Commercial, Embedded Avionics

New Products

By Jonathan Ray | September 1, 2011
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Databus Software

Data Device Corp. (DDC), of Bohemia, N.Y., added data reconstruction functionality to its dataSIMS bus analyzer software (version 4.1 and later).

DDC said the dataSIMS Bus Analysis and Simulation software package allows users to create an environment of simulation, acquisition, display and storage of real-time data. It simulates and monitors multiple mixed Mil-Std-1553 and ARINC 429 data streams, and has the ability to bring in any other I/O.

Reconstruction mode enables users to replay Mil-Std-1553 and ARINC 429 recorded data onto the bus; single-step through data streams to pinpoint problems; display data in a wide variety of user-friendly formats; quickly locate data of interest with advanced search capabilities; and generate engineering unit and raw data reports. Visit

Fuel Management STC

The fuel management kit from Shadin Avionics, of St. Louis Park, Minn., received EASA supplemental type certification (STC) for installation on Bell 206 and 407 helicopters. Additionally, the company received a STC for fuel flow transducer installation on Rolls-Royce 250 series aircraft engines.

The STCs enable the installation of the Shadin fuel flow transducer and Digiflo-L or Miniflo-L indicators. The engine STC allows for installation of the fuel flow transducer that supports Shadin’s Engine Trend Monitor (ETM), Fuel Flow Indicators, Air Data Computers and glass displays from other manufacturers as well. Visit

Cabin Networking Device

TrueNorth Avionics, of Ottawa, Canada, introduced a Wi-Fi cabin networking device, the TrueNorth Express+, designed to manage wireless communications, in-flight entertainment and cabin management devices.

Using a built-in Ethernet-to-Wi-Fi link, the TrueNorth Express+ interfaces with all FCC-approved airborne wireless devices, from communications units to in-flight entertainment units to cabin control systems to electronic flight bags in the cockpit by creating a RTCA DO-160-qualified wireless access point for the aircraft. The first installation is being performed by AMAC Aerospace of Basel, Switzerland, aboard a B777 business aircraft. Visit

Power Management

TE Connectivity (TE) introduced an Advanced Power Load Management System (APLMS) that has been designed by combining software and embedded microcontrollers to answer the rising need of small aircraft for automated power via data bus communication and control.

The APLMS provides automated electrical load management that reduces the burden on the flight crew to oversee the health and status of the electrical network, according to the company. The system is able to make decisions and reconfigure the electrical system to restore electrical power in the event of a power failure or wiring faults. The system can monitor a variety of power qualities and intelligently execute load shedding and fault isolation functions, all while providing the necessary status updates to the pilot and flight crew. Visit

Flight Information System

Rockwell Collins added European Union Regional Trip Support (RTS) to its Ascend flight information systems product line.

Ascend EU RTS provides flight departments access to a suite of flight operations applications and services from up-to-the-minute dispatch and flight planning to real-time synchronization of aircraft and ground systems anywhere in the world, according to the company.

The Ascend flight information systems are scalable to individual flight department. Features include flight planning and filing; runway analysis/weight and balance; concierge services; worldwide textual and graphical weather products.


Satcom STC

SkyTrac Systems, of Kelowna, British Columbia, received EASA installation approvals for automated flight following and satellite communications system on Eurocopter AS 332 Super Puma, EC 120, EC 135 and EC 225 models and Bell 407 and 206. Visit

AFDX Product Line

TTTech, of Vienna, Austria, introduced its new Avionics Full-Duplex Switched Ethernet (AFDX) product line.

TTTech said the product line’s includes certifiable AFDX production hardware including avionics data network switches and end systems, developed according to RTCA DO-254 DAL A, RTCA DO-178B DAL A and RTCA DO-160F. Visit

Signal Conditioner

Meggitt Sensing Systems, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., introduced the Endevco model 133, a three-channel piezoelectric signal conditioner with a wide bandwidth of 100 KHz.

The system offers a standard RS232 serial interface and supports both ISOTRON and charge output piezoelectric accelerometers with either manual or computer programmable configurations. Operation and programming of the Endevco model 133 is achieved via the LED illuminated front panel with adjustable gain range of 0 to 1,000. Visit

RTOS Upgrade

Green Hills Software, of Santa Barbara, Calif., said the newest version of its INTEGRITY-178B real-time operating system (RTOS) supports multicore processors with initial availability on Freescale Semiconductor’s family of QorIQ processors.

The latest version of INTEGRITY-178B adds new operating system capabilities for multicore processors, enabling multiple independent safety- and/or security-critical applications to execute on a multicore operating environment in a predictable and bounded manner.


Emissions Monitoring

Jeppesen, of Englewood, Colo., and U.K.-based ETS Aviation, Ltd. have teamed to provide a system to monitor, record, analyze and report flight data within European airspace, in order to comply with regulatory requirements for managing carbon emissions set by the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme guidelines.

The partnership allows operators to integrate a web-based application, the ETS Aviation Footprinter, with Jeppesen’s International Trip Planning services to manage essential monitoring, recording and reporting of carbon emissions in flight, according to the companies.



MicroPilot, of Manitoba, Canada, introduced MP2128g2 and MP2128HELI2, enhanced versions of its board level autopilots for fixed-wing and rotorcraft applications.

The company said improved accelerometers and rate gyros give the MP2128g2 and MP2128HELI2 better attitude estimate for superior control. Other features include improved memory architecture; increased feedback loop update rates; increased onboard RAM; and increased onboard Flash.


Study Apps

Sporty’s Pilot Shop, based in Batavia, Ohio, updated its study apps for the iPhone and iPad.

The Flight Review App, which is based on Sporty’s Private Pilot Flight Training Course, includes a review quiz, including the relevant video segment for test review. The app is broken down into six subject areas and 42 video segments, and contains more than 90 minutes of 3-D animations and in-flight video.

In addition, Sporty’s Instrument Proficiency Check App now includes a review quiz as well as the FAA publication “Instrument Proficiency Check Guidance,” also printable with AirPrint.


AS9100 Certification

Tekdata Interconnections Ltd., of Staffordshire, U.K., achieved certification to the Aviation, Defence and Space Quality Standard AS9100 at Revision C, following a successful assessment by the British Standards Institution, the U.K.’s National Standards Body.



Holt Integrated Circuits, of Mission Viejo, Calif., introduced a transceiver family that meets TIA 422-B and TIA-485-A specifications.

All devices in the family offer extended power supply range (3.0V to 5.5V), controlled slew rate and a wide common mode voltage range (-15V to +15V). The company said driver slew rate control and pre-emphasis ensure optimum performance in environments having strict EMI/EMC requirements, such as avionics flight controls and industrial automation.

Each device delivers at least ± 1.54V and ± 2.45V output drive at worst-case supply voltages of 3.0V and 4.5V, respectively, over an extended temperature range of −55°C to +125°C.



Avidyne, based in Lincoln, Mass., unveiled its AXP340 Mode S Transponder with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out capability.

The AXP340 is a panel-mounted Class 1 (240Watt), Mode S, Level 2 1090MHz Datalink Transponder with Extended Squitter (ES) that meets all the requirements for Mode S elementary surveillance for both IFR and VFR flight.

The system is a slide-in replacement for existing KT76A/KT78A transponders and is designed to upgrade existing Mode A/C equipment to Mode S, while adding additional functionality like a Direct-entry Numeric Keypad, Pressure Altitude & GPS Lat/Lon readout, Flight ID entry, one-touch VFR code entry, Stop Watch Timer, Flight Timer and Altitude Alerter, Avidyne said. Visit

Router Software

Satcom1, of Greve, Denmark, announced partnerships with Emteq, of New Berlin, Wis., International Communication Group, of Newport News, Va. and Schuett/AES, of Germany, to provide its proprietary router software, AvioIP, to customers.

The partnerships will allow customers to purchase complete router systems and take advantage of the unique Satcom1 AvioIP features, the companies said.



Aspen Avionics, based in Albuquerque, N.M., introduced a line of Connected Panel products that integrate aviation application data from personal handheld devices with certified avionics installed in an aircraft’s panel.

Connected Panel includes hardware, software and application components that provide two-way wireless communications between panel avionics and personal smart devices. This technology is enabled via Aspen’s Evolution Flight Displays. Initial applications are in development for Apple iOS and Android platforms.

The hardware is enclosed in a small box called the CG100 that is blind-mounted behind the aircraft’s panel. It contains wireless, Bluetooth and USB connectivity options, as well as flash memory storage.



Deutsch, of East Sussex, U.K., teamed up with GigaCom, of Banbury, U.K., to produce an expanded beam offering compatible with the MIL-DTL-83526 hermaphroditic fiber optic connector range.

The TMC Illustris incorporates precision aligned Expanded Beam Optical Sub-Assembly technology from GigaCom. The TMC is available from Deutsch as component connectors and terminated cable assemblies, optionally fitted to a variety of deployable reels for vehicle mounting and personnel back-packs.


Distribution Agreement

Peerless Electronics, based in Bethpage, N.Y., signed an agreement to distribute a line of specialized switches and connectors from CW Industries, of Southampton, Pa.

Peerless will be stocking CW’s connectors for the defense and aerospace industries. Also, Peerless will stock CW’s line of environmentally sealed toggle, pushbutton and rocker switches (including specialty hi-amp reversing switches).


Remote Transponder

Garmin, of Olathe, Kan., introduced the GTX 23 ES remote transponder, a new remote-mounted Mode-S extended squitter transponder for experimental and light sport aircraft (LSA). The GTX 23 ES is designed for use with the G3X glass cockpit, Garmin’s flight display designed for the experimental and LSA market.

Garmin said the GTX 23 ES remote transponder delivers 250 watts of power output, auto standby and Traffic Information Services interface.

The GTX 23 ES interfaces with the G3X display, a customizable primary flight display/multifunction display combination that features one, two or three all-glass displays; magnetometer; ADAHRS (combined air data and AHRS unit) and engine monitoring.


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