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.
Garmin unveiled yesterday at Heli-Expo 2010 the G500H avionics system, specifically for the VFR Part 27 helicopter market.
A Bell 407, highly customized for air medical operations, is the centerpiece of United Rotorcraft Solutions’ Heli-Expo Booth (No. 1617). It features Chelton synthetic vision and is provisioned for a Chelton autopilot. The completion by the Decatur, Texas, systems integrator is one of two 407s configured for Halo-Flight of Corpus Christi.
Eurocopter has improved its Dauphin to offer more modern avionics and enhanced passenger comfort. Certification of the new model, dubbed the N3+, is pegged for late this year.
Visually on the outside, the medium twin will differ from the previous models, as the installation of new radar equipment has prompted a redesign of the nose, which will now resemble that of the EC155.
Naples Jet Center in Naples, Fla., last month performed a dual Garmin G600 panel refurbishment in a Twin Commander 1000 as part of a complete panel redesign and aircraft refurbishment. The panel replacement began by removing the old wiring and installing all new harnesses for the new custom panel. Using technology derived from the G1000 avionics system, the G600 package replaces old-style mechanical instruments with LCD displays.
Honeywell’s Bendix/King division released its newest AV8OR Ace portable GPS at EAA AirVenture in late July, exactly a year after unveiling the first in the AV8OR Handheld series. The Ace features a much larger screen and geo-referenced IFR approach charts, as well as a full-featured automotive navigator, all for the relatively low price of $1,999 (street prices are less than $1,800).
It’s official: Garmin can now add to its list of avionics specialties the coveted title of TCAS maker. The company announced last month it has gained an approved model list STC for its recently launched line of traffic alert systems, including a fully functioning TCAS I. The approval permits installations of the products in some 580 general aviation aircraft, with more expected to be added to the blanket authorization later this year.
A new 43,000-sq-ft hangar has opened on Denton Airport in Texas. Jet Works Air Center’s newest facility is dedicated to maintenance, repair, inspections and avionics installations and will accommodate long-range business jets up to the size of the Boeing 757-200. The facility, which includes 3,000 sq ft of offices and back shop space, joins an existing 66,000-sq-ft facility.
Garmin caused the biggest stir at last month’s NBAA Convention by unveiling the G3000 integrated avionics system, a follow-on to the G1000 cockpit that will change the way pilots fly by introducing touchscreen technology for accessing nearly all the functions normally controlled with myriad buttons and dials.
The $3.9 million HondaJet appears to be on track for certification and first deliveries in late 2011, with the first conforming airframe expected to fly early next year, Honda Aircraft said yesterday at the NBAA Convention. The company also announced that the HondaJet flight deck has been upgraded from a Honda-edition Garmin G1000 to a Honda-defined version of the new touchscreen Garmin G3000.