US cargo and
regional operators have contracted California-based manufacturer Sandel Avionics for terrain awareness warning systems
(TAWS), in advance of the US FAA’s 29 March deadline for installing the safety
carriers Atlas Air, Centurion Air Cargo, Express.net Airlines and Kitty
Hawk, as well as regional carriers Air Midwest and Great Lakes
Aviation have opted for Sandel’s ST3400 TAWS.
Peruvian freighter carrier Cielos del
Peru has also signed on for TAWS installations, says Sandel.
terms of the individual agreements have not been disclosed.
conceived as simply a compact, integrated alternative to cumbersome existing
TAWS products, the ST3400 has won over operators of owner-flown, corporate,
regional, cargo and air transport aircraft alike due to its ease of
installation, bright display, robust feature set and outstanding value,” says Sandel president and CEO Gerry Block.
Sandel first received certification for the ST3400 in April
2002, initially in the Cessna 421. The company has since won standard type
certification for a range of commercial aircraft, including the Boeing 727, 737
and 747 families, the McDonnell Douglas DC-9, and BAe
Jetstream 31 and 32 turboprops.
commercial certifications include the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and Airbus A300,
operators of Part 91, Part 135 and Part 121 turbine-powered aircraft are faced
with a FAA mandatory requirement to equip their aircraft with TAWS by 29 March.