An easy day of flying is not hard to define. Passengers arrive on time, good weather translates into few delays and everything on the airplane works the way it was intended. Identifying a difficult day is a bit more challenging. Is it when the crew shoots a localizer approach to minimums at night with thunderstorms all around?
A study commissioned by the NGATS Institute on behalf of the FAA’s JPDO and prepared by the advanced engineering and sciences division of ITT determined that eLoran (for enhanced) has “the highest overall preference rating…particularly in the U.S.” as a backup for satnav receivers in the event of failure or interference.
The Alerts (aircraft logging and event recording for training and safety) system, designed jointly by Appareo Systems and Bristow Group subsidiary Air Logistics, is now STC certified. Alerts, which is currently certified only for the Bell 206 and 407, consists of a lightweight inertial sensor suite and a recorder capable of storing more than 100 hours of flight data. It also includes a 3-D graphic flight replay software system.
Cheyenne owners now have an option for RVSM certification, in the form of a Jettech kit available for all Cheyenne 400LS models equipped with the Collins APS-65 or King KFC 400 autopilot. The company is working on an STC for those equipped with a KFC 300. It will sell for $159,000 and include a new air data computer, digital altimeter and associated pitot-static and wiring upgrades.
Clearwater, Fla. instrument manufacturer Aerosonic bought Op Technologies, a Beaverton, Ore. manufacturer of glass cockpit avionics suites. The move is a perfect fit, said Aerosonic executive v-p Mark Perkins, “because we were headed down the path of developing our own glass display products. This allowed us to take several years off the development cycle.
Instrument manufacturer Aerosonic of Clearwater, Fla., announced yesterday that it bought Op Technologies, a Beaverton, Ore. manufacturer of glass cockpit avionics suites primarily for the light sport and experimental aircraft market. “It fits perfectly,” said Aerosonic executive vice president Mark Perkins, “because we were headed down the path of developing our own glass display products.
A satellite navigation backup study commissioned by the JPDO has given eLoran “the highest overall preference rating...particularly in the U.S.” Not yet publicly released, the 180-page document was prepared by ITT’s advanced engineering and sciences division and assessed seven candidates against a series of essential requirements. The candidates include DME/DME/INS; GNSS/INS; eLoran; VOR; “hardened” GNSS; terrain mapping; and multilateration.
A hardware issue with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite has forced at least two airplane manufacturers to halt production temporarily as the avionics manufacturer hastens to fix the issue. According to a Garmin spokeswoman, there has been a noticeable increase in failures for the component that controls attitude and heading reference information.
When Eclipse Aviation founder and CEO Vern Raburn earlier this year declared that a retooled avionics system for the Eclipse 500 very light jet would be tested and certified within four months, many observers were skeptical. More telling, however, was the revelation that Eclipse’s hand-picked supplier team also had doubts about the accelerated timetable.
After years of losing market share to cross-town rival Garmin, Honeywell’s Bendix/King division is fighting back with two all-new products for general aviation.