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29 Nov 11. Rockwell Collins unveiled its new EP-80 image generator, which brings cost-savings to the simulation and training market by adapting commercial off-the-shelf personal computer (COTS PC) and graphics technologies to provide scalable performance from desktop brief and debrief stations to aircraft simulators. The announcement was made at I/ITSEC 2011. The EP-80 employs breakthrough, second-generation EP2 (environment processor) real-time software to provide full functionality within a high-resolution, round-earth environment. Compatible across the complete line of EP image generators, the EP-80 enables customers to combine COTS PC training devices with high performance systems, yielding a wide array of training capabilities that share common real-time software, databases and host interfaces. At the forefront of technology, Rockwell Collins continues to enhance training effectiveness by providing the most advanced training solutions with the lowest cost of ownership. By leveraging strengths in avionics systems development and training systems design, Rockwell Collins delivers total integrated solutions. The company’s diverse portfolio spans the entire training life cycle, from instructional systems design through fully integrated, high fidelity training systems and support.
01 Dec 11. Cobham’s Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) amendments for hundreds of aircraft to provide Localizer Precision with Vertical Navigation (LPV) approach capability. LPV approaches are a part of the FAA’s NextGen air traffic system and provide precision instrument approaches equivalent to Instrument Landing System (ILS) at thousands of airports across the nation without the need for expensive ground infrastructure at each airport. The amendments cover both larger-model aircraft noted on the Part 23 Approved Model List (AML) under STC #SA02254AK and the Citation 501 under STC #SA02220AK. Hardware and software required for LPV capability on these aircraft include the following:
* A WAAS Beta III GPS receiver
* Cobham version 7.0E operating system software
* Analog Interface Unit-2, if Cobham’s EFIS is driving an analog autopilot system
LPV is a type of approach based on the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), published on RNAV (GPS) approach charts. This procedure takes advantage of the precise vertical and lateral guidance available from WAAS.
01 Dec 11. Honeywell announced a new technology solution — Safe Triage Pro — to help emergency responders provide faster and more accurate on-scene support and diagnosis of injured patients. Safe Triage Pro from Honeywell Intelligent Life Care and UK-based technology firm Safe Patient Systems, is a fully-automated, hand-held triage solution designed by clinicians following the 7/7 attacks in London, enabling fast and effective delivery of patient information to receiving hospitals to improve clinical governance and patient safety. Safe Triage Pro is designed to support the treatment of mass casualties resulting from a major incident or terrorist attack, as well as day-to-day emergency response incidents, including in large stadiums, airports or other high-crowd venues. The West Midlands Ambulance Service Air Ambulance Unit were the first to use the technology: “The Safe Triage Pro has step changed the ability of our Air Ambulance crews to quickly capture and share crucial victim data,” said Dr. Tony Bleetman, clinical director helicopter emergency medicine, West Midlands Ambulance Service. Honeywell is also distributing a second “Lite” version aimed at non-medically trained users. Safe Triage Lite integrates the latest communication technology to enable remote medical diagnosis and support to those working in challenging and hard-to-reach air, sea or land loca