Thursday, November 1, 2012
Mid-Continent Instrument and Avionics, based in Wichita, Kan., signed a distribution and supply agreement with A123 Systems, of Waltham, Mass., by which Mid-Continent will offer A123’s Nanophosphate lithium-ion battery technology for aviation applications. Mid-Continent’s True Blue Power division initially began by offering two inverters and the TS835 Emergency Power Supply. Under the agreement, True Blue Power will provide lithium-ion cells, modules and custom power solutions to the aviation community. Visit www.truebluepowerusa.
FAA STC ODA
FAA awarded Pro Star Aviation, of Londonberry, N.H., a Letter of Designation for the FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) Organization Designation Authorization. This designation allows Pro Star Aviation to act on behalf of FAA when approving and issuing STCs.
As an ODA, Pro Star Aviation said it will manage and control STC projects from start to finish with minimal oversight from FAA. Visit www.prostaraviation.com.
DeLorme, of Yarmouth, Maine, introduced inReach two-way satellite communicator. The Iridium system allows for two-way personal text messaging, message delivery confirmation, SOS alerting and remote GPS real-time Flight Following/Ping-Me Locating. The inReach device also interfaces wirelessly with Android and Apple smartphones. Visit www.delorme.com.
Innovative Solutions & Support, of Exton, Pa., opened an Atlanta sales and field service office to support its products in the commercial air transport, military and corporate/business aviation market segments. The office is located at 100 Hartsfield Centre Parkway, Suite 535, Atlanta, Ga., 30354. Visit www.innovative-ss.com.
Data Device Corp. (DDC), of Bohemia, N.Y., added real-time LabWindows/CVI and LabVIEW functionality to its LabVIEW support package. The expanded BU-69093 package allows engineers to integrate Mil-Std-1553 and ARINC 429 hardware and software systems ensuring the utmost data integrity while saving valuable time, effort and cost, the company said. Visit www.ddc-web.com.
Electronic Flight Bag
Jeppesen introduced Boeing Enroute Application, a Class 3 electronic flight bag (EFB) system that replaces paper en route charts in the flight deck for commercial operators.
It is designed for use with certified and integrated aircraft EFB systems, designated as Class 3. The Boeing Enroute Application provides an interactive, data-driven en route display based on navigation information from Jeppesen’s global en route library, the company said.
The Boeing Enroute Application is compatible for integration with Block Point 3.7 and 4.4 EFB platforms. Pilots using the Boeing Enroute Application are able to filter preferred en route display information through selection of airports, airways, waypoints, airspace, NAVAIDs and terrain on-screen. Visit www.jeppesen.com.
TriaGnoSys, based in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, has been awarded EASA Part 21 Design Organization and Production Organization Approvals, meaning the company can build, design and certify hardware for aircraft.
In conjunction, TriaGnoSys has received EASA ETSO certification for its GSMConneX system, which includes the AeroBTS+ in-flight entertainment and connectivity platform that provides GSM mobile phone and Wi-Fi services, as well as wireless distribution of IFE content. Visit triagnosys.com.
OnAir and Inmarsat signed a contract finalizing the appointment of OnAir as the first Aviation Distribution Partner for Global Xpress (GX), the global Ka-band network to provide in-flight broadband connectivity for the aeronautical market. OnAir currently uses Inmarsat SwiftBroadband (SBB) to provide the connectivity for Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir, and has been jointly working with Inmarsat on a deployment path from SBB to GX. Visit www.onair.aero.
Cobham has added another removable legend panel to the N301A family of audio controllers. The N301A-3xx series includes a selection switch that allows operators to choose compatibility of the N301A between commercial and military headsets.
Cobham’s removable legends are available in kits with multiple text options, including international languages, and legends are customizable to suit operator specification.
Cobham’s N301A may be used in new installations where single or multiple-user networks (up to 10 stations) are required. User-controlled features include enhanced noise reduction capability, split receive and intercom system volume controls, Voice Operated eXchange squelch control, an additional RX input for the auxiliary transmit position, and an extra nav aid position. Visit www.cobham.com.
Blue Sky Network, of La Jolla, Calif., released its New SkyRouter mobile application, a fleet management portal for land mobile, aviation, and marine applications. It is a cloud-based system designed to support connectivity with remotely dispersed mobile assets. The system provides fleet managers with around-the-clock connectivity with assets via most Android or iOS mobile phones or tablets, the company said. Visit www.blueskynetwork.com.
PASSUR Aerospace, of Stamford, Conn., is integrating and displaying Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) into its PASSUR Integrated Traffic Management (PITM) system. PITM is a web-hosted integrated business intelligence platform that targets key constraints through the entire lifecycle of the flight, in order to optimize fuel costs and other financial metrics, carbon emissions, schedule integrity, and the passenger experience, the company said.
PITM is built on a proprietary network of radar surveillance systems installed throughout North America and internationally, integrated aviation databases with historical archives, predictive analytical algorithms, and decision support software. Visit www.passur.com.
U.K. Citation Center
Cessna opened the first Cessna-owned Citation Service Center in the U.K., located at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield. The 50,000-square-foot facility, rebranded as the Doncaster Citation Service Center, offers a range of services from maintenance to modernization and paint. Previously known as Kinch Aviation Services, the business has operated for 15 years and been a Cessna authorized service facility for the past four years. It becomes the fourth Cessna-operated Citation Service Center in Europe. Visit www.cessna.com.
International Communications Group (ICG), of Newport News, Va., received two FAA Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for its ePhone cordless cabin telephone system. Working with Chicago Jet Group, ICG completed the first STC on a Falcon 900 and collaborated with L2 Consulting Services to complete the requirements for a second STC for the installation of the Digital Enhanced Cordless Telephone device on a Boeing 737-800 operated by a U.S. airline.
The first STC covers the ePhone’s docking station, handset and base unit on the Falcon 900. Visit www.icg.aero.
ATM Support Tools
Lockheed Martin announced the availability of The Logic Suite, a set of decision support tools that helps connect more passengers to their flights, reduces surface congestion at airports and lowers operating costs for airlines.
The Logic Suite is comprised of Ramp Logic, which forecasts when an aircraft is ready to depart; Departure Logic, which allocates airline departure slots based on runway availability and air traffic constraints; Flight Logic, which allows airlines to perform a risk analysis of a flight plan based on current and potential future restrictions (i.e., weather delays) in the National Airspace (NAS); and Flow Logic, which enables collaborative traffic flow management. Visit www.lockheedmartin.com.
Astronics AES aircraft cabin power system, manufactured by Astronics Corp., based in East Aurora, N.Y., is now available for sale as a stand-alone 5 Volt DC In-Seat USB charging system designed to charge the latest passenger electronics devices. This latest EMPOWER stand-alone 5 Volt DC USB In-Seat Power charging system provides power to four individual USB Outlet Units capable of simultaneously charging four iPads. Visit www.astronics.com.
Geotest-Marvin Test Systems has named CoreTest Technologies a distributor for its TS-900 Semiconductor Test product line in the U.K. and Ireland.
CoreTest Technologies, in Lincoln, U.K., has experience supporting products for semiconductor and PCB test in many market sectors including semiconductor manufacturing, automotive electronics, consumer electronics, medical electronics, aerospace, and military and defense. Visit www.geotestinc.com.
Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) introduced the Multi-Platform Mission Computer (MPMC) 9105 VMC (Versatile Mission Computer). The system is an ultra compact, volume optimized system designed for space, weight and power (SWaP)-constrained vetronics and avionics applications, the company said. This COTS subsystem features a compact and lightweight small form factor ideal for use on platforms such as UAVs, helicopters and ground vehicles.
The MPMC-9105 VMC meets or surpasses the MIL-STD-810F Test Method Standard for Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests, and for EMI as per MIL-STD-461 Requirements for the Control of EMI Characteristics of Subsystems. It will meet a wide range of environmental tests including temperature, altitude, shock, vibration, fluid susceptibility, voltage spikes, and electrostatic discharge. The circuit cards installed in the sealed compact chassis are completely isolated from external environmental conditions such as humidity, dust and sand. Visit www.cwcdefense.com.