Sierra Industries of Uvalde, Texas, received STC’d approval for installation of Garmin G1000 avionics in Cessna Citation 501s. Developed in cooperation with Garmin, the STC allows installation of the three-screen digital flight deck suite in all 501s.
Bell Helicopter announced at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas that it has received FAA certification for its new $2.865-million, single-engine 407GX, equipped with Garmin G1000H glass panel avionics. Bell announced the helicopter at Heli-Expo in February and received Transport Canada certification earlier this year.
While celebrating its 75th year at NBAA ’11, Elliott Aviation is also celebrating an end to the longest and deepest recession in the industry’s history and the beginning of new opportunities.
The Quest Kodiak turboprop single is going upscale. Quest Aircraft is displaying an aircraft at the NBAA static display with an executive interior installed by St. Paul, Minn.-based Wipaire, a Kodiak factory-authorized service center. Quest also is soliciting design input at the show for another factory-installed executive interior offering called Summit that it plans to unveil next year.
Owners of Daher-Socata TBM 700 turboprops can now retrofit their panels with Garmin’s G1000 integrated flight deck. The retrofit, available for both A and B models of the TBM 700, includes two 10.4-inch PFDs and one 15-inch MFD and GFC 700 automatic flight control system. Buyers can opt for Garmin’s synthetic vision technology. The retrofit received supplemental type certification from the EASA and FAA validation of the EASA STC.
AvConnect has introduced a new service that downloads the data–more than 70 data points per second–stored by Garmin G1000 avionics systems. The data can be viewed by the aircraft owner or operator or shared with mechanics and maintenance providers or aircraft and component manufacturers. AvConnect uses the gathered data to populate its primary products, including pilot logbooks, aircraft maintenance tracking systems and aircraft tax records.
Marenco Swiss Helicopter holds letters of intent for just a dozen copies of its SKYe SH09 light single helicopter but has already outlined plans to build 80 to 100 aircraft per year. The company, based in Niederurnen near Zurich, claims it has enough funding for development through certification, pegged for 2014. The first customer delivery is anticipated to follow the next year.
Europe’s still-fledgling entry-level charter jet market is showing some positive signs of growth, according to leading operators and analysts.
The European Aviation Safety Agency has approved Avidyne’s EX600 multi-function display (MFD) under a technical standard order issued in April. The displays incorporate the company’s latest map panning, CMax approach charts and worldwide airport diagrams, as well as European datalink graphical weather.
Embraer has resigned itself to a slower rate recovery for the business aviation market, further downgrading its anticipated delivery rates for 2011 compared with those envisaged by the forecast it issued last year. In March, the Brazilian airframer revised its output projections, indicating that total bizjet deliveries for the whole industry could dip this year by as many as 50 units less than the 2010 total of 763.