Helicopter manufacturers aren’t immune to the pressure to update their machines with modern avionics, and last year MD Helicopters and Universal Avionics Systems unveiled a new NextGen flight deck mockup for the MD 902 Explorer. The new avionics replace aging Bendix/King EFIS 40 cathode-ray-tube displays with high-resolution 10.4-inch Universal LCDs in landscape orientation.
Garmin announced an updated version of its Garmin Pilot iOS app that includes synthetic vision as an option for premium subscribers. Dubbed SVX, the new feature displays GPS-derived airspeed, altitude and vertical speed overlaid on a 3-D topographic landscape. When paired with Garmin’s GDL 39 3D Bluetooth ADS-B receiver, back-up aircraft attitude information can also be displayed on top of the synthetic display in Garmin Pilot. The Garmin Pilot app is free, but an annual subscription (starting at $74.99 per year) is required.
Epic Aircraft said it remains on schedule to certify its E1000 all-composite turboprop single by the middle of next year. Deliveries of the $2.75 million airplane are slated to begin in the second half of next year.
The E1000 will be a certified version of the kit-built Epic LT with a 1,200-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-67A engine and Garmin G1000 glass cockpit. Preliminary performance and specifications include a 325-knot top cruise speed, 1,600-nm range and a 34,000-foot ceiling.
Garmin commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Garmin GPS 155 receiving FAA TSO authorization late last week. The GPS 155 was the industry’s first FAA TSO-C129 approach-approved IFR GPS receiver. The device received FAA TSO approval on Feb. 16, 1994, and “laid the groundwork for future aviation milestones and set the standard for product development, eventually ushering in the foundational technology for what is now referred to as NextGen,” said Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing Carl Wolf.
Robinson will display a new avionics suite for its helicopters at Heli-Expo, which will be held February 25 to 27 in Anaheim, Calif. Most options for the new panels meet ADS-B in and out requirements and include Aspen Avionics primary flight and multifunction displays, and Garmin GTN 600/700 touchscreen navigators, GTR 225B com radio, GMA 350H audio panel, GDL 88 universal access transceiver and GTX 330ES transponder. The FAA has already granted approval for most of these new equipment installations.
Bell Helicopter has announced that it has delivered the first 407GX aircraft into India. The customer is SpanAir, a leading air charter company that has operated the Bell 407 since 1996, and later added a Model 429. The company provides customized travel options and offers a modern, well-equipped fleet.
Pilots all over the world are probably sick of hearing that “ADS-B is coming,” but the fact is that some countries already require ADS-B capability, and other countries’ deadlines are rapidly approaching. ADS-B equipage needs to remain prominent in pilots’ consciousness because avionics shops need time to certify ADS-B out installations and time to complete the installations. A rough estimate by Cessna’s product support organization, just for the U.S.
Garmin’s eLearning online training for the G5000 flight deck blazes a trail in avionics tuition, combining elements of voice-guided demonstration followed by hands-on practice. AIN tested the demo version of the full G5000 Essentials course, which is a portion of the full G5000 eLearning program. The entire G5000 eLearning course costs $699 for a 180-day subscription.
Elliott Aviation has received FAA STC certification for the Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics MD302 standby attitude module as part of its Garmin G1000 avionics upgrade in King Airs. The MD302 provides attitude, altitude, airspeed and slip information to the pilot during normal operation or in the case of primary instrument failure, enhancing system reliability and reducing pilot workload. The compact, self-contained, solid-state instrument fits in less panel space than a standard set of two-inch mechanical attitude, altitude and airspeed indicators.
Look, it could happen to any of us. Landing at the wrong airport is not that hard.
It happened again Sunday evening, when a Southwest Airlines 737-700 made a relatively short landing at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport (KPLK) in Branson, Mo. (actually one mile south of downtown Branson), six miles north of the destination airport, Branson Airport (KBBG). This is the second recent wrong-airport landing by a large commercial airplane. A Boeing Dreamlifter cargo carrier operated by Atlas Air landed at the wrong airport in Wichita in November. They were headed for McConnell Air Force Base (KIAB) but landed at smaller Jabara Airport (KAAO), nine miles northeast of the intended destination.