The FAA issued Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) CE-11-16 to highlight an issue identified by Garmin that could affect aircraft flying certain instrument approaches.
Jet Aviation St. Louis (formerly Midcoast Aviation) has completed the first wide-area augmentation system (Waas) FMS installation in a Dassault Falcon 2000, and it did it under a basic FAA field approval rather than obtaining a full supplemental type certificate (STC).
JetTech of Littleton, Colo., said it is developing a glass-panel upgrade for the Cessna Citation 501/551 series based on the Garmin G600. The $62,900 upgrade kit will include the cockpit displays, an air-data interface unit, pre-cut instrument panel, pitot-static plumbing and fittings, wiring harness and solid-state AHRS, the company said. JetTech plans to begin installations once it has obtained the FAA STC for the installation.
Greenwich AeroGroup’s Western Aircraft and Universal Avionics announced a partnership to develop an avionics retrofit package for the Dassault Falcon 900B. The upgrade will replace 25 older instruments, aimed at improving reliability and situational awareness while reducing downtime. The suite will have five high-resolution Universal EFI-890R LED backlit LCD displays, including an engine indication unit that replaces analog instruments.
Garmin announced a program last month to offer its G1000 avionics system for retrofit installation in the King Air 300 and 350. With the completion of the STC, expected in the middle of next year, the G1000 cockpit will be available as a retrofit package for the King Air C90, 200, B200, 300 and 350 and the Cessna CitationJet. The G1000 retrofit configuration for the King Air 300 and 350 will feature two
Bell Helicopter announced last month that its new 429 light twin has been approved for precise wide area augmentation system (Waas) glidepath operations. The capability will allow the 429 to be flown to point-in-space approaches when the cloud ceiling is as low as 250 feet agl and to conduct steep (9 degrees) localizer precision with vertical guidance (LPV) approaches at a minimum velocity for instrument approaches (Vmini) of 45 knots.
Gulfstream has received FAA approval to add Waas functionality in the G150 as part of a final-phase manufacturing installation that adds an optional Waas-capable GPS receiver to the airplane. The Waas upgrade is also available for retrofit in G150s already in service.
Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) has begun scheduling wide area augmentation system (Waas) upgrades on Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21-equipped King Air 200/300s. This installation follows the introduction of the King Air C90GTi upgrade announced last March. According to an HBS spokesman, the King Air 200/300 Waas upgrade offers operational flexibility and cost savings associated with direct and curved area navigation (Rnav) routes.
A June editorial in GPS World magazine notes that ICAO’s marine equivalent, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), has endorsed eLoran as the backup to GPS. This echoed the unanimous view of GPS industry leaders, who advocate eLoran as the best solution for all users.
Bombardier and Honeywell have received a supplemental type certificate (STC) to install Primus Elite LCD cockpit upgrades on Global series business jets. The cockpit upgrade for the Global 5000, Global Express and Global Express XRS is available as a retrofit or, on new aircraft, as an option.