Top executives of Elliott Aviation enthused at an NBAA 2002 press conference Monday about a number of new developments of the venerable family-owned corporate sales and technical services company, not the least of which is the rapidly approaching opening of its new completion center at Quad Cities Airport in Moline, Ill.
Electronic Flight Instrument System
Goodrich Corp. announced this week receipt of TSO and STC approvals for its LandMark terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS), which has been selected by Cessna as a special equipment option aboard the CJ1 and CJ2.
The latest capability offered to owners and operators of Twin Commander models is the Meggitt Magic (Meggitt Avionics new Generation Integrated Cockpit) electronic flight instrumentation system (EFIS).
Meggitt Avionics is to provide its Magic electronic flight information system (EFIS) as part of a retrofit program for the Raytheon King Air C90 twin-turboprop. The new generation avionics suite will also be based on Honeywell’s Bendix/King KFC 250 three-axis autopilot. Available as options will be Honeywell’s IHAS 8000 integrated hazard avoidance system and datalink weather system.
A third super-midsize Continental last month entered flight testing with a 1 hr 53 min flight from Bombardier’s Wichita Flight Test Center. The aircraft is dedicated mostly to avionics testing, including the autopilot, yaw damper, flight management system, EFIS and Eicas. As of December 6, the first Continental had flown 136 hr on 54 flights since August 14.
Honeywell is on the verge of gaining FAA certification approval for retrofit versions of its Primus Epic integrated avionics suite. Targeting older medium and heavy business jets, Primus Epic CDS/R (control display system/retrofit) has been developed to transform steam-gauge-driven dinosaurs into state-of-the-art hot rods capable of meeting airspace operating requirements for the next decade or more.
Honeywell introduced two new collision avoidance and ground proximity warning systems intended for light to medium turbines airplanes. Both the KTA 970 TCAS I and KMH 980 TCAS I/Class B TAWS are TSO’d and capable of tracking up to 60 aircraft and displaying as many as 30 aircraft at ranges up to 40 nm. The KTA 970 lists for $25,752 and the KMH 980 lists for $32,992. The new units are designed to interface with standard EFIS and TCAS displays.
Yesterday at Heli-Expo Booth No. 2231, Enstrom signed contracts for a 480B for delivery to Aero Inter of the Dominican Republic, and another copy for Aerolineas Ejecutivas (ALE), the fourth such Enstrom in as many months.
Texas Aviation Services, a helicopter completions specialist with a 140,000-sq-ft facility in Fort Worth, Texas, said it has completed and delivered an executive Eurocopter EC 120B Colibri to a private customer.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has awarded a competitive bid for completion of six Eurocopters to Metro Aviation, working from a new main facility near the Shreveport Downtown Airport in Louisiana. Metro Aviation, in its first work for the state of Texas, beginning this month will complete five “green” AS 350B2s and one new EC 145.