Seal-Connect Provides Reliable Electrical & Fiber Optic Connectors

Greene Tweed is highlighting their Seal-Connect  product line. They says these engineered connectors ensure reliability in data and electrical connections in a wide variety of applications across multiple industries, while providing a reliable seal.

Seal-Connect  products are available in three types: electrical, fiber-optic, and hybrid electrical and fiber. The products are designed for use in primarily high temperature and/or high-pressure environments typical of the energy, aerospace and defense industries. Greene Tweed’s connectors protect sensitive electronic and sensor assemblies that are critical to customer success.

When uptime matters, customers trust Greene Tweed for high-quality products manufactured from best-in-class materials for reliable and consistent performance in critical applications. Proprietary materials and technologies allow Greene Tweed to provide advantageous solutions comparable or better than traditional glass-to-metal seals typically found in connectors. This creates a seal ideal for high temperature and pressure environments common to the energy, aerospace and defense industries, where hermeticity and signal insulation are critical.

In addition to the wide variety of Seal-Connect solutions already available in its portfolio, Greene Tweed’s industry-experienced design and application engineers will collaborate with customers to design connectors to meet specific application requirements and specifications.

Lilium to Work with Honeywell on Avionics/Flight Controls for 7-Seater Lilium Jet

Lilium says it has engaged with Honeywell to develop the 7-Seater Lilium Jet’s avionics and flight control systems.

Honeywell’s Compact Fly-by-Wire System will act as the flight control system on the all-electric 7-Seater Lilium Jet, responsible for controlling its moveable parts, including the 36 control surfaces and ducted fans that will provide its high levels of maneuvrability in every stage of flight.

Honeywell, one of the first major aerospace manufacturers to create a dedicated Urban Air Mobility team, has designed a flight control system that draws on their decades of experience providing such systems for commercial airliners.

“The avionics and flight control computers from Honeywell will be a key element for the Lilium Jet’s electronic architecture,” said Yves Yemsi, chief program officer, Lilium. “Honeywell will integrate an advanced flight deck tailored for the Lilium Jet as the central interface to the pilot with a vehicle management computer and a high integrity flight controls computing platform to provide a state-of-the-art Fly-By-Wire solution for the Lilium Jet.”

Honeywell will also work to deliver the next generation integrated avionics system, which will provide a simplified user interface for the pilot to fly the Lilium Jet. The selection of Honeywell’s next-generation UAM avionics system is the result of ongoing collaboration between Lilium and Honeywell to converge on the specific technical requirements suitable for the Lilium Jet. The avionics system is designed to reduce training time and will support operation by a single pilot, freeing up greater passenger capacity.

“At Honeywell, we believe in the promise of the Urban Air Mobility segment and we see the enormous potential it has to bring about a new age of aviation and forever transform the way we think about flight and transportation,” said Stéphane Fymat, vice president and general manager of Urban Air Mobility, Honeywell. “Lilium shares that vision with us, which has enabled us to forge a fantastic relationship. We’re extremely excited for our avionics to be on board the Lilium Jet, where they will help ensure not only safe operation, but also make it easier for pilots to fly and provide a more comfortable journey for those onboard.”

In addition to its selection as a provider of the flight control system for the 7-Seater Lilium Jet, Honeywell is also participating in the previously announced common share PIPE offering in connection with Lilium’s SPAC transaction with Qell.

“Honeywell has a decades-long track record of developing and certifying avionics and safety systems for leading aerospace companies and has worked alongside Lilium to develop a bespoke solution for our aircraft,” said Yemsi. “We are proud that Honeywell is joining our roster of world-class aviation partners and also as one of our investors as we prepare to launch commercial operations in 2024.”

Following Toray Industries, Aciturri, and Lufthansa Aviation Training, Honeywell is the latest in a series of world-class Lilium suppliers whose technology and services have been certified in aerospace around the world for decades. They are joined by infrastructure leaders, such as the Tavistock Development Company, and Ferrovial, a leading airport operator, who will support the development of up to 14 vertiports in Florida.

Kaman Introduces New AMS Family of High-Precision Non-Contact Displacement Sensors

The Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products, Inc., released a new AMS family of high-precision non-contact displacement sensors ideal for condition monitoring of rotating machinery in extreme-pressure environments from 500 psi to over 22,500 psi.

Kaman Precision says AMS sensors deliver high reliability and superior performance in high-pressure environments enhancing any condition monitoring systems’ ability to measure and monitor runout, speed, and changes in machine vibration profiles. This helps to reduce risk, minimize damage and unplanned downtime due to unanticipated failures in the field.

Designed for a wide range of pressure environments, Kaman’s proprietary AMS, AMS-HP, and AMS-XHP precision sensing systems do not require a magnet and work with any ferro-magnetic target. This innovative design detects target position through non-magnetic, conductive, and non-conductive barriers making leak proof, penetrator free equipment instrumentation installations possible and economical without special magnets. With an RMS resolution down to 1 micron, and a standard measuring range up to 7mm, Kaman’s AMS sensors are compact and versatile.

Kaman Precision Products’ line of rugged AMS non-contact displacement sensors are IP-67 rated with hermetic options available. For installation versatility, Kaman’s AMS sensors come in standard IP-67 rated threaded, flanged, AS4320 pressure port compatible, and bolt head style configurations with hermetic options available. In addition to Kaman’s standard sensor configuration options, Kaman’s AMS sensors are easily tailored to meet semi-custom and custom OEM integration requirements.

Boeing Selects Dukane Seacom Distress Tracking ELT DK-406-DT

Dukane Seacom has been selected by Boeing to supply their DK-406-DT Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) to support the new Global Aeronautical Distress & Safety System (GADSS) regulations that go into effect in January 2023. The DK-406-DT is the latest in the AeroELTTM family of products designed and manufactured by Dukane Seacom in their Sarasota, FL. world headquarters.

Dukane Seacom’s AeroELTTM product family consist of integrated ELT solutions designed and tested to the current and future requirements for worldwide ELT operations. With focus on safety and high reliability, the AeroELTTM product family provides improvements in automatic triggering as well as meeting DO-227A compliance for containment of a lithium battery thermal runaway event. They utilize multi-axis MEMS technology to automatically detect impact, improving trigger reliability over traditional “G-Switch” triggers. A self-contained GNSS receiver further enhances the ability of search and rescue to quickly locate an aircraft in distress worldwide.

The newest addition to the product family, the DK-406-DT, is capable of being triggered in-flight to alert Search and Rescue of an emergency prior to an accident. Dukane Seacom’s ELT-DT provides highly configurable interfaces to ensure compatibility with a large range of aircraft types and avionics systems. A specialized battery and power management system allow the DK-406-DT to operate in temperatures down to -40°C, providing a complete Class 1 compliant ELT solution. The DK-406-DT combines the features of a Distress Tracking and Automatic Fixed (AF) ELT, allowing customers to meet requirements for their aircraft to contain a fixed ELT and GADSS compliance with a single transmitter that is fully-compliant with current and Second Generation Beacon (SGB) requirements.

“Dukane Seacom is delighted to have been chosen by Boeing for this important new safety system for their commercial aircraft.” said Anish Patel, president of Dukane Seacom. “Their selection supports the technical excellence that Dukane Seacom brings to aircraft safety systems and reinforces the capabilities of our ELT product family.”

Dukane Seacom designs and manufactures ELTs for the Air Transport and Business & Regional aircraft market. In addition to the DK-406-AF product line, Dukane Seacom has produced more than 5,000 private-labeled Automatic Fixed, Survival, and Portable ELTs with installations across the aviation market.

EASA Certifies Honeywell, Curtiss-Wright 25-Hour Flight Data Recorder for the Air Transport Market

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division, and Honeywell announced that their 25-hour Flight Data Recorder (FDR) developed for the air transport market has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Technical Standard Order (TSO) certification. In addition to the mandatory FDR functionality, the HCR-25’s partitioned design supports the Honeywell-developed Real-Time Access Recorder (RTAR), which enables flight data to be streamed from the recorder in support of Honeywell’s “Black Box in the Sky” connected recorder concept.

The new HCR-25 FDR variant of the Honeywell Connected Recorder-25 (HCR-25) is based on Curtiss-Wright’s compact, lightweight Fortress technology. The unit surpasses the requirements of each of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) defined flight recorder types and adds real time data streaming to support the ICAO Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety (GADSS) initiative. The HCR-25 can record and store more than 3,500 hours of data in crash-protected memory before needing to overwrite the oldest data collected (Record capacity function of received data rate).

“The partnership of Honeywell and Curtiss-Wright continues our shared legacy as pioneers and innovators of crash-protected recorders, with both companies taking leadership roles in providing flight recorders to the industry for over 60 years,” said Chris Wiltsey, senior vice president and general manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division. “We are proud to work closely with Honeywell to bring extended operation and greater survivability for flight data recorders to the aviation market, enhancing these critical technologies with next-generation features such as real time streaming connectivity and new levels of performance.”

“The new regulatory requirement provided a great opportunity to strengthen our recorder technology and provide our customers with solutions that fit their needs,” said Amanda King, vice president and general manager, Connected Secure Solutions, Honeywell Aerospace. “We worked alongside Curtiss-Wright to design and develop a new generation of recorders that leverages our full hardware and software expertise to meet the 25-hour requirement, and identify the right information and make it available to accident investigation agencies when it’s most needed.”

Developed for customers that require flight data recorders, the HCR-25 FDR is ideal for both new installations and retrofit applications. This backward compatible recorder solution provides class-leading record capability. The unit’s ability to store more than 3,500 hours of data and secure streaming to remote ground stations reduces dependency on recorder recovery while also providing a real-time source of airplane condition indicators and flight operations data. The FDR weighs less than 10.5 pounds (4.75 kilograms) and includes a 90-day underwater locator beacon.

Willie Cecil Joins FLYHT as Company Launches Industry Leading AFIRS Edge with World’s First 5G wQAR

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions announced that industry veteran Willie Cecil has been hired by FLYHT as sales director, effective May 3, 2021. Additionally, FLYHT announced today that it will launch sales of AFIRS Edge, an industry leading LTE/5G wireless Quick Access Recorder (wQAR), Aircraft Interface Device (AID) product and edge computing platform, with the first installs planned for late 2021.

Cecil is a recognized industry innovator who has spent the last 20 years advancing industry changing technologies to a range of customers across the aerospace ecosystem. At FLYHT, he will drive product direction and provide sales and marketing support for the Actionable Intelligence (“AI”) products FLYHT is currently deploying globally to customers, as well as AFIRS Edge and other products in the development pipeline.

AFIRS Edge will be key to the global shift in replacing all 2G/3G technology. A future option for Iridium Certus is also included in the design and will be released in 2022. Full product details will be announced at the AEEC EFB Users Forum next week.

“FLYHT’s continued investment in top talent like Willie, as well as our ongoing investment in developing solutions such as AFIRS Edge, demonstrates our unwavering commitment to ensuring that optimal resources are in place to support the restart of a critical global industry,” said Derek Taylor, FLYHT’s VP Sales and Marketing. “Willie brings tremendous vision, strong knowledge, and deep relationships that will be instrumental in building out solutions for our customers. Combined with cutting edge new products such as AFIRS Edge and our Actionable Intelligence suite of software tools currently being tested by customers, I am confident that FLYHT will continue to be a leading provider of solutions to support the industry as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Cecil stated, “I have spent my career in this industry that I love, and it is great to join a team of committed and enthusiastic professionals who are delivering ground-breaking innovation in that industry. I am excited about the avionics solutions and software services that FLYHT has built and continues to deploy, and I am sure that these products will better position airlines for more efficient and reliable operations as the pandemic is put behind us.”

First Multicore Smart Display Certified to DAL A Uses FACE Conformant Operating System

Green Hills Software announced that the MFD-3068 Multi-Function Smart Display from CMC Electronics has received multiple Technical Standard Order (TSO) approvals to RTCA/DO-178C DAL A using the INTEGRITY®-178 tuMP multicore real-time operating system (RTOS). The multicore-based MFD-3068 is capable of driving up to four flight displays, including the primary flight display (PFD), and running multiple applications of mixed criticality up through the highest Design Assurance Level (DAL A). The TSO submission included evidence of meeting all CAST-32A requirements for multicore processors, and this approval represents the second multicore system from CMC to be certified, after the PU-3000 Avionics Computer. The initial installation for the certified MFD-3068 multicore smart display is on a major rotary-wing aircraft in Europe.

“With the ability to be the primary flight display and to consolidate key navigation information onto a single screen, this Smart Multi-Function Display enhances situational awareness in all phases of flight,” said Don Paolucci, Vice President, Engineering, at CMC Electronics. “For these critical functions operating up to DAL A and the deterministic operation on a multicore processor, we depend on the multicore robust partitioning in the INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS.”

The MFD-3068 is the latest generation of displays from CMC. CMC’s MFD-3068 offers high-performance multicore processing capability and an unrivaled set of interfaces, including digital conversion while supporting commercial serial interface standards as well as MIL-STD-1553. The MFD-3068 also provides video input and output ports.

Equipped with ARINC-653 compliant platform services, the display is capable of hosting multiple high-demanding software applications developed to varying design assurance levels, up to DAL A. This display solution with Green Hills INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS and CMC’s middleware allows customers to host their own applications, as well as applications from CMC and 3rd parties, providing significant flexibility in meeting customer needs. Examples of CMC-hosted applications include Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) functions with optional Synthetic Vision Systems (SVS), Digital map, and software Flight Management System (FMS). The MFD-3068 smart display received authorization for three TSOs: TSO-C113 “Airborne Multipurpose Electronic Displays,” TSO-C165 “Electronic Map Display Equipment for Graphical Depiction of Aircraft Position,” and TSO-C209 “Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) Display.”

“Green Hills Software is pleased to have collaborated with CMC Electronics in their second set of TSO approvals,” said Dan O’Dowd, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Green Hills Software. “While our competitors are claiming multicore certification requires more research, Green Hills has enabled four different multicore TSO authorizations on two different systems deployed across both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.”

The INTEGRITY-178 tuMP high-assurance RTOS from Green Hills Software is the only RTOS that has actually been part of a multicore system certified to DO-178C airborne safety requirements. INTEGRITY-178 tuMP is a multicore RTOS with support for running a multi-threaded DAL A application across multiple processor cores in symmetric multi-processing (SMP) or bound multi-processing (BMP) configurations, as well as supporting the more basic asymmetric multi-processing (AMP). INTEGRITY-178 tuMP was the first RTOS to be certified conformant to the FACE Technical Standard, edition 3.0, and it is the only RTOS with multicore interference mitigation for all shared resources, enabling the system integrator to meet CAST-32A objectives.

Multicore interference happens when more than one processor core attempts simultaneous access of a shared resource, such as system memory, I/O, or the on-chip interconnect. To further ease compliance to CAST-32A, Green Hills provides bandwidth allocation and monitoring (BAM) functionality in INTEGRITY-178 tuMP that ensures that critical applications get their allocated access to shared resources in order to meet their required deadlines, significantly lowering integration and certification risk. Together, the flexible multi-processing architecture and the multicore interference mitigation enable a system integrator to maximize multicore processor performance while meeting safety and security requirements.

Avionica and SmartSky Partner to Develop Real-Time Aviation Data Services

Avionica and SmartSky Networks have formed a partnership to deliver a new and advanced class of data-focused services for aviation.

Avionica has proven leadership with onboard data collection. The SmartSky network, launching later this year, will provide superior high bandwidth, low latency connectivity to and from aircraft, and a secure data sharing exchange, Skytelligence. Together, Avionica and SmartSky say they will enable the concurrent transfer of critical operational telematic data for aircraft and allowing the full potential of the emerging connected aircraft ecosystem for MROs, Aircraft OEMs and fleet operators. This convergence of technologies by the two companies will significantly improve information gathering and sharing for the industry.

“Avionica’s data collection and analysis capabilities, coupled with SmartSky’s unique ability to move and share data between an inflight aircraft and the ecosystem of aftermarket service providers, opens new opportunities for improving aircraft safety and efficiency. We envision a point where real-time, inflight data transfer and analysis will be seen just as key a capability as passenger connectivity is seen today,” said Sean Reilly, Avionica’s VP of Business Development.

“These new data services highlight the importance that collection, connectivity, analysis and sharing play in developing innovative outcomes from aircraft data,” Rich Pilock, SmartSky VP of Product noted. “With our high speed, low latency connectivity and open data sharing platform, we can enable a new class of advanced aftermarket applications and services that will help make many of the outcomes everyone talks about a reality. From lower carbon emissions to smoother flights and support for advanced air mobility and cargo companies, this data focus will deliver real value.”

The combination of services from Avionica and SmartSky will encompass a range of options tailored to specific industry needs. With Avionica’s onboard systems, interrogation of the aircraft for troubleshooting and analysis will expedite repairs and reduce maintenance costs the companies say. Interoperability through the Skytelligence data sharing platform will provide flexibility for service providers and operators to choose services based on their needs. In combination, the innovative class of services will work seamlessly with passenger and crew connectivity to fulfill the connected aircraft ecosystem’s needs.

Standex Electronics Acquires American Relays

Global electronics component manufacturer Standex Electronics announced that it has acquired American Relays, Inc., a US-based company that makes reed switch-based relays.

“Standex Electronics is proud to add the American Relays brand to its portfolio of reed relays as it further strengthens its position in the Test and Measurement market. This acquisition will allow Standex to provide more products and options to customers of both companies,” said John Meeks, president of Standex Electronics.

“This acquisition will also help us in strengthening our position in the North American relay market as we will now be able to provide American Relay customers with a wider array of relay products and deeper application knowledge,” said Ralf Maier, VP/GM of the Sensor and Relay product lines.

DENSO, Honeywell Expand UAM Alliance

DENSO has signed a long-term agreement with aerospace leader Honeywell, establishing an alliance focused on electric propulsion units to meet new aerospace needs. The companies say they will develop and manufacture electric propulsion systems for aircraft, initially prioritizing the urban air mobility (UAM) segment with a focus on air taxis and delivery vehicles.

DENSO and Honeywell are in advanced discussions with current and prospective customers and intend to deliver flight test configurations of the electric propulsion systems within the next year. This focus on electrified power sources will not only help the companies fulfill UAM’s promise of providing cleaner, safer, more efficient, quieter and freer-moving transportation in and between cities, but also strengthen each company’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.

“Mobility needs are changing, and this collaboration represents how DENSO is evolving to meet them,” said Jiro Ebihara, a senior executive officer and head of the Electrification Systems Business Group at DENSO Corporation. “While we have committed to achieve a carbon-neutral society, we still need to reduce traffic and offer eco-friendly movement in population-dense areas. Working with Honeywell will help address both these issues and furthers our goal of creating mobility that is green and offers peace of mind.”

The formal alliance follows the companies’ initial teaming agreement in 2019. Additionally, the alliance’s electric propulsion systems will integrate with Honeywell’s fly-by-wire, avionics and actuation systems, with the goal of “extracting the most thrust and lift from every watt of electricity,” the companies say.

“Honeywell technologies have helped power human flight for more than 100 years, and as electric propulsion for aircraft takes shape, Honeywell will be at the forefront with partners like DENSO,” said Dave Marinick, president, Engines & Power Systems, Honeywell Aerospace. “DENSO’s leadership in automotive technology combined with our experience in Aerospace will help bring about cleaner and smarter ways for people to move throughout the world.”

Honeywell is one of the world’s leading makers of electronics, engines and mechanical systems for aircraft. Its systems fly on virtually every airliner in the sky, along with thousands of business jets and light aircraft. DENSO, meanwhile, develops advanced technology and components for nearly every make and model of road vehicle in existence today.

The alliance with Honeywell enhances DENSO’s Second Founding, the company’s strategy to provide value beyond a vehicle-centric focus and produce the core technologies for future mobility. It also bolsters DENSO’s two great causes: “Green” — acting environmentally friendly — and “Peace of Mind” — creating a safer and more seamless world for all. These guide DENSO as it leverages its 30-plus years of electrification know-how to create cleaner, more efficient mobility and will help the company reach its 2035 goal to be carbon neutral. Honeywell has also pledged to be carbon neutral in its facilities and operations by 2035.

The two companies say they will work together to seek customers who can help transform how the world moves, making transportation safer, more sustainable and efficient.

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