Elliott Aviation has applied for an STC for installation of a flat-panel cockpit upgrade for the Cessna Citation 650, the Moline, Ill. installer announced last month. The upgrade replaces electromechanical and CRT-based EFIS flight instruments with a Universal 890R instrument suite featuring eight- by nine-inch displays.
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Twin Commander Aircraft has received an STC for three RVSM equipment packages for the turboprop twin series. One package comprises dual Meggitt Magic EFIS installations; another package consists of a dual digital altimeter and autopilot interface; and the third option is a hybrid composed of a pilot-side Magic EFIS and IS&S digital altimeter on the copilot’s side.
Chelton Flight Systems of Boise, Idaho, has received FAA certification for installations of its FlightLogic EFIS avionics in a number of Part 23 airplanes, including the Beech King Air 350, Cessna CitationJet, Learjet 23 and the Merlin/Metro turboprop. Chelton last year received STC approval for installation of the FlightLogic displays in the Cessna Citation 501.
Chelton Flight Systems announced completion of the STC for the company’s FlightLogic synthetic-vision EFIS in the Cessna Citation 501.
Kitchener Aero has delivered its first Eurocopter EC 120 with upgraded avionics and special-mission modifications. The factory-new helicopter was flown directly to Kitchener, Ontario. Most visible now are the two Sagem ICDS-8 EFIS flight displays. Another feature is a downward-facing camera, images from which can be shown on the multifunction display. The modification project began in June and concluded in August.
The FAA last month granted Innovative Solutions & Support an STC for installation of the company’s 10-inch displays in the Pilatus PC-12. Like its previous PC-12 approval for installation of two 15-inch display units, IS&S’s latest STC includes TCAS, TAWS and RVSM compatibility.
Elliott Aviation is working on a Universal Avionics 890R EFIS installation for the Falcon 10/100. STCs for the EFIS and additional avionics are expected by the end of September, after which Elliott will apply for EASA certification. Installations can be performed at any of Elliott’s facilities, but if paint or interior work is needed, installations will have to be done at the company’s Moline, Ill. shop.
Heli-Dyne Systems has sold a new Bell 206BIII JetRanger to Duke University for use as an environmental observation platform.
Dr. Roni Avissar, chairman of the university’sdepartment of civil and environmental engineering, plans to use the helicopter to study air pollution and climate change.
While buyers will undoubtedly welcome the switch in the Piper Meridian from previous Meggitt Magic avionics to the more capable Avidyne Entegra system, an unintended side effect of the supplier change could turn out to be the fits of jealousy it causes among current Meridian owners.
The amateur-built market has been a crucible for avionics development for decades. The word “experimental” on the airframe often also applies to the panel. It was, after all, a homebuilder who first tried out a loran receiver from a bass boat in his airplane and adapted it for aerial navigation.