Company completes LPV software upgrade for
Austrian Air Force’s C-130 aircraft
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, July 17, 2018 – Astronautics Corporation of America has completed a localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) software update to electronic flight instruments (EFIs) the company originally designed and manufactured for Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group for the Austrian Air Force’s C-130 aircraft.
Astronautics’ LPV software update will allow the C-130s to land with the accuracy of a traditional instrument landing system (ILS) approach while using satellite information instead of ground-based guidance that is being phased out of many airports due to high maintenance and operating costs.
“This software update will give our customer additional precision approach capabilities similar to traditional ILS for fielded aircraft,” said Astronautics Director of International Business Development & Key Customers Robert Koelling. “The update demonstrates the adaptability and growth capability of our display systems, allowing cost-effective upgrades that maximize aircraft availability and reduce retrofit maintenance downtime.”
“Each aircraft will be fitted with a new GPS and wide-area augmentation system flight management upgrade,” said Koelling. “In short, this new capability allows the aircraft to land in low visibility in more airports.”
LPV is the highest precision global positioning system instrument approach with vertical guidance currently available without specialized aircrew training requirements.
The LPV contract with Marshall was awarded in May 2017, with the original EFI contract awarded in September 2011. Astronautics replaced four mechanical attitude director indicators and horizontal situation indicators with its state-of-the-art EFI displays and control panels.
About Astronautics Corporation of America
Astronautics Corporation of America, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a global leader in the design, development, and manufacture of secure and reliable avionics equipment and systems for the commercial and military aerospace industry. Key product areas include electronic primary flight displays, engine displays, flight controls, mission computers, electronic flight bags, and certified servers for airborne applications. Services include system integration and custom software for critical applications. Since its founding in 1959, Astronautics has been providing trusted and tailored engineering solutions to enable manufacturers and operators achieve mission success.