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email capability, plus the ability to use a smartphone to
make calls and send texts . Soon, the service will connect
select cockpit and operational apps to the outside world
while airborne . Hourly pricing also is available for the stepup ATG-2000 unit .
Gogo Vision is the company's in-flight entertainment
service, which now comes standard with the company's
UCS 5000, a smart router offering 802 .11b/g/n Wi-Fi
service and a single SSID for cabin network and CMS
control . Gogo announced the service now comes with
predictable monthly costs and automatic hangar updates
via Wi-Fi . The system allows users to view a wide array of
content on mobile devices or cabin monitors .
Finally, the company reports its Gogo Biz 4G service,
which it promises will bring the latest smartphone connectivity to the airborne cabin, is on track for its debut in early
2017 . Gogo said it successfully completed the initial phase
of flight testing for the service during a recent four-hour
flight-test sortie aboard the company's Challenger 600 testbed . Gogo said its new 4G service and related hardware
are designed specifically for the business aviation market,
and will incorporate dual-band 802 .11ac Wi-Fi and other
features in a single lightweight box .
For more information, visit business .Gogoair .com .
One of the more unique products available at the
2016 AEA Convention was the Collective Pull Down
from HeliTrak, a company developing innovative safety
solutions for helicopters and located in Gig Harbor,
Washington . The CPD is designed to automatically lower
a helicopter's collective when a low rotor RPM warning
occurs. That's one of the first steps a pilot should take
in recovering from such a condition, but the CPD does it
automatically . According to the company, "This allows the
pilot more time to react to a power loss in order to avoid a
catastrophic result ."
HeliTrak also announced final development of an
autopilot for the Robinson R22 . Coupling both products
creates significant improvements in personal and training
helicopter flight safety, the company said.
With the CPD, a helicopter's collective is pulled down in
about a half second, according to the company, enabling
it to enter autorotation . The CPD is lightweight (under
2 pounds), and can be installed in approximately three
hours . The CPD is initially available for the Robinson R22,
and installations aboard other rotorcraft are under development . The CPD has a small footprint, and does not
require scarce cockpit or baggage-compartment space .
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documentation for an
FAA STC/AML has been
submitted and it is awaiting scheduling for the approval flight test.
HeliTrak said its autopilot is a lightweight, affordable
system featuring Level A software and triplex hardware
architecture, for the highest safety and design assurance
levels recognized by the FAA . A built-in air data attitude
heading reference system and triple-redundant sensors
for the two-axis autopilot provide unusual attitude recovery
and continuous low-G warning . The autopilot is completely
self-contained, with all controls mounted on the pilot's cyclic for thumb operation, and has two operational modes:
heading and altitude hold, and heading and speed hold .
For more information, visit helitrak .com .
Innovative Advantage designs and manufactures highdefinition audio/video distribution systems for business
aviation . As high-end IFE and CMS installations demand
greater flexibility, capability and bandwidth, the company
offers what it calls a leading-edge, high-bandwidth network system capable of supplying HD audio-visual content
at gigabit Ethernet speeds .
Innovative Advantage's solution is the AVDS, which it
said is the most advanced, highest-performing HD audio/
video distribution system
aircraft . The
system's fiberoptic redundantring design means a fault-tolerant network requiring less
wiring and exacting less of a weight penalty .
The resulting signal quality promises uncompromised
video without compression, loss or artifacts, in 4K and
1080 pixel resolutions .
The AVDS backbone makes high-speed wired networking available to any other IFE or CMS system, including
telephony and audio/video on-demand. Its fiber-optic
cabling is not susceptible to electronic interference, noise
induction or ground loops . And since the system is scalable, adding in a new device doesn't mean you have to
remove one first. The result, Innovative Advantage said, is
a connected aircraft .
According to the company, the AVDS works with any
CMS, and allows connecting a wireless access point to
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