It’s certainly a comforting feeling, watching the avionics techs remove old black boxes from your airplane and replace them with the latest units on the market. You’ll now enjoy much better performance, vastly improved reliability, great warranty support and the latest technology that money can buy–but not for long.
The number of GPS-based wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) instrument approach procedures in the U.S. has surpassed the number of ILS approaches in the country, according to the FAA. “This is clearly a turning point for aviation and the way pilots navigate,” the agency noted in a statement announcing the milestone.
NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey last month said it incorporated 43 new GPS tracking sites into the continuously operating reference station (CORS) network, including 13 sites established by the FAA as part of its wide area augmentation system (WAAS). Four of the new WAAS sites are located in Alaska, four in Canada and five in Mexico. The network now consists of more than 1,200 sites worldwide.
Innovative Solutions & Support has successfully flown autopilot-coupled lateral precision with vertical guidance (LPV) approaches in the company Pilatus PC-12 and it expects FAA certification in about 60 to 90 days.
Sandel Avionics is adding new WAAS approach annunciations to its 4-ATI electronic primary navigation display, the SN4500, with a software update available next month. The Vista, Calif. manufacturer of plug-and-play EFIS replacements for legacy electromechanical attitude-director and horizontal situation indicators said the SN4500 will then annunciate the type of WAAS approach that is armed.
Honeywell announced flight management system software upgrades for its FMZ-2000 and Primus Epic systems that will provide advanced GPS-enabled route and approach capabilities, including access to congested airspace and oceanic airways. The Version 6.1 FMS software upgrade will apply to aircraft with the FMZ-2000, while Version 7.1 enhances the Primus Epic suite.
Elm Creek Partners has acquired avionics and navigation system supplier FreeFlight Systems (Booth No. 1481). The new executive management team, led by CEO Tim Taylor and COO Robert Schneier, assumed responsibility July 15.
Lakeland, Fla.-based Gulf Coast Avionics announced it has completed its first installation of a Garmin G600 retrofit package. The glass avionics suite was installed in a Twin Commander 690C turboprop, the first of four the company has scheduled for modification along with a Cessna 402. The aircraft required the design and fabrication of new panels for both the pilot and copilot stations to accommodate the comprehensive upgrade.
As of September 25, the number of GPS-based wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) instrument approach procedures in the U.S. surpassed the number of ILS approaches. “This is clearly a turning point for aviation and the way pilots navigate,” the FAA said in a statement announcing the milestone.
Canadian electronics manufacturer Guardian Mobility Co. (Booth No. 1165) has received FAA STC approval for installation of the company’s Skytrax 3X GPS tracking system in Bell 205A, 205A-1, 212, 214B and 214B-1 helicopters.