With all the recent talk about glass cockpits migrating to light airplanes, it has been an exciting 12 months not only for GA pilots and aviation enthusiasts, but also for avionics installers. The Aircraft Electronics Association’s annual convention was awash in news and unconfirmed talk of new products from the major avionics manufacturers, with much of the attention focused on Garmin and Avidyne, makers of low-end glass cockpits.
Starting in November, countries in Europe will start requiring operators to be approved for Precision Rnav (PRnav) if they intend to use their Rnav equipment in terminal areas that have Rnav procedures.
In the fall, CAE SimuFlite is scheduled to have its first Citation X simulator ready for initial and recurrent pilot and mechanic training. The FAA level-D simulator, installed at SimuFlite’s Dallas facility, is equipped with a Honeywell SPZ-7600 digital autoflight control system, Universal UNS-1D flight management system with GPS, Enhanced GPWS, TCAS II and moving-map display.
Honeywell and Meggitt Avionics are partnering to certify an avionics upgrade package for the King Air C90. The standard retrofit package will comprise a Bendix/King three-axis KFC 250 flight control system and Meggitt’s Magic EFIS, which includes an air data/attitude and heading reference system and primary flight and navigational displays. The price is expected to be $125,000 plus installation.
New tools exist to prevent those accidents that most worry safety experts.
It is no secret that the FAA in the last several months has been forced to shelve a number of important ATC modernization projects. But now a blunt assessment by Department of Transportation inspector general Kenneth Mead accuses the agency of misjudging the technological maturity of the canceled programs and failing to gauge their true costs.
Air Methods’ products division has received an STC for its Eurocopter EC 135 single-pilot IFR avionics package and plans to make it available on the EC 145. The installation features a new instrument panel and glareshield.
Acrohelipro and Carson helicopters are outfitting the first two of Carson’s Sikorsky S-61 fleet with Sagem Avionics’ integrated cockpit display system retrofit. Carson will retrofit 10 S-61s over the next two-and-a-half years. The refit includes five 10-inch cockpit displays, comprising two primary flight displays, two multifunction displays and one caution advisory panel for CAS messages.
Garmin International (Booth No. 7619) scored a trifecta at NBAA’07, with three aircraft manufacturers– Cessna, Piper and Socata–announcing selection of G1000 avionics suites. Cessna Aircraft announced on Monday that it is adopting the G1000 as standard equipment in the Caravan single-engine turboprop, available in the first half of next year for all Caravan models.
Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS) STC for the Dassault Falcon 50 is now available to its dealer network, and the avionics maker said it plans to do the same for other models soon.