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also provides a traditional "blue-over-brown" attitude
display, according to the company, and can overlay horizontal and vertical course deviation indicators. A total
velocity vector/flight path marker adds to the other features. The IFD550 has a list price starting at $21,999.
Meanwhile, Avidyne's Release 10.2 software is available for field upgrades of in-service IFD540 and IFD440
systems. In addition to SVS capabilities, the software
supports wireless flight plan transfer and circular holding patterns, plus non-TSO'd terrain awareness and
warning system functionality. Release 10.2 also enables
RDR2000 radar display on an IFD navigator and adds
support for European VFR (Bottlang) charting, among
other new features.
Wireless connectivity with Avidyne's IFD100 iPad app
provides a fully redundant connection to an IFD 4-series or 5-series system. That same connectivity allows
an IFD to send ADS-B weather and traffic information
to computer tablets running any of several third-party
apps. The IFD100 app is offered as a free download for
For more information, visit avidyne.com.
perform overspeed calculations for both
IAS and Mach
in various aircraft
flight profiles, and output
that warning to annunciators.
Another application involves the
Dassault Falcon Jet 2000. In this instance, the BA-540 is being used to interface
the HGS2850 heads-up display system to the otherwise
incompatible Pro Line 21 avionics suite. Employing the
BA-540, according to the company, allows the HUD to
be used for en route as well as CAT I/II approaches.
Meanwhile, Blue Avionics also introduced its BA-110
ARINC-to-CSDB (commercial standard digital bus)
converter. Available in the fall of 2017, the BA-110 combines discrete ARINC 429 inputs and can output CSDB
and RS-232. It's configurable for specific uses with no
hardware or software changes, and complies with DO178B DAL B, DO-254 DAL B and DO-160G standards.
For more information, visit blueavionics.com.
CMD Flight Solutions
CMD Flight Solutions is a leader in the global market
for FAA- and EASA-approved AML/STC ADS-B Out solutions aboard Part 25 and 23 aircraft. The company's
STCs cover nearly every aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins TDR-94/94D transponders or the Honeywell
Primus II Radio Suite, and using several WAAS GPS
sources, including the Universal UNS-1(-)W FM, Collins
GPS-4000S, FreeFlight 1203C, Honeywell GNSSU and
the BendixKing KGS-200. According to the company,
its solutions cover "almost every business jet, personal
aircraft and regional jet flying today," which includes
popular airframes from Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier,
Dassault, Embraer, Gulfstream, Learjet, Beechcraft and
Cessna, among others.
Barb Mahoney, vice president
of sales and marketing for
CMD Flight Solutions, briefed
convention attendees on her
company's latest offering: a
solution to the flight ID problem. CMD joined forces with
Shadin Avionics to develop
the ADS-B Out Flight ID
Adapter, which allows the
Getting aircraft electronic components to work and
play well with each other is one of the often-thankless
tasks an avionics shop must perform. But that's a challenge Blue Avionics' "adaptable avionics unit" products
try to simplify. The company is known for its wiring harness and supplemental type certificate capabilities, but
its multifunction avionics also are popular. Ross Cairns
of Blue Avionics introduced his company's latest offerings, including the BA-540 router/filter - which he described as similar to its BA-440 predecessor - and the
BA-110 ARINC-to-CSDB converter.
The BA-540 from Blue Avionics is the company's
latest entry in the multifunction avionics market.
Building on the BA-440, the -540 brings with it
a host of new features, including configurable
higher-order math calculations, dynamic filtering,
ARINC mapping and the capability to perform
complex algorithms. The BA-540 is available now,
and already has been employed in two different
One application is aboard NASA's Boeing
747SP flying testbed, Sofia, where it's being used
The ADS-B Out Flight ID Adapter
to combine two different air data systems and
provide multibus outputs to other aircraft systems,
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