Friday, June 1, 2012
Avidyne, of Lincoln, Mass., introduced ASA575 series autopilot servo/actuators, which are designed for use with the DFC90 digital autopilot system in new and retrofit installations.
The DFC90 autopilot will use Avidyne’s ASA575 servos for installations in aircraft with no previous autopilot, or when upgrading an aircraft from a previously installed King autopilot. Aircraft owners will have the choice of using the existing servos or upgrading to new Avidyne ASA575s.
The DFC90 is currently certified in Cirrus SR20/22 and Piper PA-46 Matrix/Mirage aircraft with the Avidyne Entegra Primary Flight Display.
LynuxWorks, of San Jose, Calif., received its second reusable software components (RSC) approval from FAA for its LynxOS-178 product family.
The company said the approval allows the software to be used by avionics systems integrators and embedded developers for the operating system portion of the safety-critical software code and supporting DO-178B artifacts for reuse in other system designs with other software components without the need for full recertification. In 2006, the LynxOS-178 RSC real-time operating system (RTOS) was initially approved for the Rockwell Collins Adaptive Flight Display Runtime, Common Computing Runtime and Data Concentration Module Runtime for Pro Line Fusion.
Flying Colours Corp., of Canada, has been appointed as an authorized reseller and installation facility for ViaSat.
Under terms of the contract, Flying Colours will be responsible for promoting and selling ViaSat’s VMT-1500 shipset to its global client base. The system enables aircraft to use ViaSat Yonder Ku-Band Internet service for aircraft.
China Bizjet Center
Gulfstream Aerospace has established a joint venture with Beijing Capital Airlines Co. Ltd. (Deer Jet) and Grand China Aviation Technik (GCAT) to operate a business jet service center at Beijing Capital International Airport.
Deer Jet is a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines Group and China’s largest business jet charter provider. Its fleet includes 26 Gulfstream aircraft. GCAT, another Hainan subsidiary, offers aircraft repair, maintenance and overhaul services. The new venture will operate under the name Gulfstream Beijing.
Gulfstream Beijing, consisting of an 82,000-square-foot hangar and 22,000 square feet of offices and back shops, will serve Deer Jet’s Gulfstream fleet, other Gulfstream aircraft and select non-Gulfstream models. The new venture is in the process of applying for a Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) Part 145 repair certificate, a requirement for beginning service operations.
Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen is offering the data services for avionics units from GENA Systems, of Austria. Jeppesen said its NavData services are available for the GENA multi-function display Sky Guide and Sky Commander avionics units commonly used by police, firefighter and search and rescue helicopter operators.
Systems from GENA Systems, paired with Jeppesen’s navigation data services, allow helicopter operators to provide quicker assistance in emergency situations through the GENA’s Auto Flight Plan feature, the companies said. Additionally, helicopter operators can also use GENA Command & Control to receive all flight details with a single click.
L-3 Avionics Systems added new features to its GH-3900 Electronic Standby Instrument System (ESIS). Designed to Level A software and hardware standards, the GH-3900 ESIS is capable of satisfying airworthiness requirements for almost any transport category fixed- or rotary-wing aircraft, according to the company. GH series instruments can be modified to match a wide range of primary systems.
Hardware enhancements include a variety of air data and heading input selections, as well as optional built-in accelerometers that provide external LRUs with relative data. Sensor and air data advancements, along with more efficient printed circuit board designs provide for a smaller and lighter form factor with increased reliability.
Gulf Coast Avionics, of Lakeland, Fla., introduced a line of noise-cancelling headsets. Features include cell phone and music input, dual volume controls with stereo and mono selection, reversible mike boom, battery status indicator and more in a headset that weighs only 14 ounces, and that comes with a three-year factory warranty. The product line also includes a secondary level noise-cancelling headset and a line of ultra-light headsets, including a model designed specifically for helicopter use, and a child’s headset.
Thrane & Thrane’s Aviator 200 SwiftBroadband system received a FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the system’s installation on Pilatus PC-12/45, PC-12/47 and PC-12/47E. The STC follows the successful system installation and testing, which was carried out by Thrane & Thrane partner Pro Star Aviation and includes the system’s use for Wi-Fi.
DMA Aero introduced the PAMB10/11 Precision Pressure Standard, which offers Pitot Static and direct pressure/vacuum measurements throughout the atmospheric pressure range.
The PAMB features a 3.5-inch backlit, colored LCD touch-screen display for simultaneous Ps and Qc measurements. Measuring range is up to 105 inHg with 0.0001 inHg resolution. This provides for direct reading Airspeed (up to 550 kts) and altitude (up to 55,000 ft) or many pressure units including psi, inHg, Pa and mbar, the company said. It is housed in a rugged, 1.8-pound enclosure, with AN4 (Ps) and AN3 (Pt) pneumatic connections. Visit www.dma-aero.com.
UAS Power Unit
API Technologies Corp., based in Orlando, Fla., developed a power distribution unit (PDU) for an unmanned aircraft system (UAS). It was designed and is being manufactured by API’s Spectrum Power product line and will be used in a Department of Defense (DoD) project.
Ready for rugged environments, this PDU contains hardware designed for operating at a high altitude (up to 30,000 feet), Mil-Std connector inputs and outputs, a Mil-Std LAN connector and LED power-on indicators for each outlet. This PDU can be customized to provide sequencing, emergency power off, transfer switches, elapsed time indicators and a local power meter, the company said.
TE Connectivity introduced its CeeLok FAS-T connector system, a 10 Gigabit Ethernet, field terminable I/O connector for the aerospace and defense market.
The system includes crimp-snap contacts for easy termination and field repairability and an integral backshell with 360-degree shielding. Its shell size measures 8 inches by 0.750 inches and uses a panel cutout of 0.698 inches (diameter). Additionally, the CeeLok FAS-T connector has been designed to easily survive harsh environments in military, commercial aerospace and marine/offshore applications, the company said.
The CeeLok FAS-T 100 Ohm impedance connector is compatible with Cat5e, Cat 6a and various other protocols ranging from the traditional 90 Ohm USB 2.0 to the 110 Ohm IEEE 1394 “fire wire.” It is available in both cable-applied and printed circuit board varieties.
Data Device Corp. (DDC), of Bohemia, N.Y., expanded LabVIEW and LabVIEW Real-Time support for its line of Mil-Std-1553 and ARINC 429 AceXtreme boards and components.
The company said the BU-69093 support package makes the development of LabVIEW and LabVIEW real-time applications simple and intuitive, allowing engineers the ability to design custom software applications utilizing easy-to-use virtual instruments. Benefits of the system include three levels of VI and functional user samples for common applications.
Aircraft Information STC
Rockwell Collins’ Ascend Aircraft Information Manager (AIM) was recently certified for Bombardier Challenger 300/604/605 and Hawker 750/800XP/850XP/900XP aircraft.
AIM uploads flight critical database updates, and downloads maintenance information post-flight using available Wi-Fi or cellular links that automatically transfer information to and from the Ascend Data Center. Flight Management System, Integrated Flight Information System, Terrain Awareness Warning System and Surface Management System databases can be uploaded to the aircraft from anywhere. AIM hardware installation includes Rockwell Collins’ IMS-3500 Information Management Server and DBU-5010E Data Base Unit. AIM also comes standard on all Pro Line Fusion platforms. Visit www.rockwellcollins.com.
Presagis, of Montreal, Canada, released its next-generation software for Human Machine Interface (HMI) development VAPS XT v4.0 and VAPS XT-178 v4.0. It provides open COTS graphical HMI modeling and development software for real-time, embedded applications, and was designed from inception to support the delivery of future cockpits, the company said. Presagis VAPS XT and VAPS XT-178 offer support for ARINC 661 including more than 38 widgets and infrastructure elements specific to the standard in order to provide a complete ARINC 661 Cockpit Display System Development Solution, the company said. Visit www.presagis.com.
Software provider Flightman, based in Dublin, announced the availability of its Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) applications suite for Apple’s iPad. The company develops Aviation Software Solutions, which are incorporated in a Service to connect the aircraft to company systems and drive productivity and operational improvements.
This app enables airlines to deploy Flightman EFB software applications on iOS or Windows-based EFB Class 1 and Class 2 devices, the company said. Airline users will be able to connect to their ground-based enterprise systems using secure cellular, wireless and satellite communications. This EFB software meets all industry standards and manages the delivery of cockpit and cabin data between the crew and airlines’ backend business and operations systems.