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By Jonathan Ray | February 1, 2009
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Maintenance Center

Duncan Aviation will build a full-service business aviation maintenance facility in Provo, Utah. The facility, which is set to open in August 2010, will provide airframe, engine, interior completions, exterior paint and avionics installation services for business aircraft.

Duncan has two other full-service support facilities, one at its headquarters in Lincoln, Neb., and one in Battle Creek, Mich.


Engine Monitoring

StandardAero and Shadin Avionics announced a plan to jointly market a next generation electronic engine monitoring system for the PT6A turbine engine.

The Shadin Avionics ETM-XL is an electronic trend sampling and exceedance monitoring system recording flight duration, engine cycles, trends and exceedances set by predetermined engine limits.

Co-branded by StandardAero and Shadin Avionics, the ETM-XL records data continuously, allowing operators to monitor their engines for enhanced flight safety, lower maintenance costs, reduced down time and increased aircraft resale value, the companies said. Equipment will be available for installation at the end of the first quarter 2009, they said.


Phenom 100 Training

The CAE and Embraer training joint venture, Embraer CAE Training Services, launched its first pilot and technical training programs for the Phenom 100 at CAE’s facility in Dallas.

The first Phenom 100 full-flight simulator (FFS) is located at the facility. A second Phenom 100/300 FFS was scheduled to be deployed at the CAE Burgess Hill training center in the United Kingdom, in the first quarter 2009.

The first technical training course, which is instructor-led and computer-based, began in August 2008. The first pilot training began in September, with additional courses also underway and scheduled to take place on a regular basis.

The program includes up to 23 hours of computer-based training, followed by 40 hours of instructor-led ground school, involving Integrated Procedures Trainer sessions, and about 32 simulator-hours based on a two-person crew.


VLJ Support Services

ARINC, based in Annapolis, Md., introduced Web-enabled flight support services for operators of Very Light Jets (VLJ) and other general aviation aircraft with takeoff weights below 12,500 pounds, including small turboprops and other entry-level corporate planes.

The ARINC package includes a suite of support services available online at an annual subscription rate of $1,500.

Services include comprehensive flight planning, weather, aircraft tracking, runway analysis and weight and balance applications. The applications are accessible through a standard Internet connection, Blackberry or smartphone.


FPGA Engine

VMETRO introduced the FPE320, a 3U VPX FPGA processing engine with support for the new FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC/VITA 57) standard. It incorporates the largest available Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs and an onboard FMC mezzanine site, the company said.

The package is ideal for real-time applications such as Electronic Warfare and Signals Intelligence, Electronic Counter Measures and UAV sensor acquisition, the company said.

The FPE320 is VPX (VITA 46) compliant with 0.8-inch pitch, and is available in both air and conduction cooled versions. Visit

MasterFlight’ Wire

WireMasters, Columbia, Tenn., introduced "MasterFlight," a wire product designed for in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems on commercial aircraft.

MasterFlight is designed to meet or exceed standards for aviation wire in a variety of applications, including data bus, Ethernet, high-speed transmissions and IFE systems, the company said.

The wiring offers low emittance, low attenuation, low smoke generation, high bandwidth and industry leading time-delay performance with minimal signal loss. MasterFlight is available in two versions — one with a jacket made of Fluorinated ethylene propylene and the other with Tefzel. Visit

Office Relocation

Emteq, of New Berlin, Wis., has relocated its Florida engineering office from Miami to Miramar. The 5,000-square-foot office can accommodate growth of up to 10 additional staff.

The Florida group offers design, certification and consulting services for the commercial retrofit aviation markets.


Real-Time OS

DDC-I, of Phoenix, released a pair of real-time operating systems.

The first, called "Deos" (DDC-I Embedded Operating System), targets the high-end safety-critical market, with a focus on military and aerospace applications. The second, a microkernel called "HeartOS," will target general embedded as well as low- to mid-range safety-critical applications, the company said.

DDC-I said Deos is optimized for safety-critical applications that place a premium on reliability, real-time performance, testability and formal certifiability. HeartOS is a POSIX-compliant, deterministic RTOS optimized for small- to medium-sized safety-critical applications with tight space and time constraints.


DC Accelerometers

Measurement Specialties, of Hampton, Va., introduced two rugged DC accelerometers for steady state and transient measurement in harsh environments. Applications include flight and vehicle testing, transportation measurements, mining, ship shock and environmental testing, the company said.

The accelerometers are suitable for both low-level and high-end transient shock measurements, and provide shock protection to over 10,000g without affecting calibration, the company said.


Authorized Dealer

Global Aviation, of Hillsboro, Ore., has become a Rockwell Collins dealer. The agreement authorizes the company to sell and install Rockwell Collins cockpit and cabin avionics, including new equipment, upgrades and retrofits.

Additional products include in-flight entertainment and cabin information systems, including live, multi-region airborne TV, audio/video-on-demand, moving maps, real-time e-mail and Internet access, the company said.


CAN Controller

AcQ Inducom, of Oss, The Netherlands, released a quad channel Controller Area Network (CAN) fieldbus controller, the PMC408. The company said the controller is suitable for standard CAN 2.0B, but also for the new ARINC 825 protocol.

The PMC408 is built around the MPC8247 PowerQUICC II processor with four MCP2515 CAN controllers. Each CAN channel is independently isolated using its own DC/DC converter and opto-coupler, the company said.

The PMC408 has a digital input channel, which may be used for time synchronization. Other features include PowerQUICC II; 32-bit PCI bus at 33MHz or 66 MHz; 4x CAN interface, MCP2515; and 4 Independent CAN 2.0B, ISO11898 interfaces. Visit

FMS Approval

Global Aviation, of Hillsboro, Ore., last year completed installation of Universal Avionics’ WAAS-enabled UNS-1Ew flight management system on an Astra business jet.

The installation represented the first certification approval for the system in an Astra, Universal Avionics announced in October.

The dual UNS-1Ew installation was approved for 3-D-coupled WAAS GPS approach types, including Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) procedures. Visit

Satcom Approval

Rockwell Collins’ SAT-6100B satellite communications system received Limited Type Approval from Inmarsat Services, as well as approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The system will be available in late 2008.

Rockwell Collins said the system offers SwiftBroadband functionality along with automatic fallback to Swift 64 when out of SwiftBroadband coverage. It also has 3 classic aeronautical channels (2 Aero H/H+ voice channels and a low speed data channel) and is approved for ICAO safety services.


New Company

Avionics Support Group, a Miami-based avionics systems integration, engineering, installation and manufacturing company, formed a separate company, ASG Aerospace, to provide avionics maintenance and modification services for corporate jets and narrowbody aircraft.

ASG Aerospace occupies an 11,000-square-foot hangar at the Kendall-Tamiami Airport in Miami and provides maintenance and modification services for avionics equipment including electronic flight bags, Iridium Satcom systems and LCD cabin displays.

Avionics Support Group said the new company was formed to fill a need to provide business jet maintenance and avionics modification expertise in the South Florida region.

ASG Aerospace operates as a separate company under the parent company, Avionics Support Group, and will employ 15 people. Visit

ODA Designation

Garmin, Olathe, Kan., received Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) from FAA.

The ODA designation allows Garmin to conduct certain activities on behalf of the FAA, such as the authority to issue supplemental type certificates (STC) approving installations of Garmin avionics in aircraft. Garmin said this delegation converts the existing Garmin Organization Designated Airworthiness Representative (ODAR) and Designated Alteration Station (DAS) organizations to ODA and extends the authority to include Garmin’s Salem, Ore., facility.


Angle Of Attack Sensor

SpaceAge Control, of Palmdale, Calif., introduced the 4239-01 angle of attack sensor, designed to meet the needs of commuter, business and general aviation aircraft.

The lower power requirement and smaller size of the connector benefit small and mid-size aircraft, according to the company. It weighs one pound, requires 100 W maximum power, has deicing capability, and has an electrical angle of -30 to +45 degrees.


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