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into the EFIS system's information . With the LPV/VNAV
Converter, the FMS then simulates an approach signal like
an ILS to drive the autopilot during a GPS approach with
LNAV/LPV capability .
Inputs to the LPV/VNAV Converter using the ARINC 429
protocol include VOR/ILS and GPS from FMS, plus DME
(both ARINC 429 and BendixKing serial bus) . Various annunciator and test values also are accommodated . Output
includes ARINC_ILS_OUT and ARINC_GPS_OUT to the
EFIS system, plus ARINC 429 and BendixKing serial bus
DME data, and a remote failure indicator .
Avionik Straubing also offers its MFI02/LPV annunciator
display, which can be used anywhere and is designed for
customized annunciator applications as a stand-alone unit
without the LPV/VNAV Converter . The MFI02/LPV incorporates an ARINC 429-to-discrete-signal converter into the
For more information, visit avionik .de .
At the 2014 AEA Convention, BendixKing unveiled the
AeroWave 100, its in-flight internet solution. The company
targeted smaller aircraft as the AeroWave 100's market,
from piston twins, to turboprops and light jets . Using the
system, passengers can send and receive email and attachments, browse the Web, and access cloud services
and other mobile applications . Jeff Kauffman, BendixKing's
senior product manager, updated attendees at the show's
2016 edition on new additions to the AeroWave 100 product
line, including an antenna, two Wi-Fi routers and a new service plan for dedicated high-quality voice communications .
AeroWave is a SwiftBroadband satellite-based system
providing background IP services up to 104 Kbps and emphasizing low-cost acquisition, installation and rate plans .
The system provides in-flight internet connectivity for operational needs like weather services and flight planning
tools, and provides passengers with the capability to email,
browse simple websites and more, plus make and receive
high-quality voice calls .
For 2016, BendixKing's two new Wi-Fi routers offer
a data-only or data-plus-voice configuration capable
of connecting wirelessly to as many as 12 devices .
The routers include inputs allowing either the Wi-Fi
capability or the router itself to be disabled from the
cockpit, and they feature a web-based configuration
utility . The new dedicated voice plan allows connection
to up to three handsets or smartphones running appropriate apps . The voice system is compatible with TrueNorth
handsets . BendixKing also is offering a new active, low-
gain antenna, which the company said allows for easier
installation and configuration, plus lighter weight and a
reduced parts count .
Standard data plans for the AeroWave 100 start at $40
per hour - eliminating unexpected charges, the company
said - while the voice plan is priced at $1 .46 per minute .
Thanks to the new antenna and routers, an installed
system can be up to 4 pounds lighter . A forthcoming STC/
AML approval basis will further ease installation .
For more information, visit bendixking .com .
Blue Avionics is a Pennsylvania-based company
concentrating on products and services to aircraft
manufacturers, modification/completion centers, airliner,
business jet and helicopter operators, and airborne
military markets . The company designs, develops and
manufactures high-quality certified avionics, niche aircraft
electronics products, certified wiring harnesses and
mechanical mounting hardware, among other capabilities .
Ross Cairns, company founder and managing partner,
briefed attendees at the AEA Convention on Blue Avionics'
harness manufacturing capabilities and its BA-440, an
FAA-certified router/filter for ARINC 429 applications.
According to the company, the BA-440 provides a
DO-260B-compliant interface between the Honeywell GNSSU HG2021GDXX/CMC CMA-3024/5024 and Collins TDR94D transponder on appropriate aircraft . The product is
STC'd aboard various models of Dassault and Bombardier
business jets and provides full ADS-B system
monitoring, including both on-side and
off-side GPS receivers, transponders, related control panels
and itself . It offers mode
status, integrity, missing or
off, health and failure annunciations through a simple
"compliant" or "non-compliant"
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