Garmin launched a G5000 avionics modernization program for the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP, targeted for FAA STC approval in 2015, that will be available at certain Garmin dealers. The company estimates that the glass cockpit retrofit for the light twinjet will cost between $450,000 and $500,000 installed. In addition to modernizing the flight deck, the new avionics package is lighter and thus raises the jet’s useful load by 200 pounds.
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Gulfstream Aerospace celebrated two milestones yesterday, August 14–the 55th anniversary of the GI’s first flight in 1958 and the 10th anniversary of the G550’s FAA certification in 2003. Powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce Dart turboprops, the GI was the first aircraft specifically designed and built for business travel, the company noted.
Bristow Academy, a division of Bristow Group, has introduced into service its first four Robinson R44 training helicopters with Garmin 500H glass cockpits with dual 6.5-inch LCDs.
Elliott Aviation is installing its 100th King Air Garmin G1000 retrofit. In addition to the Garmin retrofit, the King Air B200 will receive new engines from Blackhawk, full paint, full interior, Raisbeck modifications, BLR winglets, LumaTech LED annunciator panels and Frakes exhaust.
Technicians at Ruag Aviation’s facility in Geneva, Switzerland, have completed the company’s first EASy II avionics upgrade in a Falcon 900EX. The EASy flight deck is based on Honeywell’s Primus Epic avionics system. The EASy II upgrade was done during a scheduled A/A+ check and includes Honeywell’s SmartView synthetic vision system (SVS) with HUD symbology displayed on the PFDs.
The new HeliSure systems introduced by Rockwell Collins aren’t just synthetic vision system (SVS) and terrain awareness and warning system (Taws) for helicopters but “a family of technologies that are going to provide solutions for helicopter cockpits,” according to Dan Toy, principal marketing manager for the company’s rotary wing business. The first products are HSVS and H-Taws and will be fitted to new AgustaWestland AW149s, AW189s, AW101s and AW169s.
Gulfstream Aerospace’s enhanced vision system (EVS) II and head-up display (HUD) II for the G280 are now FAA certified, the company announced late last week. Combined, the systems–which are integrated with the G280’s Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion-based PlaneView280 avionics–allow pilots to see terrain, runways, taxiways and possible obstructions in low-visibility conditions.
Flight training provider FlightSafety International will manufacture the first interchangeable full-flight simulator for the Beechcraft King Air 350 and B200 turboprops. Expected to enter service next year at the company’s learning center in Wichita, the Garmin G1000-based simulator will include synthetic vision, Chartview with Jeppesen charts, Taws, electronic stability and protection, operational weather radar traffic advisory system and datalink weather through XM Satellite.
Bombardier’s new Challenger 350 will feature an upgraded flight deck, the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Advanced system, which will also be available as a retrofit on Challenger 300s. New capabilities include synthetic vision, Fans 1/A, ADS-B out, CPDLC, RNP basic and authorization required and LPV guidance. The Rockwell Collins MultiScan threat-detection system radar will also be available for both the Challenger 300 and 350. MultiScan reduces pilot workload by automatically identifying weather and turbulence.
A new set of FAA regulations signals the agency’s intent to make installation of an enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) far more worthwhile and less burdensome, with new capabilities such as flight to touchdown in below-minimums visibilities, dispatch to below-minimums airports for commercial operators and a framework for certification that eliminates the need for special conditions.