The Piper Meridian turboprop single will soon receive a production-line upgrade to Avidyne’s Entegra cockpit as a replacement for the airplane’s original Meggitt avionics, the Vero Beach, Fla.-based airplane manufacturer announced last month. The flight-deck change for the Meridian puts Avidyne aboard almost the entire Piper line-up after the lightplane maker earlier brought optional glass Entegra systems to several of its piston models.
Peter Mauer, president of Diamond Aircraft’s North American division, last month said components of the single-engine Diamond D-Jet were taking shape in anticipation of an October first flight. At press time, the fuselage, wing spars and skins, and vertical fin and horizontal tail for the first nonconforming prototype were complete at Diamond’s Wiener Neustadt, Austria headquarters.
Frasca’s newest flight training device, the Mentor, is being billed by the Urbana, Ill. company as one of the few devices capable of replicating the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit.
It was a close race, but in the end Brazilian airplane builder Embraer chose the Garmin G1000 avionics system for the company’s in-development very light jet and light jet, now known officially as the Phenom 100 and 300.
First flight of Diamond Aircraft’s D-Jet has apparently slipped from this past October to sometime next year, according to the company’s Web site. A Diamond spokesman did not return repeated telephone calls seeking a reason for the delay in the very light jet’s progress. One press report from the AOPA Convention last month quoted a company representative saying that the D-Jet would fly in March.
Marking an important milestone on the Eclipse 500’s development path, Meggitt last month delivered the first flight-ready autopilot hardware to Eclipse Aviation in Albuquerque, N.M.
First came glass cockpits for light piston airplanes, and now there is a Frasca flight-training device (FTD) for pilots who want to learn to use the new breed of avionics.
John and Martha King this month plan to take the wraps off a new online training course developed for pilots transitioning from traditional instruments to the Garmin G1000 integrated cockpit. The course will include about four hours of video with interactive quizzes at the end of each training session.
Quest Aircraft selected the Garmin G1000 as the standard avionics for its under-development Kodiak, a 10-seat STOL turboprop single scheduled to be certified in the first half of next year. The G1000 avionics system has been certified in a variety of piston airplanes and has also been selected by Cessna for the Citation Mustang very light jet. Meanwhile, Quest has opened its 57,000-sq-ft Kodiak production facility in Sandpoint, Idaho.
As it usually does, news from the cockpit avionics front featured prominently at the Aircraft Electronics Association’s annual convention, held this year April 27 to 30 in Grapevine, Texas. Manufacturers showed off their latest cockpit wares at the primarily dealer-attended event, from full glass flight decks to boxes designed to add capability to the glass displays.