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Sunday, September 1, 2013

New Products

Helmet Mounted Display

Elbit Systems America, based in Fort Worth, Texas, introduced JHMCS II, the second generation of its Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS).

JHMCS II is a helmet mounted display (HMD) system designed for new aircraft installation and as an upgrade/enhancement for aircraft already equipped with JHMCS. It provides visor projected color video and symbology in a lightweight HMD in both day and night environments. There are two versions of the JHMCS II product line Digital JHMCS for those already equipped with HMDs and JHMCS II for new HMD installs. According to the company, Digital JHMCS II is a “plug and play” upgrade solution for the more than 6,000 JHMCS already delivered. JHMCS II provides a new optical-inertial tracker and replaces the JHMCS subsystems with a Aircraft Interface Unit. Visit www.JHMCSII.com.

App Upgrade

Rockwell Collins introduced new customizable features for its Airshow 3-D Moving Map for the Apple iPad.

According to the company, users can tailor their experience by adding company logos, customizing place names, selecting up to six languages and accessing high-resolution city maps.

The new features are available through the iTunes App Store as a first-time download or as an Airshow Moving Map app update. Existing Airshow 4000 or Venue HD cabin management system users can take advantage of the new app update with a system upgrade from a Rockwell Collins authorized dealer, according to the company. Visit www.rockwellcollins.com.

Product Acquisition

Data Device Corp. (DDC), of Bohemia, N.Y., has expanded its MIL-STD-1553 data bus product offering with the acquisition of the National Hybrid data bus product line from API Technologies Corp. The data bus product line includes National Hybrid-brand products and U.K.-made MIL-STD-1553 and MIL-STD-1760 products.

National Hybrid manufactures MIL-STD-1553/1760 data bus transceivers and terminals, multi-chip modules, as well as custom hybrid micro-electronic circuits. Visit www.ddc-web.com.

Flight Planning

Jeppesen introduced new features and functionality for its FlitePlan Online for business aviation operators. The new features enhance operational efficiency and simplify the overall flight planning process through a Web-based system, according to the company.

Operators using Jeppesen FlitePlan Online in European airspace now have the ability to access Jeppesen’s route optimization engine. Extended operations capabilities are now provided through Jeppesen FlitePlan Online, while a NOTAM management tool helps organize critical flight data. Visit www.jeppesen.com/fpo.

Rugged Display

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions introduced the Skyquest AVDU3000, a 12.1-inch, rugged LCD display that provides 1280x800 resolution. It features control and video handling capabilities designed for the unique demands of airborne defense and law enforcement applications, such as surveillance, patrol and search and rescue, according to the company.

The display features hard bezel keys for core controls such as power and brightness. The bezel buttons are supplemented with a configurable touchscreen interface that can be user-customized for functions such as video recorder control. For surveillance and navigation applications, the AVDU3000 supports optional glove-operable touchscreen control of functions such as digital moving maps. Visit www.cwcdefense.com.

Connector

TE Connectivity introduced its DEUTSCH brand 369 Series connectors. These products are suited to harsh aerospace environments, particularly civil cabin systems applications.

The connectors come in three standard contact layouts: 3, 6 and 9 way. Each mated half of the connector can be configured with either male or female contacts, doubling the keying configurations available and electrically protecting contacts on the powered-side of a system.

The connectors are fully sealed for use in areas with high levels of moisture and are manufactured from high-performance composite materials which are designed to help meet the low smoke, toxicity and flammability requirements of the aerospace industry, the company said. Visit www.TE.com.

STC, PMA Approval

IKHANA Aircraft Services, of Murrieta, Calif., received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) for its RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Flight Controls on Twin Otters. All 11 DHC-6 Flight Controls are re-manufactured, providing new 66,000 hours/132,000 cycles of fatigue life with applicability to all DHC-6-100/-200/-300 Series Twin Otters.

The original -100, -200, and -300 Series Twin Otters, produced from 1965 to 1988, have a structural fatigue life limit of 66,000 hours/132,000 cycles for the fuselage and flight controls. IKHANA’s RWMI Re-Life Flight Controls are the FAA PMA equivalent of factory-new equipment and complements the RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Fuselage STC (awarded in 2011) and the RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Wing Box STC (awarded in 1996). Visit www.IKHANAgroup.com.

Terminus

Positronic, of Springfield, Mo., released an ARINC 801-compliant fiber optic terminus and size 8 adapter for use with its Combo-D connector family.

The Optik-D terminus has an optical insertion loss of 0.06 dB (typical) and a return loss in excess of 45 dB for multi-mode. It integrates a high performing optical terminus with a low cost connector housing, according to the company. This connector system also offers the flexibility to mix optical connections with traditional power, signal, coax and high-voltage contacts. Visit www.connectpositronic.com.

Tester

North Hills Signal Processing Corp., based in Syosset, N.Y., introduced the DBT300 hand-held tester. The new, enhanced tester expands the functionality of the previous tester with a minimal increase in size and weight, according to the company. The DBT300 performs all the tests done by the older generation systems plus adds features that measure Return Loss and Insertion Loss.

The DBT300 consists of a NH16746MA Main Unit, a NH16746R Remote Unit, a NH14017BC Battery Chargers for the Main and Remote Units and two 3-foot cable assemblies with PL73 connectors attached. It also includes 9V rechargeable batteries. Visit www.northhills-sp.com.

International Approvals

Garmin, based in Olathe, Kan., received several new international validations including approval in Europe for the King Air 300/350 G1000 upgrade as well as the more recent software enhancements for the GTN 750 and 650 series in Europe, Canada, and Brazil.

Specifically, Garmin has received EASA validation of the U.S. supplemental type certificate (STC) for the installation of the G1000 avionics suite in the King Air 300/350 models. This new approval adds to the existing validations from both Brazil and Canada, and adds to the King Air 200/B200 U.S. STC validations in Europe, Canada and Brazil.

The G1000 meets current European regulatory requirements including 8.33 kHz VHF Communication, VHF Com Immunity from FM radio broadcasts, B-RNAV, P-RNAV, APV/SBAS, RVSM, SSR Mode S Elementary Surveillance (ELS), SSR Mode S Enhanced Surveillance (EHS), Automatic Dependant Surveillance-Broadcast, and TAWS Class A or Class B. Additionally, this validation allows pilots to fly with the best-in-class GFC 700 autopilot as standard equipment. Visit www.garmin.com.

Distribution Agreement

Duncan Aviation, based in Lincoln, Neb., signed an agreement with Safran Power U.K. and Safran Power USA to become the exclusive worldwide distributor of Safran Power U.K. and Safran Power USA’s replacement starter generator specifically designed for the Learjet 60 aircraft. Duncan Aviation will house unit inventories on-site at its Lincoln, Neb., facility and is ready to send shipments worldwide. Visit www.duncanaviation.aero.

Maintenance Agreement

Sabena Technics has extended its 20-year global repair and overhaul affiliation with Honeywell by becoming a Honeywell MRO network partner for the company’s air transport customers.

Sabena said the contract builds on Sabena Technics’ existing accreditation with Honeywell as a parts and repair supplier. Under this agreement customers requiring servicing of Honeywell products have access to original Honeywell spares through Sabena Technics. Visit www.sabenatechnics.com.

Manufacturing Approval

SEA Wire and Cable received approval from Naval Air Command to manufacture products in accordance with WC 27500-2012. The approval applies to all products produced in the Madison, Ala., facility for groups 1, 6, 8, 10 and 12.Visit www.sea-wire.com.

VPX Graphics Card

Kontron introduced the VX3327, a 3U VPX graphics card with AMD Embedded Radeon E6760 GPU, designed for avionics and military technology.

With its 480 computing cores, Kontron’s OpenVPX-compliant board delivers a parallel data processing performance of up to 576 GFLOPs. It is optimized for compute-intense General Purpose Graphics Processing Unit (GPGPU) applications deployed in avionics and military technology which require superior situational awareness. According to the company, size, weight, power and cooling-critical applications benefit from the board’s lightweight construction, along with minimal power consumption of 35 watts, plus conduction cooling, withstanding extreme temperatures of -40°C to +85°C. Visit www.kontron.com.

UAT TSO

NavWorx, of Rowlett, Texas, was awarded FAA technical standard order (TSO) design approval for its ADS600-B remote mounted Universal Access Transceiver.

The ADS600-B meets the FAA’s 2020 mandate for ADS-B equipage. The ADS600-B sends ADS-B Out information and receives ADS-B In information including ADS-B, ADS-R and TIS-B traffic and FIS-B weather. It supports a variety of panel-mounted EFIS, MFD and portable displays.

Options include an ARINC 429 interface; a Wi-Fi adapter; and an internal TSO-C145c WAAS GPS from Accord Technology. Visit www.navworx.com.

Enhanced App

Landmark Aviation launched an upgraded version of its mobile application, Connect 2 Landmark. The app is currently available for Android and Apple devices. The upgraded app allows customers to lookup detailed information about Landmark’s FBO services, and enables customers to view MRO offerings and the current charter fleet, and allows them to request a charter quote. Visit www.landmarkaviation.com.

PlaneBalance App

Gulfstream released its new PlaneBalance application, a weight and calculation tool. The app complements the company’s PlaneBook iPad application, an electronic document management system. Visit www.gulfstream.com.

Transceiver TSO

FreeFlight Systems, of Waco, Texas, received FAA technical standard order (TSO) authorization for its RANGR FDL-978-XVR Automatic Dependent Surveillance‐Broadcast (ADS-B) 978MHz transceiver family with optional internal WAAS/GPS.

The system provides full ADS-B In and ADS-B Out capability, with a high integrity WAAS/GPS in a single box. Using the RANGR FDL-978-XVR, pilots can receive TIS-B and FIS-B uplinks, giving them access to traffic, graphical weather and other data displayed on a compatible MFD or iPad via our Wi-Fi module as well as being fully compliant with the upcoming ADS-B equipage mandate, according to the company.

The system also meets DO‐160 requirements for helicopter applications and is certified to DO-282B/TSO C154c, TSO-C157a, TSO-C195a, and TSO-145c. Visit www.freeflightsystems.com.

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