Avionics maker Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) is diving headlong into the cockpit retrofit market with a turnkey installation kit for business airplanes that includes a form-fit instrument panel, flat-panel LCDs, integrated control panels and backup instruments.
As far as pilots are concerned, the head-up display may as well consist of the HUD combiner glass and little else, because that is about all they see.
Head-up displays (HUDs) provide pilots with an array of flight-related information, when and where they need it most. The thick piece of HUD combiner glass that folds down and locks into position in front of the pilot’s eyes puts a veritable visual feast of instantly recognizable symbology directly in the forward field of vision.
China’s Aviation Authority has taken delivery of two new Cessna Citation XLSs. One is to be used for transporting government officials and the other for flight inspection work at the country’s airports. The flight inspection aircraft was fitted with an avionics package of hardware assembled by RVA Aerospace and installed by Kitchener Aero, both based in Ontario.
Shadin Avionics of St. Louis Park, Minn., has introduced an LRU that converts existing analog engine information for turboprop and turboshaft aircraft into a digital Arinc 429 format that can be displayed on EFIS avionics in lieu of mechanical instruments.
The FAA is making progress toward instituting a future Rnav and RNP (required navigation performance) environment across the National Airspace System (NAS), the agency told attendees at its recent annual new technologies workshop in Arlington, Va.
Revue Thommen, the Swiss instrument maker, last month opened a U.S. sales office in Addison, Texas, that company officials said will serve as the base of operations for a push into the business aviation market.
An airworthiness directive requiring replacement of Shadin ADC-2000 computers affects only aircraft owners with “Quick Start” models of the Chelton FlightLogic cockpit or those who participated in Alaska’s Capstone project. The AD, effective January 23, was prompted by the discovery of potential errors in some units that could cause them to display incorrect altitude information.
Autopilot maker S-Tec announced that it is now offering factory installations of its Magic 2100 digital autopilot and single-side EFIS in the King Air 90, Conquest I and Cheyenne I and II. Operators purchasing the autopilot will receive a “free glass cockpit” with no installation fees through the offer from S-Tec and its parent company, Meggitt.
Diamond’s Williams FJ33-powered D-Jet didn’t fly as planned in October, but the first flight appears to be right around the corner. According to Diamond North American president Peter Mauer, the proof-of-concept D-Jet (S/N 001) is nearing completion at Diamond’s London, Ontario facility and will roll out next month.