Satcom Direct, based in Satellite Beach, Fla., has become a direct reseller for TriaGnoSys satellite communications products and equipment in the United States. Satcom Direct said it is the only TriaGnoSys reseller partner in the United States.

TriaGnoSys provides communications technology that uses satellite, air-to-ground and other radio links to connect communication networks through mobility routers. Satcom Direct’s reseller focus will be on TriaGnoSys’ SwiftBroadband Emulator, which simulates the behavior of live satcom and satellite IP networks, allowing system tests without real hardware or using satellite airtime.

Satcom Direct will also resell TriaGnoSys’ GSMConneX PRO, which enables operators to rapidly deploy mobile infrastructures and establish or extend communications to and from any location via satellite, including in remote areas and on aircraft, ships and trains, using TriaGnoSys’ traffic management software VoCeM. Visit

Berlin Office

Rockwell Collins opened Ascend flight information systems office in Berlin to provide flight support services for European business aircraft operators.

The new office will be located in the General Aviation Terminal area at the new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport.

Specific enhancements to the Ascend flight planning tools have been introduced to support European operations. These enhancements include Eurocontrol Central Flow Management Unit routes and validation. Ascend Regional Trip Support for European operators is part of the company’s Ascend flight information solutions offering.

For European-based flight departments that fly outside of Europe, Rockwell Collins said it will continue to serve their needs with Ascend International Trip Support.



Max-Viz, of Portland, Ore., received EASA supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for installation and operation of its Max-Viz EVS-1500 real-time infrared enhanced vision system on a number of Eurocopter twin-engine helicopter models.

Eurocopter EC135 T1, T2, T2+, P1, P2, and P2 are included in the EASA STC. The Max-Viz Enhanced Vision System is already operational on an emergency medical services-configured EC135 owned by Hélicoptères De France, which serves customers at the Hospitals Alençon, west of Paris in Normandy.


Altitude Integration Kit

Aspen Avionics, based in Albuquerque, N.M., added an optional KFC 200 altitude preselect integration kit to its approved model list supplemental type certificate.

The kit was developed and is distributed globally by Avionik Straubing of Germany.

This FAA approval authorizes integration of the APS4A Altitude Preselect System with the Evolution Flight Display System, and enables the KFC200 autopilot to automatically capture the target altitude set using the EFD1000 altitude bug.


iPad as EFB

Flight Options, of Cleveland, received FAA authorization to use Apple iPads as a Class 1 electronic flight bag (EFB) device for its Legacy 600 fleet.

Basic EFB features provide the ability to conduct flight planning calculations and access digital documentation displays such as navigational charts, operation manuals and applications and aircraft checklists.

Advanced EFB features allow pilots to locate aircraft positions on navigational charts (en route and approach) and access real-time weather conditions and in-house aircraft performance.

Flight Options said it is developing additional iPad functionality, including applications for status checks on aircraft maintenance and passenger identification.


Route Planning

Jeppesen introduced route planning functionality for its Jeppesen Mobile Flite- Deck app for iPad.

The added features simplify the route planning process for general and business aviation pilots through the ability to enter user waypoints and manipulate route creation and display via a new “rubber-banding” feature, the company said. This automatically designs an optimized flight path that avoids obstacles and provides alternative routing options.

Additional features introduced include lock-screen functionality; improved app symbols; and the ability to upload and access operations manuals on iPad, using Jeppesen Document Management Services and a cloud-based distribution system with Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck.


Amended STC

Avidyne, based in Lincoln, Mass., received an amended FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the MLX770 two-way worldwide Iridium datalink transceiver.

The amended STC extends its approved model list (AML) to include Pilatus and Diamond aircraft. This amended STC also adds the EX600 multi-function display (MFD) as an approved display.

The MLX770 is a single-channel Iridium transceiver that provides worldwide weather data products for display on Avidyne’s Entegra EX5000 and EX500 and EX600 MFD, as well as on Electronic Flight Bags from CMC Electronics and other manufacturers.



“Flying Safer Skies With Electronic Eyes: The Story of Airborne Collision Avoidance,” a book by Jack L. Shagena, Jr., and James E. Dalmas, presents the early history of aviation control and the history of the mathematical solution, the technology and the political will for implementing an airborne collision avoidance system. The book chronicles the evolution of the technology, which traces its roots back to a mid-air collision in the skies above northern Arizona and the research of Bendix/King mathematician John Smylie Morrel in 1956.


G1000 STC

Garmin received FAA supplemental type certification (STC) for the G1000 avionics suite in the Beechcraft King Air 300 and 350.

The G1000 avionics suite for the King Air 300/350 integrates all primary flight information, navigation data, communications, terrain awareness, traffic, weather and engine instruments on a 15-inch multi-function display and two 10.4-inch primary flight displays. The G1000 upgrade includes the GFC 700 three-axis, fully digital, dual channel, fail safe automatic flight control system. The GFC 700 includes features such as coupled LPV approaches, vertical navigation and flight level change.

The STC also includes approval for Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology. Visit

Box Coupler

Beta Transformer Technology Corp., of Bohemia, N.Y., introduced the BXC-A-3 three-stub box coupler. This coupler achieves Mil-Std-1553 compatibility, and is ideal for system development, laboratory, test and flight line applications, according to the company.

The BXC-A-3 operates over the full military temperature range of -55°C to +130°C. Visit

Static Inverter

True Blue Power, of Wichita, Kan., introduced TI1200 high-power static inverter. It produces 115 VAC at 60 Hz for 1200 watts of “wall outlet” power from an aircraft’s 28 VDC input. It powers high-tech cabin solutions, including in-flight entertainment systems, on-board galleys or devices such as emergency medical and law enforcement equipment, the company said.

At 7.3 pounds, the unit is a “drop-in” replacement for older-technology inverters and can be installed without requiring additional wiring or mounting, according to the company.


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