The recent successful completion of a 60-day continuous performance test of the FAA’s wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) is expected to clear the way for full IFR use of the satellite navigation concept starting late next year. The question now is whether anyone will be able to use it.
The FAA is planning to issue an AD to address what it says are potential safety hazards with the popular Garmin GNS 430 combination GPS/navcom. The agency said external electrical noise from autopilots and other cockpit systems could cause the electronic CDI/HSI in the unit to display inaccurate course deviations.
It may be easier to list what is not included in this avionics package for Cessna Caravan turboprop singles from J.A. Air Center, based at DuPage Airport (DPA) in West Chicago, Ill. The stack is topped with Garmin equipment, including the GMA 340 audio panel with marker beacon receiver and intercom, a pair of GNS 530 integrated nav/com/GPS/color maps and dual GTX 327 digital transponders.
The parallels that Howard Reisman sees between himself and John F. Kennedy Jr. continue to haunt the 57-year-old software designer more than three years after Kennedy’s Piper Saratoga II piston single crashed on a dark and hazy summer night off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
Having secured solid footing in GA markets, Garmin announced it is introducing a new 16-watt com version of its GNC 420, GNS 430 and GNS 530 moving-map navcoms, now designated as “A” models. The new configuration will allow the units to transmit and receive at higher altitudes, a feature Garmin expects to entice more buyers from the corporate ranks.
Garmin introduced its latest portable GPS receiver, the GPSMAP 196, at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. Typically priced at $999, the new unit features an improved processor, 320 by 240 pixel monochrome display, pop-up map details and a panel-like page that shows facsimiles of an HSI, airspeed indicator, atltimeter, turn-and-bank indicator and a vertical-speed indicator.
Garmin has tossed its hat into the terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) ring, announcing at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., last month that a class-B product is in the works and will be offered to buyers of Garmin 500-series avionics “within a year.”
There’s a lot to like about Garmin’s synthetic-vision technology (SVT) upgrade for the G1000 avionics system, starting with a price that should attract plenty of buyers.
Eclipse Aviation is expecting to achieve two major certification goals–flight-into-known-icing and EASA certification–for the EA-500 very light jet by July, according to Mike McConnell, vice president of sales and marketing. Full avionics functionality should follow by year-end, aided by Eclipse’s choice to install dual Garmin GPS 400W WAAS-certified moving-map GPS navigators to provide missing GPS functionality.
The third flight-test D-Jet completed a one-hour 25-minute maiden flight on Tuesday from Diamond Aircraft’s London, Ontario facility, with chief test pilot Daniel Ribeiro at the controls. S/N 003 will be used for performance and handling quality refinement, as well as to further develop avionics, fuel, autopilot and anti-ice systems.