Elliott Aviation of Moline, Ill., has received an FAA STC RVSM group approval for the Beechjet 400 and MU-300 Diamond. The RVSM solution uses the Beechjet/Diamond’s native Honeywell avionics suite. A Honeywell AZ-252 advanced air-data computer, AM-250 barometric altimeter, BA-250 barometric altimeter display and AL-800 altitude preselector/alerter replace the existing non-compliant Honeywell air data/altimetry.
An AD for the Landmark 8000 terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS), manufactured by L-3 Communications Avionics Systems, corrects potential altitude errors. Technicians uncovered the problem after connecting a Landmark TAWS to the baro set voltage divider in a Citation 500 through its Honeywell BA-141 altimeter and AZ-241 air-data computer.
Avcon Industries of Olathe, Kan., has obtained group approval for its RVSM upgrade for the Learjet 24 and 25, including models with various wing modifications. The retail price of the modification is $156,975, including a functional test flight.
At press time, nothing was said to be finalized, but Rockwell Collins and Piaggio were working on a deal to offer Pro Line avionics in the Avanti, according to a spokesman for the Italian airframer. The turboprop twin currently has older Collins avionics.
Buoyed by strong sales of its RVSM cockpit equipment to airlines and business aircraft operators, Exton, Pa.-based Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) this year looks on pace to post record revenue and profits. While that’s certainly good news for the upstart avionics maker, it doesn’t mean that it is too soon to start questioning what the company will do for an encore.
Scientists and engineers at NASA’s Langley, Va., Research Center are evaluating the integration of a number of separate systems and techniques which, when combined, could achieve significant safety improvements in the approach and landing phase.
Citation operators this summer can expect to receive Service Bulletins to address European TCAS/ ACAS and upgraded mode-S transponder requirements going into effect early next year.
Pilatus Aircraft last month announced that the warranty period for all Honeywell avionics installed in new Pilatus PC-12s has been extended from two to three years. The new warranty benefit is applicable starting with PC-12 S/N 482 and covers standard Honeywell equipment, including the EFIS 40 displays; KFC 325 autopilot; KLN 90B GPS; RDR 2000 weather radar; and KC 165A navcom.
BAE Systems is out and a number of new suppliers are in, according to Eclipse Aviation officials, who announced the signing of long-term contracts with six additional vendors for the avionics and digital automatic flight controls on the Eclipse 500 after reshuffling the original supplier team.
Compliance with the ICAO requirement for aircraft on virtually all extended international operations to be equipped with an automatic 406-MHz ELT leads off a
full dozen equipment compliance requirements over the next year. Those who follow our monthly “Compliance Countdown” column will notice this month a sea of items highlighted in red. This means compliance with the requirements for these items comes due in the next 12 months.