The Avidyne Entegra avionics system–particularly the revolutionary left-side primary flight display (PFD)–is new territory for most piston pilots. Recently TSO’d, it’s a $26,500 option on the 310-hp Cirrus SR22. The large (10.4-inch diagonal) display shows airspeed and altitude on vertical tapes usually found in the front office of a jet.
The Bombardier board of directors has approved the appointment of Pierre Beaudoin as president and CEO. His father, Laurent Beaudoin, has served as chairman for nearly 30 years and will remain in the position.
Harrods Aviation customer services director Kate Bayes has been appointed acting CEO. She replaces chief executive Steve Grimes, who left the company in mid-November.
Training was not forgotten amid the multibillion-dollar aircraft and MRO deals various Dubai organizations signed at the Dubai Airshow in November.
Dubai World Central (DWC) Aviation City signed a land lease agreement with Spatial Aviation Safety Training Academy (Sasta) to establish the Middle East’s first independent aviation safety training academy.
UK aerospace and defense firm Cobham’s decision to buy autopilot maker S-Tec from Meggitt for $38 million could signal the emergence of a revitalized competitor in the market for integrated GA avionics systems.
The new breed of very light jets (VLJs) now under development could turn out to be the biggest catalyst for business aviation growth since Bill Lear’s halcyon days in Wichita. But with cost, reliability and ease of use foremost in the minds of VLJ developers, the digital cockpit systems in these pintsize business jets of tomorrow will be unlike anything most pilots have seen.
Reflecting on a “tough year” for Innovative Solutions & Support, company officials nonetheless said they are confident that the Avio NG cockpit for the Eclipse 500 will be certified before year-end. An ongoing software development delay quashed any hopes of the Exton, Pa. company receiving payments from Eclipse for flat-panel displays and other Avio NG hardware this fiscal year, resulting in revenue targets falling short of expectations.
Wall Street analysts now say the proposed merger between XM Satellite Radio and Sirius should have little difficulty winning approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of Justice. That could spell trouble for buyers of aviation weather datalink gear.
When I was shopping for an affordable (that means “old”) Bonanza, one of the mods that I really wanted was a “center stack” panel. V-tails of my vintage came from the factory with 1950s automobile-style panels. All the heading, attitude, airspeed and altitude data was there, but you had to hunt for it and then pull it all together in your mind’s eye.
Following the same successful road map that has served the company since its founding in 1989, Garmin International has secured a milestone contract to supply the integrated avionics system aboard Cessna’s newest business twinjet, the $2.3 million Citation Mustang.
The annual avionics trade show hosted by the Aircraft Electronics Association is a good place to get the lowdown on emerging industry trends and try out the latest cockpit and cabin gear from an array of manufacturers and suppliers.