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system, allowing capture and retransmission of Satcom messages and meeting the requirements of FAA Advisory Circular
20-140B, " Guidelines for Design Approval of Aircraft Data Link
Communication Systems Supporting Air Traffic Services."
The DL150 SDU also is designed to meet TSO 159b, plus
DO-262B, DO-178C Level D and DO-160G. Latitude adds
that its DL 150 exceeds existing recommendations from the
International Civil Aviation Organization for its proposed global
aeronautical distress and safety system for triggered positionbased reporting, including data streaming in case of imminent
In addition to meeting various design and technical standards, the DL150 features a built-in accelerometer for in-flight
anomaly sensing, incorporates its own GPS with SBAS and
provides spare ARINC 429 receive channels for optional
interfaces to a flight-data acquisition unit, GPS or FMS. It
offers discrete inputs to monitor weight on wheels, doors and
other sensors aboard the aircraft and it's capable of streaming unrestricted digital internetworking connectivity solutions,
an enhanced data service allowing customers with large data
transfer requirements across the Iridium satellite network.
To learn more, visit latitudetech.com.
replacement for legacy devices in this form factor. It features a
fully electronic pressure sensor, servo-driven mechanical display, ARINC 429 output, a self-contained emergency battery
and LED backlighting. The company also added to its power
management products by introducing the MD93, a 2-inch
device combining an LED-digital clock/stopwatch and two
USB charging ports, delivering 2.1 amps to each. It features
automatic and manual dimming plus an eight-year internal
The company also announced three new True Blue DC-toAC power inverters: the TI254, TI256 and TI1202.
To learn more, visit mcico.com.
Twenty years ago, PS Engineering introduced its first
audio panel, the PMA6000, which set a new standard in
that market. Since then, the company has become a wellknown innovator, and it chose the AEA Convention to introduce the PMA6000's new replacement, the PMA7000M.
Like the -6000, the PMA7000M is a six-place monaural
audio panel, and it's designed to be plug-and-play with its
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics is known for many
things, including its origins as a repair station and its powermanagement products under the True Blue brand. It's also
known for its manufactured avionics and flight instruments,
including the MD302 2-inch standby attitude module, or SAM,
a solid-state instrument displaying attitude, altitude, airspeed,
slip, vertical trend, and heading information to the pilot
during normal or standby operation in the event of primary
New for the SAM
in 2015 is heading
and field configuration of altitude, and
airspeed, plus a live
and a battery-preserMid-Continent
Instruments and Avionics'
vation storage mode.
MD302 2-inch standby attitude module
All that - and a variable
do-not-exceed speed -
now comes in software version 1.04 for the MD302, which
itself is available at a lower price in 2015. The field-installable
and updated software is available for in-service SAMs at no
charge; heading information requires a suitable ARINC 429
input. Additionally, Mid-Continent has added numerous piston
airplanes to its STC's approved model list, including popular
models from Beechcraft, Cessna and Cirrus.
A new instrument from Mid-Continent is the MS215 2-inch
counterdrum altimeter, which it believes is an economical
PS Engineering's PMA7000M
But the new model also includes Bluetooth wireless connectivity and replaces the manual squelch system with the
company's Intellivox automatic capability. No rewiring is
required to replace a PMA6000 with the -7000M unless the
latter's two extra inputs are used. The PMA7000M retails
for $ 1,495, and since it's designed as a replacement unit,
that price doesn't include a tray or install kit.
PS Engineering also introduced the PMA8000E, which
builds on the company's flagship product and optimizes
it for the dual-audio-panel corporate environment. It's a
three-radio solution with Intellivox built in and an optional
marker beacon receiver. It includes a streamlined interface
and unique feature set designed to recognize the corporate
market's needs. The PMA8000E is available now, with
installation kit, for $ 7,695 a pair.
Also newly available from PS Engineering is the
PDA360EX, which was designed for the experimental,
amateur-built airplane market. It counts a four-place intercom, Intellivox, a USB charging port and Bluetooth among
its features. The PDA360EX offers four unswitched inputs,
three switched inputs and two stereo music inputs. It's
available now at a $ 1,995 retail price.
PS Engineering also introduced the PMA7000BT and
-7000HBT, both of which add Bluetooth to the -7000's
strong feature set aboard airplanes and helicopters.
To learn more, visit ps-engineering.com.
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