-blocking), then service the data as it arrives, the company said. Visit www.ddci.com.
Gulf Coast Avionics, of Lakeland, Fla., forged a marketing and sales partnership with Platinum Aviation, a flight training center based in Miami, under which Gulf Coast will be the exclusive supplier of avionics sales, service and installation, and pilot supply products to Platinum Aviation.
Universal Avionics Systems, based in Tucson, Ariz., partnered with Air Training International to provide Future Air Navigation System (FANS) operational training for UniLink UL-800/801 Airborne Datalink System. Universal Avionics will provide guidance for customers during the FANS operational approval process, and this collaboration will help operators meet the necessary training requirements, the company said.
Universal’s UniLink UL-80X Communication Management Unit provides operation and control of digital communications between the pilot and air traffic control. Developed in compliance with DO-178B Level C guidelines and FANS 1/A standards, the UL-80X is also provisioned to comply with the European Link2000+ mandate.
Data Device Corp. (DDC), of Bohemia, N.Y., introduced what it calls the world’s lowest power dual Mil-Std-1553 transceiver in a 7mm-by-7mm package.
The BU-67401L transceiver offers options for Mil-Std-1553A/B, Mil-Std-1760, and McAir compatibility, allowing the product to fit a range of ground and aerospace applications, according to the company.
The device requires a +3.3V power supply and is engineered for military grade performance and operating conditions (-55°C to +125°C).