Tuesday, May 1, 2012
MarathonNorco Aerospace, based in Waco, Texas, added the RF80-M Programmable Battery Charger/Analyzer to its Christie ReFLEX product line.
The RF80-M includes advanced micro- controller technology with a programmable touch-screen display, while incorporating the previous model’s power circuitry and durablity. Battery analysis can be performed by either manual mode or utilizing the programmable features. The RF80-M will store up to 100 battery processing programs. Program functions include: charge, discharge and wait steps. Audible and visual alerts can also be programmed into it. The RF80-M is the only aircraft battery charger/analyzer with three different charge methods: constant current, constant potential and the exclusive ReFLEX charge mode for fast charging.
The RF80-M accepts 187 to 250 VAC, single phase 50/60Hz input. It is CE certified and marked allowing it to be used worldwide. Output ranges up to 80 amps ReFLEX charge, 65 amps CC/CP charge and 60 amps discharge.
AIM, based in Freiburg, Germany, introduced the PBA.pro-Light, which the company calls a “no-frills” version of its PBA.pro Databus Test and Analysis Software for Windows or Linux.
The company said PBA.pro-Light is provided with pre-configured displays, which can invoke a sub-set of the PBA.pro full capabilities using a run time mode at a push of a button.
PBA.pro-Light covers a variety of typical Mil-Std-1553 and ARINC 429 user applications using the power of the underlying PBA.pro core.
Repair Station Certificate
Uniflight, of Grand Prairie, Texas, has been awarded a Repair Station certificate by Mexico’s Director General of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC). The certificate enables the facility to provide completions, and maintenance, repair and overhaul aftermarket support to aircraft registered in Mexico.
Gulfstream will offer its PlaneParts cost-per-hour maintenance program to customers of its newest aircraft, the G650 and G280. Both aircraft are scheduled to enter service this year.
PlaneParts provides replacement components for parts removed due to failure, life limit or wear in exchange for monthly payments based on the aircraft’s model and age. The program also includes optional coverage for several aircraft systems installed during final-phase manufacturing, including water and waste, entertainment and in-flight information, Broad Band Multi-Link, Gulfstream’s Enhanced Vision System II, in-flight phones and satellite television.
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America, of British Columbia, Canada, received FAA supplemental type certification (STC) for installation of the Skytrac ISAT 100/200 Helicopter Flight-Following and Satellite communication system on the Eurocopter AS332C, L, L1 and L2 models.
The system offers enhanced two-way voice communication between aircraft and ground, and also features flight-following, aircraft tracking and flight mapping capabilities, the company said.
Enhanced Vision STC
Max-Viz, based in Portland, Ore., was awarded EASA supplemental type certificate for the installation of its Max-Viz-EVS-1500 Infra-red Enhanced Vision Systems on European Registered Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200 and 300 Series aircraft as well as the King Air C90GT and GTi.
The Installation Kit for the EVS-1500 on King Air aircraft includes all components, (including IR Sensor and video capable EFB Display) and is applicable to aircraft equipped with video enabled Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21. Retrofits to aircraft with certified video capable Multi-Function displays such as the Garmin G1000/G600/G500/G500H, Universal 890R, Avidyne R9 or a stand-alone video displays are available on request, the company said.
Heat Shrink Tape
TE Connectivity, of Harrisburg, Pa., introduced RT-555 High Temperature Heat Shrink Tape for commercial aerospace, military and offshore drilling applications.
The bi-layer, side-entry, heat-recoverable sealing product shrinks a predetermined percentage upon the application of heat in excess of 220°C (428 °F). Suitable for use in wire harness systems requiring aggressive fluid and high temperature resistance, the two-layer tape is designed to withstand the extremely high temperatures generally associated with aircraft engines, according to the company.
Spectralux Avionics, of Redmond, Wash., announced that their Dlink+ with Controller-Pilot Datalink Communications (CPDLC) system received FAA TSO-C113 and TSO-C160 certification.
The Dlink+ w/CPDLC system provides flight crews with the capability to send and receive both CPDLC and Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) messages over Very High Frequency Data Link (VDL) Mode A/2 networks. Dlink+ w/CPDLC merges three separate avionics units CDU, CMU and VDL Mode A/2 Radio into one cockpit-mounted Line Replaceable Unit (LRU). Dlink+ w/CPDLC has multiple interfaces with systems such as satellite communications (Iridium/Inmarsat), cockpit printers and other compatible devices, the company said. Visit www.spectralux.com.
EASA Autopilot Approval
Avidyne Corp., based in Lincoln, Mass., received EASA approval for its DFC90 and DFC100 digital autopilots for installation in European-registered Piper PA-46 Matrix and Mirage. Avidyne also received EASA approval for the new DFC90 Release 2 software upgrade, which adds full-time Envelope Alerting (EA) capability and also allows the option of wiring the aircraft for dynamic Envelope Protection (EP) with Flap Sensing for new installations and for existing DFC90-equipped Cirrus SR20 and SR22 owners in Europe.
Owners of European-registered Cirrus SR20/SR22 and Piper PA-46 aircraft can now upgrade to the DFC90 if they have the original Entegra suite, or they can add the DFC100 if they have already upgraded to the Avidyne Entegra Release 9 flight deck. All European-registered Cirrus SR20/22 aircraft that already have the DFC90 autopilot are now able to be upgraded to DFC90 Release 2 software, the company said.
Raytheon introduced a Mobile Air Traffic Control (MATC) system, which provides critical air traffic services when existing infrastructure has been damaged or does not exist.
MATC is designed to operate during emergencies, for security purposes, or to meet the needs of a temporary airfield. The system consists of primary and secondary ATC radars integrated with a deployable radar antenna and networked data communications.
The system can be up and running within hours by a minimal number of people, according to the company. MATC includes three shelters to transport and house the radar, communications and operations equipment.
The interoperable system, which meets U.S. and international regulations, is designed to support both civil and military ATC operations and communicate with other air traffic services and battle command systems, Raytheon said.
Mil-Std-1553 USB Card
Data Device Corp., based in Bohemia, N.Y., introduces a two-channel Mil-Std-1553 Small Form Factor (SFF) USB card. The card’s USB form factor, ultra small size, lightweight, ultra low power, ruggedness and high-reliability are an ideal combination for adding a reliable and cost effective 1553 bus interface to any embedded system, laptop or tablet computer, according to the company.
Each channel of the BU-67113U board can be configured in Bus Controller (BC)/Monitor (MT) mode, or Multi-Remote Terminal (RT)/MT mode, with BC disable and Tx inhibit options for RT and MT only applications.
Fuel Management Kit
The Fuel Management Kit from Shadin Avionics, of St. Louis Park, Minn., received Transport Canada approval of a foreign Supplemental Type Certificate for the installation into Bell 212 and 412 model helicopters.
The Canadian acceptance of the Bell 212 / 412 STC enables Shadin fuel systems to be installed in Canadian-registered aircraft, the company said.
Pro Star Aviation, of Londonberry, N.H., received a FAA supplemental type certification (STC) for the installation of a Thrane & Thrane Aviator 200 SwiftBroadband System with Wi-Fi for installation in the Pilatus Aircraft model PC-12/45/47/47E aircraft.
The system provides email, Web, smartphone connectivity and a voice channel, the company said.
Video on Demand
Row 44, of Westlake Village, Calif., introduced a wireless video-on-demand (VoD) service that allows commercial airlines to offer a library of on-demand movies, TV episodes and bookable destination services via passengers’ Wi-Fi enabled devices.
The service is a subset of Row 44’s In-Flight Broadband Entertainment Platform that can later be scaled up to include connectivity and other broadband services.
Row 44 designed this standalone Wi-Fi entertainment service as an independent of the company’s In-Flight Broadband Entertainment Platform.
Aspen Avionics, of Albuquerque, N.M., said EASA expanded the European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) authorization for the company’s Evolution Flight Display to include additional system components previously approved by FAA. This EASA approval expands the ETSO authorization to include the latest Evolution Software version 2.4.1 (and Level B software version 2.3.2), the second generation ACU2 hardware, the Evolution Backup Display, the EA100 Autopilot Adapter and Evolution Synthetic Vision.
The current Evolution Software Version 2.4.1 offers European customers improvements to the standard MFD nav and terrain map, as well as allowing the activation of Aspen’s Evolution Synthetic Vision.
Additionally, this ETSO authorization approves new variants of the Analog Converter Unit (ACU2) that support ARINC 407 synchro heading output, the interface for dual Bendix/King KR87 ADF, an external OAT probe, a radar altimeter interface and provisions for future support of dual DME receivers.
Flight Planning Capability
ARINC DirectSM added flight-planning capability — graphical route manipulation — to its flight planning service for business aviation.
Graphical route manipulation, also known as “rubber-banding,” simplifies route selection and allows pilots to easily modify waypoints on a flight plan to accommodate airspace closures, thunderstorms or other contingencies, according to ARINC.
The new feature is included the latest release of ARINC Direct flight planning service at no additional cost to users.