SimCom Training Centers has added Falcon 20 and Westwind II full-flight simulators and a King Air 350 Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 flight-training device to its menu of training programs. The two level-C simulators and the FTD will be located here in Orlando.
Aerosim Technologies might not be a name familiar to most business aircraft pilots who train in full-motion simulators, but pilots who need to learn how to use an FMS have probably used an Aerosim FMS trainer. Now Aerosim (Booth No. 2085) is developing Virtual Procedures Trainers for business aircraft, which enable training in cockpit procedures at a much lower cost than a full simulator or flight-training device.
Any safety expert who wants to improve accident statistics could learn a lot by observing the Mitsubishi MU-2 situation. Since the issuance of the final rule outlining special training regulations for MU-2 pilots, there has been only one accident, and that was nonfatal. This contrasts markedly with the MU-2’s accident history before the enactment of the special FAR (SFAR).
At EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., this week, Avidyne introduced its new low-cost FMS400, which provides flight management system functionality but without WAAS precision approach capability. Like the WAAS-capable FMS900w, the FMS400 includes Avidyne’s GeoFill and FMSVectors functions; the FMS can later be upgraded to an FMS900w if desired. The FMS900w includes an FMS keyboard, which is optional on the FMS400.
Socata TBM 700, Clovis, N.M., Dec. 22, 2008–The Board ruled that the pilot’s failure to complete the before-landing checklist led to his failure to lower the gear. The gear-up landing substantially damaged the single-engine turboprop. The pilot was using the autopilot for a straight-in approach to the non-towered airport’s Runway 22.
Cessna 510 Mustang, Carlsbad, Calif., April 19, 2008–According to the NTSB, the probable cause of the Mustang’s runway overshoot was the pilot’s misjudgment
of speed and distance. Factors were his failure to follow the autopilot preflight test- fail checklist and his distraction with a flickering primary flight display screen.
Approaching McClellan-Palomar Airport, the pilot selected vertical speed mode
Avidyne used last month’s Sun ’n’ Fun show in Lakeland, Fla., to announce FAA certification of the Entegra Release 9 avionics system. Avidyne said TSO approval for the Entegra Release 9 suite opens the door for retrofits of the cockpit into existing Cirrus SR20s and SR22s.
JetTech, a Colorado specialist in designing and obtaining STCs for RVSM and panel modernization, is at Booth No. 4960 to publicize its glass-cockpit STC for pre-serial number 275 Cessna Citation 500s as well as RVSM retrofit certifications for the Piper Cheyenne 400LS and Cheyenne IIIA.
Jet Works Air Center in Denton, Texas, is hoping many of those operating the more than 200 Bombardier Learjet 31s flying today will stop by the company’s booth (No. 5186) to talk about the proposed replacement of 1960s vintage gimbaled directional and vertical gyros with the Rockwell Collins AHS-3000S solid-state attitude and heading reference systems (AHRS).
S-Tec (Booth No. 2293) has approved Sandel Avionics (Booth No. 4642) SA4550 primary attitude display for use with S-Tec’s System 55, 55X, 60-2 and 65
autopilots following successful flight testing.