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By Jonathan Ray | March 1, 2009
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New Web Site

Mid-Continent Instruments, Wichita, Kan., has launched a new Web site — — providing a new tool to enhance customer service

The new site was developed following a year of customer research and content organization, Mid-Continent said. The site provides faster and easier access to the company’s Overhaul and Exchange program and a library of manufactured products, catalogs, installation manuals and technical drawings. All documents are in PDF format and available for download at no cost.

The second phase of the redesign will feature e-commerce functionality, allowing customers to search inventory, price items, and make purchases online.

"The new site communicates our company’s forward thinking business philosophy," said Mid-Continent President Todd Winter. "We understand the importance of Internet-driven sales and providing our customers with quick and easy access to all that Mid-Continent has to offer."

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 SAT-6100B offers SwiftBroadband functionality along with automatic fall-back to Swift 64 when out of SwiftBroadband coverage. It also has three classic aeronautical channels: two Aero H/H+ voice channels and a low-speed data channel. The system is approved for ICAO safety services.


ASG Aerospace

Avionics Support Group, a Miami-based avionics systems integration, engineering, installation and manufacturing company, has 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 Executive Airport in Miami and provides maintenance and modification services for avionics equipment including electronic flight bags, Iridium satcom systems and LCD cabin displays.

ASG Aerospace operates separately of Avionics Support Group, employing 15 people. Visit

ODA Designation

Garmin International, Olathe, Kan., received Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) from FAA. The designation allows Garmin to conduct certain activities on behalf of the federal agency, such as approving installations of Garmin avionics in aircraft.

Garmin said the ODA designation 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.


EGPWS Support

Aero Instruments & Avionics, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., announced the addition of support for the Honeywell MK V and MK VII Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning Systems (EGPWS). The company said it is one of the first independent repair centers to offer test and repair capability for the system.

Support is offered for part numbers 965-0976-001/003 (MK V) and 965-1076-001/020/060 (MK VII).

Established in 1968, Aero Instruments & Avionics is an FAA and EASA approved avionics repair center.


Training Alliance

CAE formed an alliance with Honeywell under which CAE will become the preferred provider of training services for business, commercial and military aviation for Honeywell Aerospace, the companies said.

Under the alliance, CAE and Honeywell will provide training for technicians and flight operations personnel worldwide. Training will be delivered by Honeywell and CAE instructors.

CAE will use its simulation-based technology to maintain and update Honeywell’s courseware, which includes material for about 150 technical courses for a variety of aircraft types. CAE will begin delivering training programs at Honeywell’s facility in Phoenix and will expand the offering to worldwide locations in CAE’s network of training facilities.

VHF/UHF Antennas

Sensor Systems, Chatsworth, Calif., introduced two VHF/UHF antennas designed for Rockwell Collins ARC-210, Raytheon ARC-231 and Rohde & Schwarz M3AR 6000 radios. The antennas, designated S65-8282-831 and S65-8282-931, are tuned through the 30-512 MHz band.

The S65-8282-831 is less than 10 inches tall, and is ideal when speeds of greater than Mach 1 must be considered, the company said. The 15.6-inch S65-8282-931 is a low-drag, aerodynamic version of the digitally tuned antenna that provides the same high gain as the S65-8282-831 and is suited for jet fighters used in ground support missions.


Messaging Middleware

Real-Time Innovations (RTI), Sunnyvale, Calif., has improved its Data Distribution Service real-time messaging middleware. New features ease the integration of large-scale real-time applications with high-capacity networked sensors that are often used in radar and imaging applications.

The new features allow real-time systems, including those designed for air-traffic management, combat management and C4ISR applications, to analyze more data from more sensors for increased situational awareness, RTI said.

RTI Data Distribution Service decouples the software embedded within sensors from the applications that consume sensor data. It connects sensors and applications by discovering which sensors and data are available and then distributing data of interest to each application.


Weather Training

Aviation Tutorials Co., based in Franklin, Wis., launched "Weather Statement Groundschool 3.0," a three-hour training course on Meterological Aviation Routine Weather Reports (METAR), Terminal Area Forecasts (TAF) and Pilot Reports (PIREPs). The course is available on CD-ROM or for download.


RTOS Board Support

Kontron, of Eching, Germany, and LynuxWorks, San Jose, Calif., announced support for LynuxWorks’ LynxOS-SE 5.0 on Kontron’s ITC-320 3U CompactPCI CPU board, which is based on the Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

The combination of the Kontron ITC-320 with the LynxOS-SE 5.0 real-time operating system (RTOS) provides a secure computing solution that is ideally suited for "medium robustness" security applications as defined by the U.S. government, the companies said.

The LynxOS-SE 5.0 board support package is designed to meet stringent requirements for secure, real-time mission-critical applications and allows defense developers to benefit from an out-of-the-box hardware/software solution optimized for harsh environments.

"The Kontron ITC-320 rugged 3U CompactPCI x86 CPU board has generated huge interest among OEMs and system integrators for military and transportation applications. The availability of LynxOS-SE on the Kontron ITC-320 extends the use of COTS products to high-end military and avionics applications that require enhanced safety and reliability features such as time and space partitioning," stated Norbert Hauser, Kontron vice president of marketing.


Video Card

Great River Technology, Albuquerque, N.M., introduced the Matrix PCI express 4-lane video card for high-speed ARINC 818 and Fibre Channel Audio Video (FC-AV) applications.

The Matrix series cards are capable of recording or transmitting video at 500 MB/s and are built with Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA technology. The cards were created for applications including digital video recorders, simulation and engineering labs, flight-test programs and factory test equipment.

The boards can be used in systems to test PFD, MFD and HUD cockpit displays; visual and infrared imaging sensors; video concentrators; and map and chart systems, Great River said. Visit

Datalink TSO

The MLX770 two-way datalink transceiver from Avidyne Corp., Lincoln, Mass., received FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) C159 approval.

The MLX770 provides datalink weather services to Avidyne Entegra and EX500 equipped aircraft operating worldwide.

The transceiver initially is targeted at the large, installed base of Avidyne-equipped aircraft, including more than 600 Entegra-equipped Cirrus SR20s and SR22s based in Europe. Visit

Distribution Agreement

DAC International, Austin, Texas, signed an exclusive distribution agreement with TracPlus USA, of Peachtree City, GA., by which DAC will distribute the TracPlus aircraft tracking, messaging and data service.

The data service complements DAC’s Gen-X electronic flight bag, and integrates tracking and messaging data from a variety of third-party tracking hardware, the companies said. Visit

EVS Distributor

FLIR Systems, of Portland, Ore., named Avionics International Supply (AIS), Denton, Texas, a dealer for its EVS3 thermal imaging enhanced vision system (EVS). AIS is a wholesale distributor representing more than 90 manufacturers of avionics products.

The EVS3 is a thermal imaging camera that allows flight crews to see in darkness and through obscurants like smog, smoke and dust. It is built specifically for general aviation and corporate aircraft.

The EVS system’s high-resolution infrared detector creates real-time thermal imagery that can be displayed on any multi-function or secondary aircraft display that has an auxiliary video input. Visit


Cutter Aviation Technical Services, of Phoenix, was awarded a FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for modification and replacement of Attitude Heading Reference Systems in Hawker Beechcraft Beechjet 400A aircraft.

The STC replaces existing Rockwell Collins dual AHS-85E units with the new Rockwell Collins AHS-3000A. Visit

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