The FAA has recently approved a Universal Avionics Insight Display System. Created for a more user-friendly operation and for a better manual performance.
This newly improved system creates a new way to operate. Essentially building a faster more effective way to maneuver from a screen. The Insight has been opted with the latest technology to be able to be fitted and added to new platforms/retrofit installations.
Great for adding an additional component opposed to the replacement of the entire operating system. Being cost efficient was one of the main ideas while creating the entire systems. Having to replace the entire control systems can be pricey which Is why many operators stick with the manufactures system.
Per a statement made by Dan Reida, Universal Avionics Vice President of Sales mentions U.A is a great product for many types of different operations despite the obstacles,
"high-resolution terrain with ice and water features, and advanced airport maps, runways, and special use airspace, we are able to add value to almost any flight deck."
Different types of configurations are available such as the 3- and or the 4-10.4
Some of the characteristics that are very valued by customers are the system’s ability for enhanced mapping systems, embedded charting, radioing capability, and a weather broadcasting.
Along with many of those traits the EFI- Displays are equipped with new innovative “Point & Click “control system for maximum efficiency.
Bringing almost wireless connectivity with less service terminations to project display on display communication and control. Operators are able to create their own personal profiles when using the system to create a more centered system on personal preferences.
Able to be adjusted to fit the “single SPD/HDG/ALT SEL controller or multiple separate HDG/CRS and SPD/ALT SEL controllers.”
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World renown leasing aircraft company Company has finalized their decsion on inputting the latest GEnx engine into a Boeing 787. The Genx Engine is one of the newest, most innovative engines that promotes eco friendliness along with being very fuel efficient. The Boeing 787 will be built for GE Aviation use as they promote “eco imagination.” Ecomagination is GE Aviation’s standards of being more efficient and more ecofriendly with all their projects and products.
This transaction is only a continuation of a relationship that Air Leasing Company and Boeing carry. Their previous works has been the implementation of 30 GenEX engines into previous 787 aircrafts.
Officials have been very pleased with the new engines and their efficiency. This not only benefits their business but the business of their customers. Per the President and CEO of Air Lease Company, John L Plueger,
“This engine has demonstrated excellent operational performance and environmental efficiency and will deliver real advantages to airline operators.”
Being compared to GE’s CF6 engine the GEnx-1B engine is a far better of a choice for a large aircraft distributing company such as the Air Leasing Company. The GEnx-1B engine not only more fuel efficient and creates far less noise as well. Reduces an approximate 15% less emission of CO2.
The GEnx engines has the capability of also reducing NOx gases as much 50 % alongside other known gases up to 90%. Including the potential to be able to lower the noise percentage by 40 %. The noise reduction is possible by the innovative fan blades working at a slower tip speed.
Per their efficiency they have been a commodity on the market with a total 1600 Gene-1B engines to 51 separate worldwide customers.
Airbus, an international pioneer in the aerospace industry, has collaborated with Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, a company that delivers manufacturing solutions, to create 3-D printed polymer components for its A350 XWB aircraft. Stratasys will use its production- grade thermoplastics to build strong, long lasting and stable parts required for the aircraft. Stratasys will also employ its ULTEM 9085 material to print the components needs for system installation. This agreement and the use of 3-D printed parts will allow Airbus to achieve supply cost flexibility and competitiveness. It will also reduce material consumption and waste, making it a great investment for the environment. This agreement will allow for Stratasys to be able to print and deliver multiple parts on demand to airbus, allowing for improved reactivity and shorter turnaround times aka not having to wait three to four weeks for factory production. Stratasys has an expertise in building parts that are aircraft ready, they also have a process that sets them apart from everyone else allowing them to improve quality procedures and controls. There are clearly so many advantages to 3-D parts, airbus is taking full advantage of this new era. Now almost all airbus aircraft parts will be made from 3D materials.
As a company, Stratasys began making 3-D parts in 2014 using ULTEM 9085 material to build applications that were available to be put on an aircraft. It was in the same year that the production of flying components, specifically for Airbus, were starting to be made. This is a huge step towards the future for the aerospace world. No longer will parts be extremely heavy, take forever to make, or be highly fragile and breakable. 3-D part printing is not only the future of Airbus parts but the future of aerospace, and soon many more aircrafts will jump on the train.
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Boeing, the world’s largest and leading aircraft company, recently completed its KC-46 tanker electromagnetic testing. The testing team included the US Airforce and the Naval air systems command. The testing was conducted to determine whether or not the aircraft would operate safely while going through electromagnetic fields produced by radars, radio towers and other systems under mission conditions. The KC-46 tanker has multiple hard-shell shielding technologies that are all designed into the aircraft to nullify any bad effects on the aircraft.
The KC-46 is a military aircraft, it goes by the code name Pegasus. It is a widebody, multirole tanker that has the ability to refuel all United States allied and coalition military aircraft that are adaptable with international aerial refueling procedures. This military aircraft is designed to carry passengers, patients and cargo. It is also able to detect, avoid, overpower and survive threats. The KC-46 does this using its multiple layers or protection, as mentioned above. The testing conducted for the KC-46 confirms that the number one key risk factor can be retired.
The testing for the military aircraft was conducted on the Naval Air Station Patuxent River for electromagnetic pulse. Testing also took place at the Naval Electromagnetic Radiation Facility, and the Benefield Anechoic Facility at the Air force base in Edwards California. The testing involved hitting the military aircraft with large pulses from coil/transformer that was situated directly above the aircraft. The main goal was to make the simulation as real as if it were happening while in flight. The KC-46 military aircraft has protection that ranges from pulse hardening to cockpit armor.
This aircraft also has an unbelievable lifecycle, which overall makes it a cost-efficient choice. This includes redundant displays and controls which improves controls for improved instruction and reliability.
In this advanced day of gaming having the top computer technology goes a long way. Yorkshire based sensing firm Peratech designed the world’s first computer mouse with force-sensitive analogue buttons called the Z mouse of Swiftpoint. It is the first mouse with pivot, tilt and roll, letting user to access dozens of different button actions while barely moving their fingers. Peratech’s intellectual property is around a group of elastomers dubbed ‘quantum tunneling composites. The mouse buttons have been branded ‘Deep Click’ and are used with the mouse’s built-in tactile feedback. One of the benefits for gamers is it includes the configuring activation force and the ability to control throttle or speed when driving, flying or running. Integrated scope and zoom control is now possible, and gamers can use a normal click for a light attack or a harder click for heavy attack.
Swiftpoint CTO Grant Odgers commented,
“The force control offered by Peratech’s SP200-10 sensors enabled us to create a product with the intuitive analogue control gamers want, and it isn’t just gamers who can benefit, Deep Click pressure-sensitive buttons give designers and programmers an enhanced user experience through multi-level text selection and enhanced copy and paste. In fact, anyone who creates, edits and views documents now has more precise control when navigating applications and data as they can scroll through documents slowly or quickly based on force.”
With this new technology comes with many electronic components and sensor products and accessories parts that need to be ordered and distributed. Some of the parts that they used for the Z mouse are plug-in SP200-10 sensors and carbon inter-digitated connectors.
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In the south of Spain lies the Morón Air Base. this is where Airbus leading aircraft manufacturer just completed noise tests for their A35-100 model between March 27 and April 5. As part of its type certification flight test campaign. These tests are being conducted prior to the Airbus aircraft model’s entry into service, projected to happen before the end of this year.
The company utilized ground facilities on the air base to measure external noise levels during take-off and landing phases of flight. They also tested and measured the engine run-ups and general fly-over noise level. The ground facilities were equipped with instruments and sensors to take highly accurate measurements of the Airbus aircraft noise levels.
The Airbus aircraft model comes equipped with the newest Rolls-Royce engine, offering the latest and most up-to-date aerodynamic technology. This brand new Rolls-Royce engine also helps to keep the Airbus A350-1000 aircraft’s noise footprint extremely low.
The first results from the test already showing promising signs that this model is very quiet. It is within compliance with external noise certification requirements with significant margins. A similar Airbus model, the A35-900, is currently in service with eleven carriers worldwide, making it very likely that this new model will be a great addition, and will make the neighborhoods around airports pleased by its ability to avoid high noise levels.
The Type Certification campaign, which is a very intensive process, is progressing as planned. Three Airbus A350-1000 aircraft are flying this campaign. This model offers unparalleled levels of operating efficiency. It is the leading widebody group, while also having very low noise levels and true long-range capabilities. This on top of the fact that it has a longer fuselage to accommodate 40 mote passengers than Airbus’ previous version. It has a much more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engine.
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Honeywell Aerospace leading manufacturer of aircraft engines and avionics. They also produce auxiliary power units and other miscellaneous aviation products.
In recent news, the organization has announced they are making high-speed in-flight connectivity for helicopters more accessible with its Aspire 200 satellite communications. This connectivity has always been relatively problematic since the rotors essentially distort the incoming and outgoing microwave radio beam. This causes errors, and delays in time and efficiency.
Thankfully, Immarsat has a High-Data Rate mode, or HDR, on its L-band SwiftBroadband service, making things a little bit easier on helicopter owners and operators. This HDR mode came into use after they had completed a software update to its satellites, which originally had short-burst waveform. This was extended to include longer bursts of data.
HDR has the added positive feature of being able to provide faster speeds for fixed-wing aircrafts. This gives aircraft operators and passengers faster internet broadband while airborne. Honeywell states the Aspire 200 SwiftBroadband system brings reliable, consistent, high-speed connectivity capabilities to the helicopter.
These capabilities were recently demonstrated from a Leonardo AW139 which was in the air. It was able to connect a passenger to the ground during a FaceTime conversation. This high-spped in-flight connectiviity, via the Aspire 200 SwiftBroadband, is an exciting advancement for the organization and for aircraft technology as a whole
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Home to 59 twin-engine UH-1N helicopters, The Air Force is preparing for an increase in their current inventory. The existing helicopters first entered service 1970. They are currently being used for security at a number of nuclear missile sites. The Air Force defense contractors are currently in preparation to release proposals for more than 80 helicopters to be added to the existing inventory. This comes under service’s UH-1N Huey Replacement Program. A draft request for proposals is being anticipated for release in April, with the final plan to follow this summer. A contract is planned to be presented in 2018, with deliveries to begin one year later.
The service had come across some resistance from Congress for a previous contract to be awarded to Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky for UH-60M Black Hawks. After failure to complete the initial contract, the Air Force made the decision to complete this program last spring. There were some delays by about 2 months, but the requirement for 84 helicopters within the contract is expected to stay the same.
In February Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky announced that it will offer Black Hawk helicopter for the program, in addition to three HH-60Us the service already possesses. The U-model has modifications which include an electro-optical sensor and a rescue hoist. Sikorsky’s Black Hawk offers a tested and proven helicopter that the Air Force already has in inventory in compliance with the requirements of the UH-1N Huey Replacement Program. Sikorsky states this is a safe solution for the Air Force. It will result in considerable savings and enable to service to support two vital national defense missions.
In addition to the Sikorsky offer, on February 25, Boeing also announced that it would be making an offer for the AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter for the requirement. Boeing collaborated with Italy’s Leonardo Helicopters for this offer. Boeing would serve as the prime contractor for an MH-139 variant, which is built by Leonardo.
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The General Electric CF6-80 engine was introduced in 1982 as a 52,500 – 63,500 lb. thrust engine meant to power mid and large size aircraft like the Boeing 767 and Airbus A330. The engine has aged well despite newer and more fuel-efficient models because of cheap fuel costs and passenger demand for long distance high capacity flights. Ultimately the engines will be phased out, but units are not uncommonly going through their second overhaul at MRO’s for GE CF6-70 engines. That’s an estimated 80,000 hours in flight or 9 years. Globally, the market for GE CF6-80 engines is only expected to shrink by 8% in 2021, meaning MRO shops will be busy for years to come.
According to Aviation Week, the CF6-80 maintenance market will be worth $1.5 billion in 2017. That will be followed by a sharp decline to $1.1 billion in 2018, and then a steady rise as service prices increase for aging engines and replacement parts become increasingly rare. Even now high-pressure turbine blade replacements are highly in demand for CF6-80 maintenance. There are currently about 2400 of these GE engines in service powering widebody airplanes. Their reliability and better lease rates keep the CF6-80 engine as a leader over comparable units such as the Pratt and Whitney PW4000-94.
A growing trend with used aircraft engines such as the CF6-80 is leasing units out that still have run time. Sometimes a passenger engine that is soon due for an overhaul can be moved to a freight aircraft and flown additional cycles to maximize its lifespan. This technique is called green-time leasing and is incredibly popular with the CF6-80 engine. Once the lease is up, the unit can be overhauled and put back on a passenger plane. Time is the true testament to this engines’ success and GE is has been well recognized for such a well-crafted engine.
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On March 14th 2017, there was an article posted on New Electronics by Neil Tyler that talks about how NXP Semiconductors Dutch global semiconductor manufacturer, launched automotive grade tools and software to support the ARM Cortex-based MCU. These automotive grade tools are part of the S32K1 family.
The combination of the automotive grade tools and software allow for a development time to decrease in many different items in the market in a broad range of automotive applications.
In most cases, automotive grade drivers are dependent on AUTOSAR. There are a few rare cases where the applications do not require this. In these cases, the automotive grade drivers are self-developmental, however this means it comes more labor intensive. Where AUTOSTAR is not needed, NXP Semiconductor comes in.
Here is what Neil Tyler has to say about this. “In applications where the use of AUTOSAR is not mandated, NXP is looking to provide an alternative, turn-key option for self-development with a free-of-charge, pre-qualified, automotive-grade software development kit (SDK) that enables rapid prototyping with simple drag and drop functionality. It includes: MISRA and SPICE Level 3 compliant low-level drivers (LLDs) for all peripherals; optional application-specific middleware for LIN, NFC and touch sensing; FreeRTOS operating system; drivers for complementary NXP ICs for faster application bring-up and production readiness e.g. system basis chip (SBC) drivers and documented source code and out-of-the-box examples, eliminating the need for device documentation during application bring-up.”
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