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Sandia Aerospace's Sentinel STX-360
Chuck Wade from Rockwell Collins briefed attendees
at the AEA Convention on his company's new-product
announcements. They include significant upgrades to many
in-service installations and add new cockpit systems for popular business aircraft.
For example, Rockwell Collins' new CMU-1000 datalink
provides FANS 1/A compatibility for Pro Line 4 and 21 installations. According to the company, the FANS 1/A upgrade
consists of new avionics hardware and associated service
Rockwell Collins' AFD-3700 brings three 14.1-inch touchscreen
display panels to the cockpit.
bulletin updates to support automatic dependent surveillancecontract and controller pilot data link communications. The
new box's form factor helps minimize downtime by reusing existing mounting locations for earlier CMU equipment.
The CMU-1000 reportedly builds on earlier equipment from
Rockwell Collins, which the company has labeled " the most
sophisticated data link system in the industry."
Wade told attendees the new AFD-3700 brings Rockwell
Collins' Pro Line Fusion technology, which the company said
is a " fully integrated flight deck with unsurpassed and pioneering features for business and commercial aircraft," to aircraft
presently configured with Pro Line 2. The company said the
AFD-3700 brings three 14.1-inch touchscreen display panels
to the cockpit, which is the most " glass" available under any
retrofit program for the Beechcraft King Air fleet.
Rockwell Collins also has developed a moving map application for devices using the Android operating system, to
complement similar capability available on Apple iOS tablets
and smartphones. Additionally, the company's Service First
customer support app is now available for Android devices.
The app provides direct access to the company's customer
support, sales and marketing resources, allowing business
aircraft users to search company marketing bulletins by aircraft type and submit a technical support request, for example. The new release joins a similar iOS app.
To learn more, visit rockwellcollins.com.
Sandia Aerospace introduced its new Sentinel STX-360,
an ADS-B Out solution equipped with a 978 UAT transceiver and Mode C transponder. It's available in two basic
configurations: a self-contained panel-mounted box and a
remote-mounted device with a control head for the instrument panel. The panel-mounted version features only two
knobs and two buttons plus a display on which ADS-B In's
traffic and weather information may be displayed. By combining Mode C and 978 UAT into one box, pilots have only
a single location to enter a squawk code.
The remote-mounted version of the STX-360 comes with
the same basic features - Mode C and a 978 UAT transceiver - and is intended for installation with Sandia's control
head. It also may be used with compatible displays from
other manufacturers. Both versions of the Sentinel STX-360
offer a wireless gateway for integrating ADS-B In's traffic and
weather data into a portable device, like an iPad. Sandia
said the new ADS-B solutions comply with various TSOs and
other standards, including those for universal access transmitters, Mode A/C transponders and airborne displays.
Easy installation is part of the STX-360's design, according
to the company. The panel-mounted version is designed to
fit standard-width avionics stacks while the remote-mounted
version requires only a one-half 3ATI location, providing an
upgrade path for customers already flying a Sandia STX-165
transponder. Both versions include a diplexer and may be
installed using a single transponder antenna. Both versions
also support various GPS navigators and air-data computers
available from other manufacturers.
To learn more, visit sandia.aero.
As its name implies, Satcom Direct provides global satellite communications to business and military aviation, general
aviation, land-mobile and maritime customers. For its aviation
customers, Satcom Direct also offers nose-to-tail value-added
services, including cockpit datalink, accelerated high-speed
data, real-time traffic monitoring, VoIP services and ATS position reporting.
The company introduced globalVT, which it said is the first
service to use an Apple iOS/Android application to enable a
passenger's own smartphone/handset and mobile number to
receive voice calls or text messages in their aircraft anywhere
in the world through the SwiftBroadband, Yonder or 3G networks. When placing a call through the system, the handset's
Caller ID appears on the recipient's device, something not all
similar services allow, for seamless communications. And the
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