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.
Pilots checking out the flight deck of the Eclipse 500 may notice something missing. The very light jet has no traditional standby instruments. That’s because they’re incorporated into the machine’s 15-inch multifunction display, which itself sits between the left and right PFDs. The standby data–airspeed, attitude, altitude and heading–appear on a compact four-inch square display, replicating the larger PFDs.
Avidyne used the stage at Sun ’n’ Fun in Lakeland, Fla., last month to launch a suite of datalink services for general aviation. The new FlightCenter services announced at the show are intended to provide flight tracking and two-way text messaging to operators flying with Avidyne avionics.
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.
Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S), an Exton, Pa. company that has been active in designing and providing RVSM upgrade kits for business aircraft and, more recently, electronic flight displays for a variety of military and cargo aircraft, announced its first formal electronic flight display retrofit project for business airplanes.
Kollsman, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems of Israel, has introduced a low-cost head-up display and integrated glass cockpit concept that the company said could give thousands of general aviation pilots a new way of looking at their world. The products the Merrimack, N.H. company has in mind could be certified and in production within two years.
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.
Thales is in Dallas celebrating the first selection by a U.S. helicopter OEM of its TopDeck integrated avionics system, on the Sikorsky S-76D.
The French avionics house has achieved a significant position on other manufacturers’ product lines as well. This week, prominent at its Booth No. 1269 on the Heli-Expo’06 exhibit floor is a dynamic simulation of the latest TopDeck architecture.
FH1100 Manufacturing Corp. of Century, Fla., has selected an EFIS cockpit from Chelton Flight Systems (Booth No. 2821) as standard equipment on all new 2006 Model FH1100 helicopters. The Chelton FlightLogic system will also be available for retrofit on FH1100 helicopters produced before this year.
Bell Helicopter has selected Chelton Flight Systems to provide a synthetic-vision EFIS cockpit for the 407 program. The contract has a potential value of more than $100 million.
Bell claims to be the first OEM to offer synthetic vision for all its light and medium single-engine models. Plans call for Chelton equipment to become the “preferred” system offered for the 206B JetRanger, 206L LongRanger and the new 210.