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L-3 Aviation Products
L-3 Aviation Products manufactures a diverse line of
voice and data recorders, collision avoidance systems,
navigation products, display systems and processors .
The company also offers aftermarket services, including
MRO and integrated performance-based logistics for
military and commercial systems . Kim Stephenson, L-3's
group manager for aftermarket products, briefed attendees on the company's latest products .
The company announced software updates to its
one-box ADS-B Out solution, the Lynx NGT-9000 touchscreen transponder that also displays ADS-B In's traffic
and weather data . Stephenson told attendees L-3 received FAA TSO authorization to add Class B embedded terrain awareness warning system capabilities and
ADS-B traffic advisory system aural alerting options. The
eTAWS option adds an additional screen displaying surrounding terrain .
The Lynx ATAS option announces range, bearing and
relative altitude of intruder aircraft through the cockpit
audio system . This feature helps pilots visually acquire
an approaching aircraft by allowing a heads-up approach
to identifying traffic threats.
Another new development from L-3 is TSO approval,
plus an FAA STC/AML, for its ESI-500 standby flight
instrument system . The ESI-500, designed for Class I,
II and III Part 23 airplanes and Part 27 helicopters, is a
3-inch device incorporating synthetic vision, obstacles,
terrain alerting and navigation on a high-resolution, 24bit color display . Flight information presented includes
altitude, attitude, airspeed, aircraft track, vertical speed,
airspeed awareness cues and slip/skid information . An
internal lithium-ion battery supplies the unit in the event
of an external power failure .
These L-3 products soon will be joined by a new transponder, the NXT-700, an ADS-B and DO-260B-compliant replacement unit targeting the business jet market,
including models from Hawker, Gulfstream, Cessna Dassault and Bombardier . The company expects STC/AML
approval in September 2016 .
For more information, visit l-3com .com/AviationProducts .
L-3 Aviation Products has added new
capabilities to its Lynx NGT-9000
Laversab got its start in 1982, as a supplier to government agencies worldwide, including the U .S . Air
Force and U .S . Navy, of high-accuracy, pressure calibration instrumentation . Today, its line of pitot-static
and air-data test equipment is in worldwide use, with
its model 6300 two-channel pitot-static test set perhaps the best known . At the 2016 AEA Convention,
Nandu Balsaver, Laversab's president, introduced his
company's latest innovation: wireless connectivity .
Laversab's wireless implementation allows technicians to bring only an iOS or Microsoft Surface
device into the cockpit for testing without having to
pull a cable and control box . All operational controls
to measure or leak-check the aircraft can be managed wirelessly, through an app available for the iOS
and Surface operating systems . The app - which will
be available for free for the lifetime of the product
- allows both touchscreen and virtual keypad input,
providing the most versatility . An Android operating
system version will be available soon, according to
Laversab's new Wi-Fi connectivity feature will be
a free additional feature on every new unit built . This
includes the company's full line of pitot-static test
equipment: the 6200 for non-RVSM aircraft, the 6250
for RVSM small jets, the model 6270 for all RVSM
aircraft and the higher-accuracy 6300 for all RVSM
aircraft will feature Wi-Fi going forward . Older, inservice units are upgradable for a minimal fee .
The Houston, Texas-based company's line of test
equipment incorporates numerous standard features,
including user-programmable limits for altitude and
airspeed, negative-airspeed protection, leak checking of pitot and static systems either independently
or simultaneously, and built-in diaphragm pumps to
provide pressure and vacuum sources .
For more information, visit laversab .com .
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