Danish Hawker and Beech specialist Scandinavian Aircraft Technologies (ScanTech) is coordinating EASA approval of Garmin G1000 installations in King Air 90s and 200s. The first installation, performed in the U.S., has earned an EASA STC on a Norwegian King Air 200.
Avidyne is setting its sights on the lower echelon of the turbine business airplane market as part of a strategy by the Massachusetts avionics manufacturer to broaden the audience for its new Entegra R9 glass cockpit, introduced in the Cirrus SR22 and SR20 piston singles in April last year.
Star Navigation Systems Group is offering its newest version of the Star In-flight Safety Monitoring System (Star-ism). “Most people are familiar with the black box in airliners. It’s the nearly indestructible sealed recording device that assists investigators in determining the cause of an aircraft accident,” said Star CEO Viraf Kapadia.
Garmin ESP has a mind of its own
Some are calling it a kind of stick shaker for light airplanes. Others describe it as a hand-flying backup. Garmin calls
Supporting India's growing fleet of business aircraft has been the core activity for Indian maintenance, repair and overhaul group Air Works. Last year, the company became the country's first independent MRO to achieve certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The addition of the Honeywell Primus Apex integrated avionics system to the NG version of the venerable Pilatus PC-12 turboprop single has made an already solid airplane even better.
Sure, it’s fun to think about how far aviation–and in particular the avionics field–has come in the last 100 years. But the technology innovations of the last century will pale in comparison with what we’re likely to witness in the next 20 years, researchers predict.
Vista Aviation of Pacoima, Calif., has completed the first helicopter installation of the Avidyne EX600 multifunction display (MFD). The installation was completed in a Eurocopter AStar AS350B and approved under an FAA Form 337. “We have installed quite a few Avidyne MFDs and we were excited about being the first dealer to install an EX600 into a helicopter,” said Bill DeBarmore, Vista Aviation’s avionics manager.
The First Avidyne EX600 multifunction display (MFD) has been mounted in a helicopter. Vista Aviation in Pacoima, Calif., installed the unit in a Eurocopter AS350B under FAA Form 337. The installation included a traffic advisory system, color tactical lightning and a two-way datalink transceiver. Prices for the system range from $9,900 to $16,990 depending on options and interfaces selected.
Now that we’ve all gotten accustomed to acronyms like Rnav, RNP, LPV and all the others, the next big game changer will be TBO, for trajectory-based operations, sometimes loosely thought of as user-preferred trajectories. Oddly enough, trajectory flying was the fundamental technique used way back by pilots flying the mail in their biplanes and in early passenger operations.