Any safety expert who wants to improve accident statistics could learn a lot by observing the Mitsubishi MU-2 situation. Since the issuance of the final rule outlining special training regulations for MU-2 pilots, there has been only one accident, and that was nonfatal. This contrasts markedly with the MU-2’s accident history before the enactment of the special FAR (SFAR).
SimCom Training Centers is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, as well as the addition of new training programs and upgraded simulators. One new program–
the light jet familiarization course–is aimed at pilots who are thinking about transitioning to a light jet, which ties in perfectly with the new Light Business Airplane content at this year’s convention.
Daher-Socata’s target of formally launching a new eight- to 10-seat or equivalent weight twin-engine business airplane sometime next year is still planned, but it depends on the company continuing to seek investment partners to fund the NTx New Twin program, unveiled at last year’s NBAA Convention.
Emivest Aerospace, now a majority shareholder in the former Sino Swearingen Aircraft, is expected to deliver its first SJ30 business jet (S/N 008) within the next two weeks. The airplane interior will be completed by the end of this week by Jet Works of Denton, Texas.
Speech-recognition technology has come a long way in the last few years, especially as cellphone makers seek to add voice search capability to their latest Web-enabled smartphones. So maybe it’s not too surprising that the FAA has signed off on a pilot-speech-recognition system that can enter GPS waypoints or victor airways en route simply by hearing them.
Garmin has rolled out a sub-$16,000 avionics system that’s certified for installation in nearly 600 Class I and II Part 23 airplanes (defined as singles and twins weighing less than 6,000 pounds). The Garmin G500 avionics system, introduced at last month’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., includes primary and multifunction displays mounted in a single bezel that can slide into the opening previously occupied by an instrument six-pack.
For the first time since AIN has been conducting its annual product support survey, a company that doesn’t start with Gar- and end in -min has claimed the top overall ranking among avionics manufacturers.
Yesterday at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., Garmin announced the new ADS-B-in GTS 800 and 820 traffic advisory systems (TAS) and GTS 850 TCAS. All three systems combine ADS-B and radar targets using Garmin’s Clear CAS technology. The GTS 800 offers 12-nm interrogation range and 40 Watts of transmit power and retails for $9,995; the GTS 820 ($19,995) and 850 ($23,495) deliver 250 Watts and 40-nm range.
Garmin’s GPSmap 696 is a capable and feature-filled portable GPS navigator that doubles as a Class 1 or 2 electronic flight bag (EFB) with the ability to display weather, terrain, approach charts and airways. While the 696 displays own-ship position on moving maps and SafeTaxi airport diagrams, potential buyers should know that it does not do so on approach charts.
L-3 Avionics Systems is seeking $21.7 million in a lawsuit against lightplane maker Cirrus Design over the cancellation of an order for SmartDeck cockpit systems and money allegedly owed for Stormscope and other stand-alone products.