U.K. Office

Satcom Direct, based in Satellite Beach, Fla., opened an office in Farnborough, U.K., located inside Hangar 2 at TAG Farnborough Airport.

The office will provide European customers with physical access to Satcom Direct’s avionics and testing lab, training facility, and support services for pilots, flight operations and maintenance staff.

Visit www.satcomdirect.co.uk.

Legend Panels

Cobham Aerospace Communications added removable legend panels to its N301A audio controller. The legend panels allow installers to change control names on the N301A without removing it from the cockpit panel or returning to a dealership, the company said.

They are available in kits with multiple text options, including international languages, and legends are customizable to suit any operator specification.

Visit www.cobham.com.

CMS Monitor

Aircraft Cabin Systems (ACS), based in Redmond, Wash., introduced a line of in-flight entertainment video monitors, designed for use with the Honeywell Ovation Select Cabin Management System (CMS). The line includes four LCD monitors sized at 24-, 32-, 42- and 46-inches. They include a built-in Honeywell system decoder, which allows direct connection to the Ovation CMS Ethernet backbone. This permits the HD ACS Ethernet Monitors to be used with any of the cabin video sources available with the Honeywell CMS, including Blu-ray players that typically provide the source of 1080p HD movies, the company said.

Visit www.aircraftcabinsystems.com.

App Upgrade

ARINC DirectSM released an upgrade to its iPad flight planning application.

Version 2.3 introduces an Annotation feature that allows pilots to add and edit flight notes directly into the application. Pilots can connect via Bluetooth to share note-taking responsibilities and annotated notes can be e-mailed for archival purposes. The Notifications icon has been placed so that users can quickly recognize when a new alert has arrived, according to the company.

Visit www.arinc.com.


Green Hills Software, based in Santa Barbara, Calif., has forged a strategic partnership with Freescale Semiconductor, based in Austin, Texas, to offer optimized products and services for developers of functional safety and general-purpose applications on the PX series of microcontrollers.

According to the company, the partnership will give avionics manufacturers the freedom to choose from a range of silicon, software and safety architecture services. Visit www.ghs.com.

iPad Moving Map

Rockwell Collins said its Airshow 3-D moving map will be available for the Apple iPad. Dassault is the first OEM to offer Airshow for iPads in cabins equipped with FalconCabin HD+, the company said.

The app will be available via iTunes this year. Existing Rockwell Collins Airshow 4000 or Venue HD cabin management system users will be able to take advantage of the app through a system upgrade. Visit www.rockwellcollins.com.

RTOS Support

DDC-I, of Phoenix, added support for ARINC Specification 653 Part 1 to its DO-178B certifiable Deos real-time operating system (RTOS). DDC-I said its hybrid architecture supports both ARINC 653 Part 1 and Part 4, providing a flexible solution that scales from the simplified Part 4 model for less complex Line Replaceable Units to Part 1 support for Integrated Modular Avionics systems.

Developers utilizing ARINC 653 Part 1 will have access to a modular RTOS that facilitates software and certification artifact reuse, and employs slack scheduling that allows up to 100 percent processor utilization by harvesting unused worst-case execution time, according to the company. Visit www.ddci.com.


Flight Display Systems, of Alpharetta, Ga., added the Select Cabin Management System (CMS) Platinum, which allows users of the company’s CMS to control cabin electronics with their iPad or iPhone. The app is free to download from the App Store, but requires Select CMS Platinum to operate, the company said.

Visit www.flightdisplay.com.

Switch System

EADS North America Test and Services, based in Irvine, Calif., introduced its sixth-generation switch system family, the Racal Instruments 1257A RF Interface Units. The company is offering the units in sizes from 1U to 6U and with a range of customization options.

The RFIUs are compatible with most software environments. In addition, all units include relay counters to monitor end of life, ensuring they will not fail during an important test.

Visit www.ts.eads-na.com.

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