CAN Aviation Alliance

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The CAN Aviation Alliance is a transatlantic US/German consortium founded in 2007 by Innovative Control Systems of Phoenix/Arizona, Stock Flight Systems of Farchach/Germany and Wetzel Technology of Putzbrunn/Germany. The CAN Aviation Alliance has focussed around the application of Controller Area Network (CAN) in all areas of aeronautics and delivers CAN products and services for ground and airborne systems. The CAN Aviation Alliance is the leading authority for the international aviation CAN standards CANaerospace and ARINC825.

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Innovative Control Systems (ICS)  was established in 1990 with the goal to provide Engineering Consulting,  Value Added Resale (VAR) and System Integration services to High Technology  Aerospace Companies. Since that time, ICS have had many customers both national and international. Today, ICS supplies many different manufacturers with ASCB communications, Telemetry Interface, Simulation and other Data Acquisition equipment. The ICS customer base  includes over 30 major aerospace companies and suppliers, including Honeywell, Raytheon Aircraft Corporation,  EMBRAER, Cessna, Gulfstream , Fairchild-Dornier, Bell-Agusta, NASA, Hamilton Sundstrand, B.F. Goodrich, Aircraft Braking Systems, Vibrometer,  Smiths Industries, and many others. Today, the vision has grown to include many Data Acquisition and Telemetry products. ICS is a world authority  on, and specialize in, interface solutions to Honeywell’s ASCB Aircraft communications bus. As a result, ICS develops many custom products for  customers who have needs in this area.

Stock Flight Systems has been established in 1993 as an aerospace industry support company and has focused on the development, manufacturing and integration of flight data recording and inflight test and control systems for aerospace applications. As a service to customers, Stock Flight Systems also conducts flight testing of sensors, actuators and data communication and processing equipment  and operates an own research aircraft for this purpose. Stock Flight Systems is the original inventor of the CANaerospace data bus protocol and develops and maintains this worldwide open standard. The projects already completed successfully include inflight test & instrumentation systems, test stands and flight simulator cockpit units. The products of Stock Flight Systems are designed to operate in harsh environments and can be qualified to highest standards. The customer base includes NASA Langley and Dryden Flight Research Centers, EADS, Kayser-Threde, Eurocopter IABG, ESG, Bombardier-Rotax, the German Aerospace Center DLR and many others.

Wetzel Technology GmbH was founded 1997 and designs, develops and integrates software for simulation systems. Wetzel Technologies teamĀ“s experience and specific know-how are based on the simulation industry. Wetzel works especially in the area of flight training and development simulators for civil and military aircrafts. The product line spectrum covers software individually designed for our customers as well as standard products. Standard products include Vista2D, a Data-Visualization tool developed for the special needs of development simulation, flight test data evaluation, data visualization for avionic test rigs and others. Vista2D is available for SGI-IRIX, PC x86 Linux, Solaris and Windows 2000/XP/7. Additionally, Wetzel Technology provides some other standard simulation tools like generic digital map displays, instrument simulations, instructor operator stations, navigation models etc. Based on this large pool of experience, Wetzel Technology is able to provide software solutions for flight simulation, avionics test benches, flight test, data visualization and prototyping.