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One Mile Up
"Remembering what we want to remember" is the
premise behind Panel Planner J, software designed to
support avionics shops and offered by Washington, D.C.area-based publisher One Mile Up. Gene Velazquez
briefed AEA Convention attendees on the software package, a Java-based application running on either the Windows or Macintosh operating system, which the company
noted is the "best solution for designing or redesigning
instrument panels for any aircraft."
The software gives users the ability to design and
build instrument panels by dragging photo-realistic instruments, avionics and cockpit controls into place on
an aircraft panel template. According to the company,
Panel Planner J "tracks total cost, total weight and peak
current, generates an equipment list, and even prints
actual-size hole-cutting templates and color mock-ups"
using typical office printers.
Velazquez noted that avionics shops are extremely
busy, and while a customer may come in and get work
done the same day, more often it can be months before
the aircraft comes in for the planned work. "And there's
a lot to remember when that aircraft comes back." Examples include how it was sold, how the work will be
designed, how it's going to be built, how it's going to be
The software allows avionics shops to enter, store
and retrieve project-related information on aircraft, including the owner, the planned budget and its intended
usage. The application works with aircraft of all sizes,
and includes more than 1,600 instruments and avionics
products in its database. A single-user license for the
software's corporate version is $495; the multiuser version is $995.
For more information, visit panelplanner.com.
Orban Microwave Products
Orban Microwave Products was established in 1996
as an independent radio frequency and microwave design organization. In 1998, antenna design was added
to the company's capabilities. Today, Orban designs
and manufactures RF and microwave subsystems, and
antennas, in the 0.1 to 25 GHz frequency range.
But unlike traditional companies, Orban has no standard products. Instead, it develops application-specific
items when no suitable ones are available in the marketplace. The company's typical customer is unable to
locate a standard product meeting their requirements
or does not have an in-house design and fabrication
Dan Orban, president of the company, briefed AEA
Convention attendees on his company's latest product,
an ADS-B base station antenna, which was developed
from its wide range of antenna topologies, including
patch antennas, choke rings, quadrifilar antennas and
antenna arrays. Orban's ADS-B base station antenna
is implemented as a circular patch device operating in
TM20 mode, and is specifically designed for groundbased ADS-B receivers.
The ADS-B base station antenna incorporates a
semihemispherical radiation pattern, with broadside
gain slightly reduced in favor of gain at lower elevations, according to Orban. The antenna's radiation
pattern shows maximum gain at around 50 degrees in
elevation, and its design reserves space for a low-noise
amplifier and a filter, both of which are available as options.
The passive version of Orban's ADS-B base station
antenna is available now, with an active version incorporating a low-noise amplifier available on request. The
antenna's enclosure can be customized with a company
logo. Orban added that the company's manufacturing
partners and in-house final assembly and test capabilities provide for quick turnarounds of new and incremental designs.
For more information, visit orbanmicrowave.com.
This antenna is
designed to connect
to a ground-based
pattern is semihemispherical and
optimized for optimal
Panel Planner software from One Mile Up is for designing
and fabricating instrument panels.
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