The largest gathering of avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world is taking place now in Washington DC! An opportunity for manufacturers, distributors, technicians and business leaders to network and look at new solutions for avionics.
The official event site boasts:
- More than 75 hours of FAA-accepted regulatory, technical and business management training.
- More than 100 exhibitors in the AEA Exhibit Hall.
- Meet the regulators and learn the latest issues impacting the avionics industry and your business.
- The introduction of new avionics products for 2012.
- AEA’s Show Specials – deep OEM to dealer discounts that could offset the cost of attending the entire show.
- AEA’s social events, including the First-Nighter Party with a Crab and Beer Fest, the annual Awards
- Luncheon and the Last Call Reception.
One exhibitor will be ARINC Direct offering flight support, flight planning, flight tracking, data services and flight deck communications for the business aviation community. For more information on these solutions please visit: business-flight-planning.com
Pro Line Fusion: procceding at pace
As it is January the aviation industry have been making forecasts and predictions on many aspects of the industry.
I read this week in Flight Global an article about the future of avionics. Manufacturers are likely to be avidly incorporating the next generation technology for communications, surveillance and navigation into flight deck technology.
One of the up and coming in this category are Rockwell Collins, as its Pro Line Fusion package goes live.
The Fusion avionics suite, which includes 15in displays, head-up and head-down synthetic vision, graphical flight planning and the industry’s first touch-screen displays on some models, will make its first in-service appearance in Bombardier’s Global Vision flight decks this month.
Fusion packages already in the field by mid-2012 will also have made available an upgrade package that will feature a surface management system (SMS) coupled to the flight management system. SMS will display own-ship position during taxi and includes aural and visual advisories during taxi, take-off, final approach, landing and roll-out. The upgrade will also include a vertical situation display, which gives a side view of the vertical profile in the flight plan or aircraft track.
This is one of many new technologies in this area for 2012 – news of others to follow.
This December Evergreen Airlines will start to fit out 6 Boeing 747 freighter with a new system that features enhanced GPS accuracy, flight global reported this week.
Evergreen will trial the new system for 2 years, collecting data on how effectively the aircraft maintain their routes and approached, using existing systems on the same routes as a control.
Positional accuracy will be increased from 1m to 1m in the new wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) by boosting correction signals that combined with basic GPS signals in on board receivers. A key benefit to having WAAS is the ability to fly vertical guidance precision (LPV) approaches, the GPS equivalent of a Category 1 instrument approach.
Globally, there are now three SBAS in operation – WAAS in the US, EGNOS in Europe and MSAS in Japan. A fourth system, GAGAN, is slated to come on line in India in 2013.
The FAA are keen to test the interoperability of all the systems for airborne navigation and instrument approach applications, hence the Evergreen programme.