Looking ahead to technologies that likely will be commonplace in tomorrow’s business jet cockpits, Rockwell Collins has introduced a GPS receiver with WAAS (wide-area augmentation system) capability and a new traffic surveillance system that can host ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) applications.
Last month, Colorado-based Aviation Technology Group (Booth No. 3800) selected Oregon-based Op Technologies as the primary avionics system supplier for its two-seat Javelin executive jet. The system incorporates a three-unit integrated display system in the forward and aft cockpits and a multifunction control and display unit in the top center of the instrument panel.
Cessna 425 Conquest I, Lone Tree, Colo., Aug. 13, 2005–The NTSB determined that the cause of the accident was the pilot’s failure to properly execute the published instrument approach procedure.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Parker, Colo., Aug. 4, 2005–Making an instrument approach to Centennial Airport, near Denver, MU-2 N454MA crashed in night instrument conditions. The instrument-rated commercial pilot, the sole occupant, was killed and the airplane, registered to and operated by Flight Line of Watkins, Colo., was destroyed. The cargo flight was on an instrument flight plan from Salt Lake City.
L-3 Avionics Systems (Booth No. 4299) is featuring its electronic standby instrument system (ESIS), including the GH-3000 attitude/air data and EHSI-4000 horizontal situation electronic indicators, which will be added to Cessna’s upgraded Citation XLS+. The Citation XLS+ joins the Citation Sovereign in offering the GH-3000 and EHSI-4000 standby indicators.
Now that refurbishment of the Falcon 900 is finished and the jet is back in service, the experience for the owner and managers of the airplane can probably best be summed up thus: “The end result will be enjoyed long after the trials and tribulations of the journey have been forgotten.”
For anyone dealing with shrinking space on an instrument panel, Mid-Continent Instruments (Booth No. 2655) offers a small suggestion: a new two-inch course deviation indicator (CDI), which the company is unveiling here at the 2006 NBAA Convention.
Chelton Flight Systems (Booth No. 5184) and Kollsman, Inc. (Booth No. 3047) have announced a collaboration to combine Chelton’s synthetic-vision EFIS and Kollsman’s general aviation vision system (GAViS) technologies in products that will target a market ranging from light trainers to small and medium-size business aircraft.
Northeast Airmotive of Portland, Maine, is seeking approval to install the Shadin Avionics ADC-8000 RSVM solution as the Group B equipment provider. The Shadin system is designed for the Cessna Citation 500 with the Bendix autopilot now installed. The ADC-8000 provides commands to the flight director and the autopilot via the AC flight director module, and is compatible with the Chelton Flight Systems synthetic-vision EFIS.
What if you had an electronic flight bag (EFB) that doubles as a backup multifunction display with airspeed, altimeter, attitude and heading indicators in case your glass-panel cockpit goes completely dark on a stormy night?