Avionics News January 2017 - 69
SATCOM DIRECT closed its purchase of
GENESYS AEROSYSTEMS received an FAA supplemental
TrueNorth Avionics, a manufacturer of cabin
communications solutions. With the acquisition of
TrueNorth complete, SD said that it significantly
expands the company's ability to provide advanced
communications systems for VIP and VVIP aircraft.
Based in Ottawa, Canada, TrueNorth Avionics
designs, develops and manufactures satellite
communications solutions for aircraft operators and
avionics OEMs. TrueNorth will become a business
unit within the SD family of companies focused on
advanced avionics development.
"TrueNorth is a leader in the wide- and
narrow-body aircraft market, providing airborne
connectivity systems to heads of state, VIPs and
high-net-worth individuals worldwide," said JIM
JENSEN, founder and CEO of SD. "It also develops
custom solutions to meet the unique demands of
the VVIP market. The pairing of SD and TrueNorth
enables us to deliver the complete connected
aircraft; cockpit to cabin."
For more information, visit satcomdirect.com. q
type certificate for the installation of its Helicopter Stability
Augmentation System, HeliSAS, and two-axis autopilot
aboard Airbus EC120 Colibri (hummingbird) light-turbine helicopters.
"The HeliSAS and autopilot has been created to reduce pilot
workload, especially in light- to mid-size piston and turbine helicopters that are primarily operated as single-pilot aircraft," said
JAMIE LUSTER, director of sales and marketing for Genesys
Aerosystems. "Now, current EC120 operators will be able to
enjoy the immediate safety-enhancing features of the HeliSAS,
including its ability to automatically recover a helicopter to
near-level flight should the pilot become disoriented. With an
installed weight of under 15 pounds, the standard HeliSAS system is ideal for the Airbus EC120 and other Part 27 Category
helicopters. Because these aircraft are typically not equipped
for IFR conditions, the system's attitude stabilization and force
feel feature enhances the helicopter's handling characteristics,
while mitigating cyclic control inputs. Loss of control due to
over-controlling is the unfortunate scenario you often see when
VFR helicopter pilots encounter instrument conditions."
For more information, visit genesys-aerosystems.com. q
GARMIN introduced an aviation-specific addition to
the VIRB Ultra 30 action camera family, offering several
new accessories tailored to capturing high-definition footage in flight.
According to Garmin, the VIRB Ultra 30 is a waterproof
action camera with the power to shoot Ultra HD footage at
4K/30fps. The VIRB Ultra 30 contains a suite of new features, including voice control, an intuitive LCD color touchscreen and one-touch live streaming.
The VIRB Ultra 30 aviation in-cockpit bundle includes a
stereo headset audio cable, so pilot-to-pilot communica-
tions and air traffic control transmissions may be embedded within the video. A prop filter is also provided to
eliminate propeller distortion created while filming video in
flight or capturing high-quality still photos. The VIRB Ultra
30 aviation in-cockpit bundle also includes a cage mount,
which is the smallest and lightest way to mount VIRB Ultra
inside the cockpit.
With G-Metrix, VIRB Ultra utilizes internal sensors such
as the high-sensitivity GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope
to capture more performance data.
For more information, visit garmin.com/aviation. q