Flight Data Systems’ SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder Gains STC through SKYTRAC for H145 Helicopters

Flight Data Systems (FDS), announced a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), gained through SKYTRAC, for the SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder on a H145 twin-engine medium utility-transport helicopter. The STC will enable the installation of multiple variants of the TSO-certified SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder platform, the lightest and smallest ED-112 compliant recorder in its class.

The STC, performed on a H145 helicopter operated by STAT MedEvac, also includes the FDS Cockpit Control Unit and Cockpit Area Microphone, providing a seamless installation process for operators seeking to upgrade their onboard safety systems. The installation also includes the FDS Modular Acquisition Unit (MAU) for sensor data acquisition and parameter expansion, and Quick Access Recorder (QAR) for easy downloading for flight recorder data, ensuring maintenance crews can easily access data and configure the system for operator-specific profiles.

“Flight Data Systems is very excited to announce our first helicopter STC for the SENTRY Flight Data Recorder platform,” mentions Kerry Farrish, Vice President of Sales, Flight Data Systems. “The Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder combination unit is the lightest ED-112A compliant recorder on the market with a clean-sheet approach through its innovative FPGA architecture, enabling a unique software-free installation.”

The SENTRY Cockpit Voice & Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR) was designed by combining standard features of existing CVFDRs with a new approach to design. The SENTRY offers a small size, low weight, and less power consumption than traditional CVFDRs in a modular and flexible architecture. This “software free” recorder allows for aircraft specific configurations as well as the addition of creative and useful expansion capabilities such as Recorder Independent Power Supply (RIPS) modules and multiple Underwater Locator Beacon (ULB) mount locations.

Available in titanium, the SENTRY meets or exceeds all requirements of ED-112A and qualifies for DO-160G environmental and power requirements. The rugged enclosure is ideal for airborne operational environments including unmanned, commercial, military, fixed-wing, and rotary-wing aircraft.

“SKYTRAC’s ability to generate STCs for customers and sister companies is an advantage for the ACR Group as well as our customers,” notes Jan van der Heul, Vice President of Sales, SKYTRAC. “With our extensive experience in gaining STCs for our diverse product range, we were able to add the SENTRY and its accessories quickly and efficiently to a pre-existing Transport Canada STC familiarized with FAA, EASA, and ANAC. SKYTRAC is a one-stop-shop for operators looking for a wide scope of hardware and services which include satellite communication terminals, STC development, custom application development, system integrations, and more.”

StandardAero Signs 40th Collins Aerospace Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 Modification for Falcon 50EX, Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX Aircraft

StandardAero recently signed its 40th Collins Aerospace Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 modification/upgrade on Falcon 50EX, Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX aircraft.  The 40th aircraft is a Falcon 50EX model and is scheduled to be completed at StandardAero’s Springfield, Illinois maintenance facility.   

Supported with a Dassault Falcon STC, the Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 modification removes the aircraft’s existing cathode ray tube displays and replaces them with liquid crystal displays.  The modification allows for features like LPV, synthetic vision, graphical XM weather and FANS-1/A, giving operators more functionality and situational awareness in the cockpit.  The modification also addresses display obsolescence issues that are present with the existing CRT Displays. 

“We have performed more of these cockpit upgrades than any other MRO provider in the world,” said Brian Campbell, Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing for StandardAero Business Aviation.  “All this experience has given us the ability to provide the highest quality product at a competitive price and faster – minimizing aircraft downtime for our customers.” 

StandardAero has the capability of performing the Collins Aerospace modification at any of its three Business Aviation facilities located in Augusta, GA, Springfield, IL, and Houston, TX.    

IFS Completes the Acquisition Axios Systems

Global cloud enterprise applications company IFS announced that it has concluded the acquisition of Axios Systems.

The transaction, which was initially announced in March of this year, combines two pioneers of the service management space: IFS, with its leadership in Field Service Management and Axios Systems, with its strength in IT Service Management (ITSM) and IT Operations  Management (ITOM). The two say that combined, the IFS Enterprise Service Management proposition is unique in how it enables companies to orchestrate their value chain and optimize their workflows so they can not only deliver amazing moments of service to their customers, but also so they can maximize revenue creation opportunities and increase profitability.

Since the acquisition was announced, IFS has bolstered the already growing team at Axios Systems. Now under the framework of a dedicated Business Unit within IFS, the team are focused on delivering new product innovation, increased investment in customer experience, and a more focused, industry-led, go-to-market.

“Over the past two months I have met with many employees, customers and partners who I would like to thank for their openness and enthusiasm for what lies ahead,” Martin Schirmer, president of the Enterprise Service Management Business Unit, said. “It’s clear to me that we have acquired a company with many assets and strengths, in a market that is evolving and in need for further disruption. With the investment we are committing as well as our customer-centric approach, I am confident that our current customer base will benefit, which will in turn help attract new customers, and we will further extend IFS’s dominance in the overall service management space.

Adacel Appoints Saunders as New VP, BD

Adacel Technologies announced the appointment of Michael Saunders as the company’s new vice President, Business Development and Strategy. In his new role, starting last month, Saunders will lead the company’s business development strategies and drive Adacel’s sales growth and profitability.

Saunders’s previous experience includes several senior executive positions for the Quadrant Group, including as group business development director and sales & marketing director for both Micro Nav and Global Aviation Training Services. Prior to the Quadrant Group, he held numerous leadership roles at Cobham Aviation Services in both the Air Traffic Systems and Flight Calibration businesses.

During his career, Saunders has led and delivered long-term strategic and short-term tactical campaigns to secure new contracts in Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia, Latin America,and Africa with both commercial and government organizations all within the air traffic market. Saunders is an alumnus of the University of Gloucestershire, from which he graduated with honors and a Marketing Management with Accounting and Financial Management degree.

“We are delighted to see Michael join our team,” shares Daniel Verret, Adacel’s CEO. “Michael brings a wealth of aviation industry knowledge, vast air traffic management and training experience, passion, and a steadfast drive for excellence. We are confident that Michael will add significant value to help drive top-line growth for Adacel.”

“Adacel has an excellent reputation as a world-leader of air traffic management and air traffic control simulation and training solutions. I am honored to be appointed as the VP, Business Development and Strategy,” says Saunders. “The Company is in an excellent position to capitalize on the growth opportunities within the air traffic market. I look forward to being part of the team to deliver on those growth expectations,” said Saunders.

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.”

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