Despite some distressing recent accidents, the level of safety in the ranks of professionally flown aircraft has never been better, and it is likely that modern avionics have a lot to do with that. Although discussions about too much cockpit automation inevitably crop up in relation to these accidents, the pace of technological change in cockpit avionics has accelerated, and avionics manufacturers continue to focus their engineers toward new designs and ways for pilots to interact with the increasingly complex aircraft that they fly.
Pilots all over the world are probably sick of hearing that “ADS-B is coming,” but the fact is that some countries already require ADS-B capability, and other countries’ deadlines are rapidly approaching. ADS-B equipage needs to remain prominent in pilots’ consciousness because avionics shops need time to certify ADS-B out installations and time to complete the installations. A rough estimate by Cessna’s product support organization, just for the U.S.
Garmin’s eLearning online training for the G5000 flight deck blazes a trail in avionics tuition, combining elements of voice-guided demonstration followed by hands-on practice. AIN tested the demo version of the full G5000 Essentials course, which is a portion of the full G5000 eLearning program. The entire G5000 eLearning course costs $699 for a 180-day subscription.
Aspen Avionics signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the NextGen GA Fund, a public-private partnership that will provide up to $1.3 billion in financing over the next 10 years for NextGen avionics upgrades in general aviation (GA) aircraft. The MoU provides the framework for Aspen and the fund to work together to promote the rollout of NextGen to the GA community.
Banyan Air Service will host a free NextGen seminar next Thursday at its Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport headquarters. It will include hands-on experience using the equipment that meets the North Atlantic Fans-1/A mandates and the European mandate for Link 2000+, as well as a live demonstration of controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC). In addition, the seminar will outline the benefits of ADS-B/C and Fans-1/A under FAA NextGen. Attendees must register at Banyan’s website.
Elliott Aviation has received FAA STC certification for the Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics MD302 standby attitude module as part of its Garmin G1000 avionics upgrade in King Airs. The MD302 provides attitude, altitude, airspeed and slip information to the pilot during normal operation or in the case of primary instrument failure, enhancing system reliability and reducing pilot workload. The compact, self-contained, solid-state instrument fits in less panel space than a standard set of two-inch mechanical attitude, altitude and airspeed indicators.
The FAA plans to clarify, but not change, its Part 25.1329h design considerations for manufacturers of aircraft low-speed alerting and protection devices.
F-35 test pilots will begin flying this year with a third-generation helmet mounted display system (HMDS) that incorporates modifications to the earlier-generation display system, which the Pentagon has identified as an F-35 program risk.
NobileSoft, a software company created by a helicopter pilot, has joined forces with independent research company Sintef to bring to market a new GPS-based powerline warning system for low-flying aircraft. Collisions often occur when aircraft fly at low levels on power- or pipeline patrols.
Remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) manufacturer General Atomics says it has successfully tested sense-and-avoid architecture and self-separation functionality that could be the key to keeping piloted aircraft and RPAs apart in the air. The recent test marked the first time the technology has functioned as a true “system of systems” to detect every class of aircraft equipage, and it paves the way for a due regard capability, that ability to avoid aircraft, objects and weather.