Sportsman’s Market (Booth 1357) is here in Orlando highlighting the various products offered by its many divisions, which range from the popular Sporty’s Pilot Shop to the company’s flight school–Sporty’s Flight Center–to airport management, avionics repair and installation, aircraft sales and a seemingly endless cornucopia of general aviation services. One of the products that has long been of interest to the business aviation market is the SP-400 portable radio, which now has a new screen that is easier to read in sunlight and a lower price of $349, down from $399.
Avionics manufacturer Avidyne of Lincoln, Mass., has extended its agreement with Duncan Aviation to include the Avidyne EX500 series of multifunction display (MFD). This makes Duncan Aviation the exclusive provider of repair services for the EX500, as well Avidyne’s first-generation Flight Situation Displays and early-model FlightMax MFDs
“We have had a great working relationship with Duncan Aviation and we are pleased to have Duncan as our worldwide repair center for our legacy MFD products,” Patrick Herguth, COO, Avidyne, said.
With the 1,500th enhanced vision system (EVS) recently delivered, Elbit Systems unveiled a number of developments as part of its ClearVision situational awareness enhancement range this week at NBAA 2014. Among the aims is to gain credits for landing with a 1,000-foot runway visual range (RVR), equating roughly to a 50-foot decision height.
FlightAware introduced a flight plan advisory service aimed at customers who are flying to countries where flight plans are not received automatically. Outside these areas, FlightAware’s new offering allows customers to input plans into an advisory service web page. When the aircraft sends ADS-B or datalink position information, the uploaded flight plan activates to allow worldwide flight tracking. For aircraft operating without a filed plan, FlightAware’s system can synthesize a flight plan based on positional data, allowing the tracking of these unscheduled operations.
With FBOs in Los Angeles and Seattle, Clay Lacy Aviation is expanding its avionics sales, installation and repair business and is currently engaged in two STC programs to offer future air navigation system (FANS) solutions for the Challenger 601-3A and -3R and for the Gulfstream GIV/IV-SP/V.
The work is being performed at Clay Lacy’s Van Nuys, Calif. facility and will be available through partner Universal Avionics’ authorized dealer network.
After the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31, 2019, all aircraft that fly in U.S. airspace anywhere transponders are required must carry equipment that meets the FAA’s automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B OUT) standard. The ADS-B OUT mandate is part not only of the FAA’s but many other countries’ plans to replace inaccurate and expensive radar surveillance systems with highly accurate, GPS-based ADS-B, which reports aircraft position, velocity and identification information to air traffic controllers and other aircraft.
Phoenix-based Honeywell Aerospace (Booth 2000) has introduced two new apps to support its avionics equipment for both pilots and maintainers.
Developed with input from its global customer committee, Pilot Gateway is a new website and mobile application that provides flight crew with access to training materials, manuals, videos and other resources for the Honeywell equipment on their particular aircraft type. The free app works on iOS and Android devices, and allows flight crew to submit questions to the flight technical services team and aerospace technical support.
Garmin has devised a stand-alone automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system that satisfies global ADS-B requirements, yet leverages existing avionics equipment to alleviate the need for expensive flight management system and cockpit display upgrades.
Yesterday at NBAA Pratt & Whitney Canada lifted the veil on its 16,000-pound-class PW800 engine, which has been selected to power the new Gulfstream G500 and G600 large-cabin business jets, thus finding a new application for its PurePower family. The engine manufacturer (Booth 3240) said that the PurePower engine brings major improvements in fuel burn and maintainability. The program is well advanced, as certification of the new turbofan is expected by year-end.
Esterline CMC Electronics is showing off its PilotView crew information system for the first time at NBAA 2014. Working in conjunction with the PilotView aircraft information server, the crew information system provides integrated cockpit connectivity, complete with a tablet interface. The system is compatible with the PilotView electronic flight bag.