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.
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Goers and GOTS describe two critical FAA programs planned for later this year and early next year, respectively. Goers stands for GPS outage en route simulation, while GOTS is similar, but with terminal replacing en route.
Speakers from Eurocontrol and the European Space Agency last month informed attendees at a meeting of the FAA’s Satellite Operational Implementation Team (SOIT) that their organizations would accept liability for system failures when the Galileo satnav system was used in critical applications requiring high-accuracy guidance, such as approach and landing operations.
Eclipse Aviation this afternoon revealed another major change to the Avio NG avionics suite for the Eclipse 500, announcing the addition of two panel-mount, WAAS-capable Garmin GPS 400W receivers to bring GPS navigation capability to the very light jet. Certification of the upgrade for Avio NG system, itself an upgrade from the original Avio avionics, is expected by June, with production cut-in planned for the third quarter.
Through its JetPlan flight planning service, Jeppesen for the last couple of years has been offering RAIM (receiver autonomous integrity monitoring) prediction reports to customers who use its JetPlan flight planning service. The Colorado firm is reminding pilots who use GPS Rnav for primary navigation about a new U.S. requirement for such reporting that went into effect on March 31.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association expressed “grave concern” about the Federal Communications Commission’s decision last month authorizing operation of certain types of products to incorporate ultra-wideband (UWB) technology. UWB devices, such as automotive radar and communications systems, would be authorized to operate in the same frequency spectrum used for GPS navigation.
Just when many thought loran was dead, it is coming back, albeit in a different guise. The President’s recently released FY2009 budget includes funding for the Coast Guard to continue operating the current loran network in readiness for its upgrade in 2009 to enhanced loran (eLoran).
Chelmsford, Mass.-based Mercury Computer Systems is on hand at Heli-Expo to demonstrate its new VistaNav 3D synthetic-vision system with FLIR. According to a company spokesman, the now-available VistaNav 3D is the first such portable system for helicopters. On display are the company’s CIS-2000 and CIS-2200, which are classified as commercial class II electronic flight bag systems.
OuterLink, a Lowell, Mass. company that specializes in mobile asset tracking, is at Heli-Expo 2008 promoting the latest version of its CommTrack satellite-based software suite and a new product, the CV2R cockpit voice and video recorder. Both are being featured at OuterLink’s booth (No. 2216).
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced it will issue revised standards for helicopter navigation this fall that are intended to take advantage of GPS receiver technology and new types of instrument approach procedures.