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28 Sep 17. Esterline, global leader in defense and aerospace technologies, will demonstrate its new Racal Acoustics RA4000 Magna headset for high-noise environments at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C., 9-11 October 2017, Booth 1203. Esterline’s Racal Acoustics brand offers a range of high-reliability personal hearing and communications equipment for the military, paramilitary, aviation and first-responder markets.
Esterline has engineered its Racal Acoustics Magna digital headset to address current operator requirements with up-to-date solutions in electronics, materials and ergonomics in a market that has typically relied on older technologies. Performance highlights include:
• Comprehensive hearing protection for high-noise environments with an autonomous, battery-powered digital active noise reduction (ANR) system.
• Crystal-clear, high-fidelity communications.
• Ergonomic construction, comfortable for long missions.
• Modular, customizable and upgradeable features and accessories to match specific mission requirements and extend useful life.
• Waterproof design.
“Our aim with the Magna headset has been to jolt this high-noise market space with a highly engineered digital solution offering unprecedented performance in hearing protection, sound quality, reliability and versatility, for an overall value that simply cannot be ignored,” said Dick Heinrich, managing director of Racal Acoustics at Esterline. “To home in on one example: our Magna headset is the first and only high-noise headset that offers noise-reduction circuitry that is both digital and battery powered, so it delivers effective protection even when disconnected from an intercom/radio system or vehicle. Similarly, our electronic compression circuitry facilitates outstanding local sound awareness and talk-through when untethered.”
Esterline Corporation (NYSE: ESL) is an international specialized defense and aerospace company headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., that employs about 13,000 people worldwide. Its wholly owned subsidiary Esterline Control & Communication Systems (www.esterline.com/controlandcommunication) designs and produces leading technology control and communication components and subsystems for today’s advanced requirements, focusing on delivering high-reliability human-machine interface (HMI) solutions to its customers across the globe.
28 Sep 17. US AFOTEC tests new digitised navigation charts for mission planning. The US Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC) Detachment 2 (Det 2) has completed testing on a new, fully digital aircraft navigation aid.
Designed to streamline mission planning initiatives for the military, the three digitised navigation charts include the 1:250,000 joint operations graphics-air (JOG-A), the 1:2 millionth jet navigation (JNC), and the 1:5 millionth global navigation and planning (GNC) series.
Aircrew use navigation charts similarly to the way drivers use dashboard GPS systems in vehicles, AFOTEC stated.
The new charts were tested at nine military installations across the US for a period of six weeks.
The Det 2 team and aircrew from the airforce, army and navy evaluated the chart effectiveness on 16 different airframes.
AFOTEC Detachment 2 Air Armament Division chief lieutenant colonel Robert Clark said: “We evaluated the new digital product for the units’ ability to mission plan and fly with them.
“The JOG-A series chart is intended for use in planning and supporting low-altitude air operations and navigation.”
“We also evaluated various aircrew’s use and their ratings of the charts.”
The JOG-A series chart is intended for use in planning and supporting low-altitude air operations and navigation, tactical air-to-ground operations, and support to other aircraft activities.
The JNC char