Following a certification and verification process, the European Commission approved the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (Egnos) “safety-of-life” service for aviation last Wednesday. Egnos is closely similar to, and compatible with, the U.S. Waas satellite-based augmentation system that corrects timing errors in GPS signals, making it more accurate.
Wide Area Augmentation System
Phoenix-based Accord Technologies is at Heli-Expo (Booth No. 7839) to acquaint OEMs, avionics developers and modification centers with its NexNav modular GPS receivers.
The company’s small, low-power receivers are available as circuit card assemblies (CCA) for avionics OEM hosting or as LRUs for aircraft installations. They will support ADS-B, all normal GPS procedures and precision approach requirements.
Accord’s NexNav technology is compatible with Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) including WAAS, European EGNOS, Japan’s MTSAT and GAGAN in India.
The Colombian Army has contracted with Indianapolis-based Eagle Creek Aviation Services for Grand Renaissance refurbishment of a Twin Commander 980 and a Twin Commander 1000. Eagle Creek told AIN the project will take about 11 months and more than 14,000 man-hours. Eagle Creek plans to deliver one aircraft in August and the other in the fourth quarter.
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).
Greenwich AeroGroup’s Western Aircraft and Universal Avionics announced a partnership last month at the NBAA Convention to develop an avionics retrofit package for the Dassault Falcon 900B. The cockpit upgrade will replace 25 older instruments, improving reliability and situational awareness while reducing downtime. The suite will have five high-resolution Universal EFI-890R LED backlit
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.
Constant Aviation, a division of Nextant Aerospace based at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, last month delivered its first Pro Line 21-upgraded Beechjet 400XP. The baseline price for the installed upgrade is $390,000, according to the company. Additional options include a fourth display, integrated flight information system with electronic charts, XM graphical weather and a Waas/LPV-capable FMS.
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
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport-based Constant Aviation has delivered its first retail Pro Line 21 upgraded Beechjet 400XP. Stephen Maiden, the MRO’s president, said Nextant Aerospace provided the engineering for the Rockwell Collins avionics suite upgrade. Constant Aviation is handling sales, installation and support. The baseline price for the installed upgrade is $390,000.