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PGS Suite for the Aircraft Industry

PGS Suite Release Notes

New Features

  • Flight recorders
    • CURTISS-WRIGHT FORTRESS flight recorder:
      • Processing of datalink has been added.
    • HONEYWELL 980-6032-XXX flight recorder has been added with the following capabilities:
      • Downloading and processing of audio and datalink.
    • HONEYWELL 980-4750-XXX flight recorder has been added with the following capabilities:
      • Downloading and processing of flight data.
    • HONEYWELL FORTRESS BGA flight recorder has been added with the following capabilities:
      • Downloading and processing of flight data, audio and datalink.
    • All references to L3COM (as a recorder manufacturer) have been changed to L3HARRIS.
    • L3HARRIS FA2100 has been added with the following capabilities:
      • Processing of datalink.
  • 3D Replay
    • High-quality satellite map streaming has been added (up to 1meter resolution).
      This feature requires internet access to pgs-support.com website and a dedicated service
    • Offline high-quality satellite map support has been added (20meters resolution).
      Maps are available on demand by country or continent.
  • Image player
    • +/- 90° image rotation has been added.
  • PGS Main window, Image player and Datalink viewer
    • Replay speed control has been added to be consistent with 3D Replay view and Audio player.
  • Computed parameters
    • AngleConvert has been added as formula.
  • Others
    • Operator manual link has been added to Help menu.
    • Release note link has been added to Help menu.
    • Licences information has been added to Update menu.

Improvements

  • Flight recorders
    • CURTISS-WRIGHT FORTRESS:
      • Extra information has been added to outputted audio WAV files to drastically reduce loading time in PGS Audio player.
    • CURTISS-WRIGHT EFDMU:
      • Processing of flight data files has been enhanced to handle corrupted files (files with a bad length due to loss of power).
    • L3HARRIS FA5001 DVR:
      • Processing of audio has been enhanced to handle “garbage audio data”.
  •  Analysis
    • A flight tab has been added to the Analysis Report.
  • Datalink
    • Datalink management unit Honeywell EASy2 has been renamed as Honeywell Generic.
    • Datalink management unit Rockwell & Collins Generic has been added.
  • Statistics export
    • A filter by flight date or analysis date has been added to narrow down the content of the outputted CSV file.
    • Options have been added to customize the content of the outputted CSV file so that it can be used as it is to create rich reports with Microsoft Power BI software.

Fixed Issues

  • Flight recorders
    • HONEYWELL 980-6020/6022-XXX:
      • Processing of audio data may not be consistent.
    • HONEYWELL EVXP:
      • Processing of EVXP LOG files outputs XFF files with no data.
    • HONEYWELL 980-6044/4131-XXX:
      • Downloaded files are not named correctly if “All” option is selected.
    • L3HARRIS FA5001 & FA5001 DVR:
      • When downloading data from the recorder, a message “Connection lost” may appear although the download processing continues.
    • L3HARRIS FA5001 DVR:
      • Processing of image data from IP Camera outputs IMR file where h264 IDR images may not be sliced properly.
      • Processing of image data from IP Camera may take a lot of time and end with a “out of memory” message.
  •  Analysis
    • Archive of Analysis window cannot be opened because of a bad Start Time value in flight files.
    • In Flight window, user shouldn’t be able to fill manually Departure and Arrival but only select an existing airport/heliport.
    • In Flight window, if start date and time values are wrong, the whole grid might be black.
    • In extended flight profiles, when “begin of file” is used in an alternate list of conditions, the analysis engine behaviour may not be correct.
  • Audio player
    • When playing audio data, closing Audio player window will make PGS not responding.
    • When loading multiple WAV files using open file dialog, all files may not be loaded.
  • Image player
    • h264 images of an IMR file may not be properly decoded.
  •  GUI
    • When displaying flight data, editing a parameter from the contextual menu of the graphic scale doesn’t select the relevant parameter in Parameter Studio.
    • When displaying flight data with slider feature enabled and moving the slider over a detached window, stickers of PGS main window appears instead of the one of the detached window.
    • When displaying flight data, scales of detached graphic views cannot be moved or resized.
    • When displaying CURTISS-WRIGHT FORTRESS accelerometer’s flight data from a XFF file larger than 4GB, zooming in may result in displaying wrong values.
  • Fleet Management
    • In Flights window, Flights Start date can be incorrectly displayed due to Windows regional settings.
    • In Flights window, Departure and Arrival columns can be filled with free text.
  • 3D Replay
    • In Panel editor, if an instrument located in a sub-folder is added to a panel, it is not loaded.
    • In Panel editor, if instruments are multiselected:
      • X, Y, width and height values are not the one of the multi selection rectangle in both toolbar and properties dialog.
      • changing X, Y, width or height value does not result in the expected behaviour.
    • In Instrument editor, if instrument models are multiselected:
      • X, Y, width and height values are not the one of the multi selection rectangle in both toolbar and properties dialog.
      • changing X, Y, width or height value does not result in the expected behaviour.
    • When replaying a panel, overall instruments position in tabs (attached or detached) may not match position defined in the PANEL file.
  •  Datalink
    • In datalink messages, invalid position (latitude and longitude) is processed as a value instead of being flagged as invalid.
  •  Synchronization
    • Synchronizing data files with a different timeline may take a lot of processing time and result may not be consistent.
    • When replaying image data and flight data, image frame rate is not correct.
  • Others
    • When adding/editing a place in Airport/Heliport editor, its identifier is not saved properly.

Known Issues

  • Analysis
    • The results of an event-based measurement are stored although the event itself is rejected in the Analysis Report. 
  • Synchronization
    • Synchronization timestamps and power up counters used for synchronization of different data sources may not be always increasing as PGS expects. This causes a bad synchronization behaviour.
  • GUI
    • When displaying flight data, after several zoom-in, curves may disappear or may be displayed twice.
    • For checkboxes inside a grid, when changing checkbox state using keyboard’s spacebar, the new state is not applied and has no effect.

Deprecations and Removals

  • Others
    • Event Maintenance feature has been removed.
    • AFC feature has been removed.
    • In Database manager, save as text feature has been removed.

 

New Features

  • Flight recorders
    • CURTISS-WRIGHT iMPFR flight recorder has been added with the following capabilities:
      • Downloading and processing of flight parameters, audio, image (1 cockpit camera and 4 MFDs).
      • Downloading of OMS and Datalink (data are not processed yet).
    • CURTISS-WRIGHT FORTRESS flight recorder:
      • Downloading and processing of 25 hours CVR audio data has been added.
    • L3COM FA5001 DVR flight recorder:
      • Processing of image from IP camera has been added.

Improvements

  • Audio player
    • RF64 WAV file format support has been added to handle audio files bigger than 4GB.
      (Useful to support 25 hours CVR)

Fixed Issues

  • Analysis
    • When using an extended flight profile, measurements defined with a measurement range set as Flight Event are not working.
  • Audio player
    • When playing WAV file with a size higher than 2GB, no sound can be heard.
  • GUI
    • When displaying flight data and using ruler feature, ruler results are not properly displayed in status bar.
  • Analysis
    • Root flight phase may not be detected.
  • Fleet Management
    • Downloading a FA5001 flight recorder of an aircraft is possible as the crash recorder option cannot be selected.
  • 3D Replay
    • In 3D view, attitude angles are not displayed when 3D view size is too small.

Known Issues

  • Synchronization
    • Synchronizing data files with a different timeline may take a lot of processing time and result may not be consistent.
  • GUI
    • When displaying flight data, after several zoom-in, curves may disappear or may be displayed twice.
    • For checkboxes inside a grid, when changing checkbox state using keyboard’s spacebar, the new state is not applied and has no effect.

Deprecations and Removals

  • None.

 

New Features

  • Flight recorders
    • L3COM LDR/1000-1710-11 flight recorder has been added with the following capabilities:
      • Downloading and processing of flight parameters, audio and image (1 camera).
    • L3COM FA5001 DVR flight recorder has been added with the following capabilities:
      • Downloading of flight parameters, audio and image (camera HD-SDI and camera IP).
      • Processing of flight parameters, audio and image (camera HD-SDI only, camera IP not processed yet).
    • All references to Penny and Giles (as a recorder manufacturer) have been changed to CURTISS-WRIGHT
    • CURTISS-WRIGHT FORTRESS flight recorder has been added with the following capabilities:
      • Downloading and processing of flight parameters, accelerometer, rotor speed, audio (2Hours only), image (2 cameras).
      • Downloading of Datalink (Datalink not processed yet).
    • CURTISS-WRIGHT EFDMU D51703 quick access recorder has been added with the following capabilities:
      • Processing of flight parameters.
    • Others
      • A “Log” button has been added to all crash recorders result dialog. When clicked it opens the log file of the downloaded recorder if the log feature is enabled (Settings dialog).
  • GUI
    • A local copy of a .xff file is created when it is opened from a network path, a mapped network drive, a disc drive or a removable drive to avoid poor performances.
    • To avoid to poor performances, when resizing flight data view (main PGS view) if refresh time is higher than 500ms, then real time refresh is disabled until resizing is completed.
    • An option to hide values out of scales range has been added to scale contextual menu of flight data view.
    • A menu entry “Export” has been added to Statistics menu.
  • Image player
    • An Image player has been added to replay one image source either alone or synchronised with other data sources (flight parameters, audio, …).
  • Database / Parameter studio / Database import
    • ARINC 664 flight data parameters support has been added.
  • Database Manager
    • A feature to select which database kind of elements (Groups, Measurements, AFC Program, Events, Counters) to save in addition to flight parameters and database properties has been added to the Save As dialog.
  • Events editor
    • When using discrete parameters in conditions for events, Min and Max columns shall display the numerical value of the state (in brackets) near the text of the state (ex: Ground (1) or Flight (0)).
  • AFC
    • In AFC reports, curves now take the whole height of the page.
  • 3D replay instruments
    • All instrument models.
    • A background picture can now be assigned to an instrument.
  • 3D replay instrument editor
    • Additional buttons have been added to the toolbar (Bring * / Send * / Add layer features).
    • Selected instrument models X/Y, W/H values are now displayed in the status bar.
    • In instrument view, markers of rulers have been added so that they are now specific to each layer of the instrument.
    • Context menus have been reworked an enhanced.
  • 3D replay panel
    • A background picture can now be assigned to a panel.
    • A size property is now set to a panel.
  • 3D replay panel editor
    • A grid has been added to the panel tab view.
    • Top and left rulers have been added to the panel tab view. Rulers include markers that are specific to each layer of each panel tab.
    • A zoom feature (for panel tab view) has been added.
    • A toolbar has been added with buttons to (New, Open, Save, X/Y, W/H, Align, Bring * / Send * / Add layer features).
    • A status bar has been added to display selected instruments X/Y and W/H values.
    • A multi layers feature has been added for each panel tab.
    • The treeview has been modified to display layers and layers content of the selected panel tab.
    • A properties dialog has been added for selected layer or selected instrument or panel.
    • Context menus have been reworked an enhanced.

Fixed Issues

  • GUI
    • When hovering over the “Exit” entry in the “Aircraft” menu of the main windows, “Exit tracer” is indicated.
    • When leaving the Tracer by the menu of the Tracer window, PGS closes.
    • When the AFC editor is opened in read only, the last line is not sorted.
    • When replaying audio data in conjunction with flight data, zoom behaviour may not be correct.
    • When zooming-in in the audio, the arrows of the horizontal scrollbar do not work anymore at a given zoom level.
    • When scrolling horizontally in the Audio Player, an infinite loop may occur.
    • When displaying flight data, switching the slider mode may make markers labels disappear.
    • In Report dialog (Fleet Management -> Flights dialog -> Report button), hidden columns in the grid are not managed properly
  • Database / Parameter studio
    • When a filter is used, and a column is sorted, selected parameters are not the ones expected.
    • When previously set in Parameter Studio dialog, the sort by “Short Name” of parameters is not working properly.
  • AFC
    • If a step value is equal to 0 in an “Increment” or “Angle Increment” AFC test condition, an infinite loop occurs.
    • In the cells of an AFC report PDF file, the text is not displayed if it is too long compared to the cell size.
  • Project
    • When loading a project with flight data, audio data and zooms, an infinite loop may occur.
    • When loading a project, the size of the Audio Player window is not restored.
    • When loading a project, manual synchronization markers within the project file may conflict with synchronisation information “.si” files.
  • Synchronisation
    • Manual synchronization marker for flight data can be set outside the flight data range.
  • Flight data processing
    • When displaying flight data, float ARINC573 parameters value may be seen as abnormal spikes.
  • Fleet Management
    • When deleting a selected aircraft from Fleet Management dialog then closing Fleet Management dialog, PGS crashes.
  • 3D replay instrument editor
    • Bring* and Send* do not work as expected.
    • Active layers related actions do not work as expected.
    • when using multiple monitors, drag and drop of a model from one monitor to another make the application crash.
  • 3D Replay instrument models
    • 3D view instrument model
      • Terrain around airports is not flat as it should be.
      • A graphic glitch (a black rectangle that blends with the current satellite imagery tile) occurs when another satellite imagery is displayed.
    • Dial instrument model
      • Background center area is not transparent as it should be.
    • Counter instrument model
      • Left text alignment does not work properly.
    • Control instrument model
      • Buttons text is not clipped.
  • 3D Replay
    • When several 3D Replay panel sheets are detached PGS displays error message #38 “Cannot initialize the Replay panel”.
    • Flight data parameters values may not be properly used which can be interpreted as a bad aircraft attitude during flight and/or a missing part of the trajectory.
  • Protected version
    • Protected version of PGS crashes as soon as 3D Replay view opens.
    • Protected version of PGS does not run at all since Windows 10 build 1803.
  • Others
    • When updating PGS, shaders may not be compiled correctly.

Known Issues

  • Audio player
    • When playing wav file with a size higher than 2GB, no sound can be heard.
  • GUI
    • When displaying flight data, after several zoom-in, curves may disappear or may be displayed twice.
    • For checkboxes inside a grid, when changing checkbox state using keyboard’s spacebar, the new state is not applied and has no effect.

Deprecations and Removals

  • OS support
    • Windows XP support has been removed.