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
Wide Area Augmentation System
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.
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.
Honeywell received FAA TSO approval last month to start deliveries of an FMS software upgrade that provides advanced GPS-enabled approaches and access to Future Air Navigation System (Fans) routes in congested airspace and on oceanic airways. With the approval, Honeywell’s FMS 6.1 software upgrade can be installed in approximately 600 business aircraft equipped with the Honeywell FMZ-2000 flight-management system.
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.
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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.
Rockwell Collins has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) allowing Waas LPV upgrades in King Air models equipped with the avionics maker’s Pro Line 21 cockpit. Collins worked with Hawker Beechcraft to develop the STC, which covers the King Air C90GTi, B200, B200GT, B200C, 350 and 350C.
Cessna Aircraft last month announced the introduction of wide-area augmentation system (Waas) avionics upgrades for the Citation CJ1+, CJ2+, CJ3 and Encore+ as well as certain Citation Excel and XLS airplanes. Cessna has obtained a service bulletin for the installations in the CJ models and Encore+. Waas can be added to Excel and XLS models equipped with the Universal Avionics UNS-1Espw flight management system.