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internal pressure and vacuum pumps, and a multicolor
touchscreen display. The original MPS43 air data test
set will continue to be offered, while the new MPS43B
will be available in July 2017.
For more information, visit dma-aero.com.
FDS Avionics is in the business of developing and
producing cabin management systems and in-flight
entertainment products for business aircraft. Its "do"
product line is built around the do Capsule, a wireless
streaming media platform for private and business aircraft. It provides a broad array of in-flight entertainment
options: fully-licensed DRM-compliant movies and music, plus a moving map and other features. Content is
stored on two 1TB removable solid-state drives. When
connected to a Wi-Fi router, the do Capsule streams
content to passengers without the need for an airborne
For 2017, the company introduced its Glass Cabin
feature - part of its do Experience - a point-anywhere
3D mapping application accessed by passengers from
a tablet computer over a Wi-Fi connection, which delivers an unobstructed, 3D view of the aircraft's surroundings in HD detail (and the weather's always VFR). "It's
like VR for private aviation," the company noted.
Also new for 2017 is the do 2D moving map, providing a detail-rich "flight following" view for passengers on
both installed video screens and portable devices. The
application is built around high-definition satellite imagery of surrounding terrain and includes flight data and
distance/direction on nearby cities, plus points of interest. If that's not enough, the do 3D moving map offers
the same feature set in three-dimensions, then adds
features like panning and multiple zoom levels.
FDS also introduced its Penta Converter, which can
accept HDMI, DVI, display port, VGA and composite
video as input, and outputs a serial digital interface signal. According to the company, it works seamlessly with
its new Edge ultra-thin, high-resolution displays.
For more information, visit fdsavionics.com.
New Zealand-based Flightcell International offers
airborne integrated-mobile communications, providing satellite and cellular data, voice and tracking to
private, commercial and military aircraft worldwide. The
company got its start in 1995, when pilot John Wyllie,
now the president and CEO, developed one of the first
use. At the 2017
AEA Convention, Hamish
Neill, Flightcell's vice
president, introduced the
company's latest product,
Flightcell DZMx, an all-in-one
Iridium satellite and cellular
solution for voice, data and aircraft tracking.
According to Flightcell, its DZMx is the only system
that offers uninterrupted GPS tracking via satellite
and cellular networks, significantly reducing the cost
of communications. The system is unlocked, meaning
operators are free to choose their tracking and airtime
providers, and a new feature - cellular IP tracking -
avoids using potentially expensive SMS messaging.
The DZMx's tracking function is accomplished via a
user-configurable, event-driven logic, potentially saving even greater expense, and is uninterrupted, even
when the system is being used for a traditional cellular
Other features include Iridium telephone integration when used with a Flightcell cradle, installation of a
remote-control head, allowing full utilization of the unit
from as many as two additional crew positions, and an
Ethernet/USB hub, providing connections for a Wi-Fi
router or by cabling directly to a personal computer,
tablet or other onboard system. The hub also is used to
facilitate firmware upgrades and data downloads.
In addition to Iridium connectivity, the DZMx offers
4G/LTE/3G cellular capability and supports nightvision goggles. An ARINC 429 expansion card is available. Back-panel configurations can include a single
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