Sunday, April 1, 2012
Amphenol Aerospace, of Sidney, N.Y., offers a series of rugged, micro-miniature connectors that provide more power throughput and consistent coupling by incorporating more electrical connections in compact form factor.
They are available in shell sizes from five to 23, and are intermateable and intermountable with existing micro-miniature high-density connectors typically used in aerospace and defense applications, according to the company.
The new 2M Series uses advanced bonding techniques to increase adhesion properties and reduce the risk of foreign object debris, Amphenol said. This enhanced process makes the connectors even more reliable in the harsh conditions found throughout soldier-wearable, missile and ordnance, communication systems and avionics applications, according to the company.
The connectors can be internally filtered for radiated and conducted EMI to increase system efficiency and reduce overall system size, weight and components.
Nav Charts Upgrade
Lufthansa Systems released a new version of its Lido/eRouteManual electronic navigation charts. The latest release features enhanced functions for displaying and configuring the charts. Pilots can now save route and airport charts with all of their personal settings, such as zoom levels, and they can select a specific operational flight plan from a number of saved plans.
Additional configuration and display options make it possible to adapt the charts to current working conditions or personal preferences, the company said.
Lido/eRouteManual includes charts for take-off and landing as well as airport and route charts. Layout, colors and symbols are identical in the charts’ paper and electronic versions, making it easier for pilots to migrate from Lido/RouteManual to Lido/eRouteManual, Lufthansa said.
JETTECH, based in Denver, was awarded a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Garmin G600 Glass Panel EFIS installation modification for Cessna Citation 500 series aircraft to include models 500, 501, 550, 551 and S550.
With the FAA approval, JETTECH will begin offering kits available through JETTECH-approved Garmin authorized dealers. A complete documentation package is supplied to support the installation process. Visit www.jettechllc.net.
VoIP Over SBB
ARINC Direct introduced a high-speed Voice-over-IP (VoIP) service for business and corporate aircraft using Inmarsat SwiftBroadband connectivity.
According to ARINC, the service is designed to take advantage of SwiftBroadband architecture by carrying both accelerated data and VoIP traffic together without a conflict.
SwiftBroadband provides streaming connectivity in classes up to 432Kbps for high-speed data, and supports voice communications, Electronic Flight Bag applications, passenger telephony, VoIP, text messaging, email, Internet, intranet, instant messaging and secure VPN access.
Rockwell Collins received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification of its Traffic Alert Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II) on the Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma Mk II+.
TCAS II, which is required on fixed wing aircraft carrying more than 15 passengers, works by interrogating the air traffic control (ATC) transponders of other nearby aircraft to determine and display their altitudes, ranges and relative positions. The TCAS II computer uses algorithms and interrogation techniques to calculate the speed, direction and conflict potential of these targets and if necessary, computes and displays a recommended vertical avoidance maneuver to ensure safe separation.
Becker Avionics introduced Beacon Decoder (BD) 406. The BD 406 is developed specifically to decode and navigate to 406 MHz Cospas-Sarsat capable beacons transmitting the 406 MHz signal with GPS information, providing the ability to directly decode the transmitted GPS location of a 406 MHz beacon data burst, according to the company.
The decoder can display location data on its own self-contained LCD display, or on a cockpit display or integrated aircraft EFIS display, via the ARINC 429 output. It can track and identify up to 49 individual beacon codes, and will display the 15 digit C/S Hex ID Code to enable rescue services to effectively allocate resources accordingly in trying to find the distress beacon, according to the company.
The Evolution Primary Flight Display (PFD) system from Aspen Avionics, of Albuquerque, N.M., will be offered as a factory option for Robinson R22, R44 and R66 series helicopters.
Aspen’s Evolution displays offer a solid-state digital replacement for legacy mechanical flight instruments. Features include built-in 30 minute backup battery; emergency GPS; digital HSI with moving map; GPS flight plan overlay; airspeed and altitude tapes; and integration with primary navigation system.
Sagetech, based in White Salmon, Wash., introduced a new Mode S Transponder with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) Out.
The Sagetech XP Family of Transponders has a footprint the size of a business card and weighs about 4 ounces. They have an integrated altitude encoder, which is compliant to FAA TSO requirements.
The Sagetech XP Mode S Transponder with ADS-B Out provides full ICAO Mode S performance and ADS-B extended squitter outputs. In addition to the new Mode S transponder, Sagetech offers a Mode C unit and is working on the ADS-B In/Out version.