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ACR Electronics has its roots in making electronic flash
units for cameras, and one of its later products - a flashlight - was aboard Apollo 13, the ill-fated moon shot . The
company also was the first manufacturer to have a PLB
approved for sale by the U .S . Federal Communications
Commission . Today's ACR Electronics manufactures a
broad line of emergency locator transmitters, personal locator beacons and related products . At the 2016 AEA Convention, ACR Electronics introduced the ARTEX ELT 3000 .
Jeff Geraci, OEM sales manager for the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based company, told attendees the all-new
ARTEX ELT 3000 is a highly integrated transport-grade
device in a compact form factor . In fact, he said, it's the
smallest and lightest ELT on the market with built-in GPS,
plus it features appropriate interfaces (ARINC 429 or
RS232) if an operator wants to connect it to an external
navigation source .
But basic installation can depend on the internal GPS,
which eliminates any requirement or expense of installing a
separate navigation interface, further reducing weight and
cost . The ARTEX ELT 3000 features a six-year battery life,
and a helicopter version is available . Two mounting trays
can be used with the ELT 3000, one of which is designed
for the smallest footprint possible . The other is used for
legacy ARTEX B and C Series ELT installations, allowing
even more time- and cost-savings .
Another feature of the ARTEX ELT 3000 - along with
other beacons in the company's product line - is its compatibility with ARTEX's online satellite confirmation testing system, 406Test .com . According to the company, this
exclusive testing system provides real-time results using
operational search-and-rescue satellites to ensure the ELT
is functioning properly .
For more information, visit acrartex .com .
ALTO Acapella DZ-290
Cabin Audio Amplifier
of sales and marketing, introduced his company's latest
offering, the ALTO Acapella DZ-290 Cabin Audio Amplifier.
Designed as a solution for cabin audio upgrades to new
or legacy systems, the company's new FAAapproved (TSO-C139a) solution is controlled
through an ALTO keypad, an existing legacy
switch panel or optional software . It also features chimes
control for "no-smoking" and "fasten seat belts" announcements . According to the company, installing the DZ-290
involves minimal disruption to the aircraft's existing wiring,
and its amplifier interfaces directly to the Audio International RS-485 databus, allowing retention of legacy systems .
ALTO said a unique feature of the DZ-290 is its ability to
interface directly with speaker-level outputs from a PA-AV
unit, allowing audio to be passed directly onto the company's speakers. The amplifier integrates four channels with
more than 160 watts of power and features internal foursource selection, volume and mute control . Audio selection
may be through ground logic or by optional software, and
its PA capabilities make it well suited to replace legacy
equipment in need of an upgrade .
All of ALTO's systems hold TSO certification, and can be
custom designed and acoustically contoured specifically
for each cabin installation . The company has facilities in
Sterling, Massachusetts, and Jupiter, Florida .
For more information, visit altoaviation .com .
Given the high cost of developing and certifying a new
aircraft, and the resulting relatively high price, operators
often find an older copy of the same model suits their
needs quite well . Of course, that
older model may not have all the
bells and whistles of a new one,
but there's always been at least
a partial solution for operators
looking to bring their in-service
aircraft to a like-new specification: visit their local avionics
shop for an upgrade .
That's the idea behind
In-flight entertainment has always been an important
part of the avionics industry . It may not be the segment
with the flashy and hyper-accurate color moving maps
and virtual glideslopes, but IFE has to produce highquality audio in a 40,000-foot-high tube moving at
0 .88 Mach . ALTO Aviation seems to have a good
handle on how to do that . Its high-end audio and
entertainment systems are offered as standard
equipment on multiple business jet models from
Gulfstream, Dassault, Embraer and Cessna . The
company's products also are aboard Sikorsky
Kevin Hayes, ALTO Aviation's vice president
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