Marking an important milestone on the Eclipse 500’s development path, Meggitt last month delivered the first flight-ready autopilot hardware to Eclipse Aviation in Albuquerque, N.M.
Aviation International News » October 2005
More than eight months after the start of reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) in North America, about 70 percent of U.S.-registered business aircraft are approved for RVSM operations, and only four models have achieved 100-percent fleet compliance, according to data provided by technical consulting firm CSSI.
Avidyne and Ryan International announced discounts of up to $2,000 when customers buy an Avidyne FlightMax EX500 multifunction display and a Ryan 9900BX traffic alert system together.
People tend to think of NASA’s Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) project as a far-fetched plan to put an airplane in every garage and turn the skies of America into tomorrow’s commuter byways. The truth is the SATS program will bring GPS-based “highway in the sky” instrument approaches with lower minimums to hundreds of smaller airports, many of them used today by business aircraft.
Airservices Australia has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to avionics makers for as many as 1,500 ADS-B airborne systems for installation in the country’s general aviation fleet. The RFP, which includes system design, manufacture and installation, is part of the country’s long-term plan to transition to ADS-B technology as the primary means of surveillance in en route airspace.
Raytheon Systems of the UK has received a contract from Eurocontrol to install four ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) ground systems to support trials aimed at validating the use of the technology as an alternative to radar for ATC surveillance.
First came glass cockpits for light piston airplanes, and now there is a Frasca flight-training device (FTD) for pilots who want to learn to use the new breed of avionics.
In a bid to bring the functionality of its larger siblings to the G150 midsize jet, Gulfstream announced that it is adding pilot and copilot cursor control devices (CCDs) to the airplane’s Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system. The CCD for the G150 will be nearly identical to the controllers in the G550, G500, G450 and G350, mounted in roughly the same locations as those models on the cockpit sidewalls.
In-flight entertainment specialist Flight Display Systems (FDS) is preparing to take the wraps off a monster, 55-inch LCD monitor for the cabin in a formal announcement expected before year-end.
Elliott Aviation has applied for an STC for installation of a flat-panel cockpit upgrade for the Cessna Citation 650, the Moline, Ill. installer announced last month. The upgrade replaces electromechanical and CRT-based EFIS flight instruments with a Universal 890R instrument suite featuring eight- by nine-inch displays.