Gulf Coast Avionics president Rick Garcia has announced the company’s expansion into the Brazilian aviation market through a joint venture with Quick Aviação, located in Goiânia-Goias. “There is a vibrant general aviation industry in South America, particularly in Brazil. We are excited to expand our international presence by partnering with such a well known and respected shop as Quick Aviação,” Garcia said.
Garmin announced yesterday at EAA AirVenture that its new electronic stability and protection (ESP) stability augmentation system will be available on G1000-equipped King Air 200s later this year. ESP is being developed for G1000 and G3000 systems and helps prevent stall and spin onset, steep spirals “or other loss-of-control situations should the pilot become distracted, disoriented or incapacitated during flight,” according to Garmin.
The Garmin G1000 glass cockpit system on Tuesday received FAA STC approval for Cessna CitationJets. According to Garmin, the approval for the RVSM-compliant system covers S/Ns 0001 through 0359. The G1000 suite weighs 100 pounds less than the original avionics and allows pilots to fly Waas approaches with Garmin’s GFC 700 autopilot, as well as have electronic charts, datalink weather and an optional synthetic vision system.
Garmin late last year released a new line of compact handheld GPS units, the aera 500 through 560 series. The four new aera units are priced from $875 to $2,199 and key differences between these and the older but still available 196 through 496 series is inclusion of Garmin’s City Navigator NT street mapping system (almost the same as Garmin’s nüvi automotive GPS units) and a touchscreen display.
About 30 people attended an Embraer Phenom owners and operators fly-in that was held in Naples, Fla., in late March. Representatives from Embraer and Garmin led a technical and operational seminar; CAE held an international operations discussion; and Luis Antonio Colarino, Embraer senior manager of executive jets customer support, presented an update on the Phenom 100 fleet, outstanding technical issues and optional avionics upgrades.
Garmin announced at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., last month that its Pilot My-Cast aviation weather, flight planning and flight-plan filing application for U.S. and Canadian pilots is now available for Google Android smartphones. The application is also available on BlackBerry, iPhone and Windows Mobile smartphones. Subscriptions cost $9.99 per month.
At a time when operators are closely watching how every euro is spent, Elliott Aviation is offering a broad range of aircraft upgrades that help owners extend the useful life of older airframes and make the most of their investments. Here at EBACE (Booth No. 1463), the U.S.
Paradigm Aerospace’s new name, PAC International (Booth No. 3542), signifies the company’s new international emphasis. PAC is an FAA Part 145 repair station and services a broad range of aircraft with a focus on Bell and AgustaWestland helicopters. The company is in negotiations with military organizations in both Latin America and Asia for component repair and overhaul work.
Garmin unveiled the G500H glass avionics system and a terrain awareness and warning system (Taws) for the helicopter market just before Heli-Expo last month.
Robinson Helicopter has set an initial price of $770,000 for its Rolls-Royce RR300-powered R66 turbine single. The company has begun accepting $75,000 individual deposits and dealer applications for the helicopter. “We want to create a market for this helicopter,” said company vice president Kurt Robinson, explaining the price decision.