Capital Aviation in Bethany, Okla., has completed installation of Universal Avionics’ EFI-890 EFIS, including elements of the Vision 1 synthetic-vision system, in a Gulfstream III, the installer announced last month. The cockpit retrofit included the addition of four eight- by nine-inch displays, a Universal terrain awareness and warning system and upgrades to the FMS.
Gulfstream last month took a big step toward obtaining approval for the synthetic-vision primary flight display (SV-PFD) and upgraded enhanced-vision system (EVS II) in its top models by concluding several months of flight testing and handing over to the FAA reams of certification documentation.
Aspen Avionics earlier this week told customers that it has been forced to delay initial deliveries of its Evolution primary flight display (PFD) until March due to unexpected problems with environmental qualification testing.
Erickson Air-Crane is giving its star heavy lifter, the S-64 Aircrane, a makeover. The company is gradually retrofitting the 19 aircraft in its fleet with new-generation cockpit displays, attitude/heading reference systems (AHRS) and three-axis autopilots.
Operators who have ordered a Citation Mustang very light jet don’t have to wait for an aircraft or a simulator to familiarize themselves with the aircraft’s avionics, the Garmin G1000 integrated EFIS.
The new breed of very light jets (VLJs) now under development could turn out to be the biggest catalyst for business aviation growth since Bill Lear’s halcyon days in Wichita. But with cost, reliability and ease of use foremost in the minds of VLJ developers, the digital cockpit systems in these pintsize business jets of tomorrow will be unlike anything most pilots have seen.
While Gulfstream’s and Dassault’s top models are breaking the traditional mold with their advanced integrated cockpits, the Challenger 605 Bombardier introduced at the NBAA Convention last fall also features one of the more notable flight decks among in-development business airplanes.
Garmin last month said it has gained its first STC covering installation of a retrofit version of the G1000 avionics system. Approved in the King Air C90A/GT, the G1000 suite integrates primary flight information, navigation data, communications, terrain awareness, traffic, weather and engine instruments on a 15-inch-diagonal multifunction display and two 10.4-inch primary flight displays.
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.
Garmin received FAA STC approval to install G1000 avionics retrofits in the Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90A/GT. The $350,000 retrofit (uninstalled) results in a weight saving of approximately 100 pounds. Notably, this is Garmin’s first G1000 retrofit STC, and it paves the way for future G1000 retrofit installations such as the King Air 200 and B200, a program Garmin announced in September at the NBAA Convention.