Flight management systems have never been considered simple pieces of equipment, but the technology is quickly evolving beyond basic navigation and performance functionality to include a host of new capabilities that hold the promise of changing the way pilots fly for the better.
Avionics makers today unveiled a host of new products at the Aircraft Electronics Association Convention in Grapevine, Texas, providing a hopeful sign that the general aviation industry can brush off the effects of a bad economy. Aircell caused the biggest stir at a well attended new products introduction session this morning by announcing that its Axxess-compatible in-flight broadband system for business jets will be available in July.
Avidyne is close to certifying its latest avionics system, known as Entegra Release 9 and featuring high-resolution displays and the company’s next- generation FMS900w flight management system. The new cockpit will be available initially as an upgrade for Cirrus owners, with retrofit and OEM programs for other airplanes to follow.
Pilots who have grown accustomed to flying with up-to-the- minute weather graphics and information broadcast to the cockpit through the XM or Sirius satellite radio services are probably aware that the companies successfully completed their “merger of equals” last year. The deal created a combined entity called Sirius XM Radio Inc.
It didn’t take long for competitors to introduce synthetic-vision system (SVS) avionics enhancements after Garmin last spring removed the cloak of secrecy from its long-anticipated synthetic-vision technology (SVT) upgrade for the G1000 avionics system.
Avidyne last month began shipping the first production versions of the MLX770 two-way datalink transceiver after receiving FAA technical standard order (TSO) approval earlier in the month. The MLX770 is intended to bring “affordable and comprehensive worldwide datalink weather services” to the general aviation market.
Avidyne is offering an extended warranty plan called FlexCare, available for one-, two- or three-year terms after the original two-year warranty expires. Coverage is the same as provided by the original warranty, including parts, labor, dealer removal and installation and calibration charges as well as Avidyne’s platinum exchange and advanced exchange services for expedited return to service and in- and outbound shipping on exchanges.
With the opening of a new 10,800-sq-ft avionics facility, all of Wisconsin Aviation’s maintenance operations at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison are consolidated in one set of buildings called the Technical Service Complex.
AAI Acquisition, which bought the assets of bankrupt Adam Aircraft in April, now has about 200 employees and says that design, manufacture and test activities have resumed for the A700 very light jet. The company is backed by Russian investment firm Industrial Investors/Kaskol, which is injecting capital as the company reaches certain milestones.
AAI Acquisition (Booth No. 3383), which acquired the assets of bankrupt Adam Aircraft in April, now has about 200 employees and announced that design, manufacture and test activities have resumed for the A700 very light jet.