Frasca International (Booth No. 4636) has been awarded a contract by the FAA to build a Cessna Citation Mustang level-5 flight training device (FTD). The FTD, to be located at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, will accurately replicate the very light jet’s Garmin G1000-equipped flight deck.
Synthetic-vision flight presentations are about to become a ubiquitous presence in dozens of business aircraft models thanks to certification programs that have been completed recently and additional test programs which are about to get under way.
Garmin announced at EAA AirVenture that its G600 combined PFD/MFD six-pack instrument cluster replacement unit received FAA TSO approval and is now available for delivery at a retail price of $29,995. The company also said it received approved model list supplemental type certification for installation of the G600 in 785 aircraft types weighing up to 12,500 pounds.
Although EAA’s AirVenture 2008 wasn’t a big show for avionics manufacturers, Honeywell’s Bendix/King showed that the manufacturer is serious about the general aviation market with the introduction of the new AV8OR Handheld navigator and two AV8OR synthetic-vision system (SVS) handheld/electronic flight bag (EFB) units.
Avidyne last month introduced the Entegra PFD4000, an eight-inch primary flight display system intended to compete with Garmin’s G600 retrofit display product.
Garmin would not confirm its participation in the HondaJet program, but these photos and illustrations of the G1000 system and its architecture appeared in the report Honda R&D Americas chief engineer Michimasa Fujino submitted to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
It’s a David-and-Goliath story, but lately it has been getting tougher to tell just who’s the Goliath.
The wraps officially came off Garmin’s new G1000 integrated avionics system late last month at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wis. Picked to fly aboard the Cessna Citation Mustang personal jet and Diamond DA-42 piston twin, the G1000 represents the first complete cockpit from the Olathe, Kan. avionics manufacturer.
Competition for panel space and pilot eyeballs continues to intensify, with avionics manufacturers announcing more new products at EAA AirVenture this week in Oshkosh, Wis. Avidyne introduced the eight-inch PFD4000, a replacement for the “six-pack” instrument cluster with a high-resolution screen and remote sensors, keeping unit thickness to 3.5 inches. Shipments of the PFD4000 are slated to begin next year.
Garmin late last month announced a deal to buy UPS Aviation Technologies, a subsidiary of United Parcel Service, for $38 million in cash. The acquisition is expected to close this quarter, after which UPS Aviation Technologies will change its name to Garmin AT.