The uAvionix AV-30-C digital multi-mode instrument is now FAA approved for installation in certified aircraft. Mounting from behind the panel in a standard 3.125-in instrument hole; the AV-30-C can replace an airplane’s vacuum system when two of the multi-mode instruments are installed. An approved model list STC covers installation of the AV-30-C in hundreds of aircraft models.
For added utility, the AV-30-C also integrates with uAvionix’s tailBeaconX ADS-B Out transponder, setting transponder codes and modes. Each AV-30-C retails for $1,995 and contains its own inertial and pressure sensors so it can be field configured as either an attitude indicator (AI) or heading indicator/directional gyro (DG) although not as a horizontal situation indicator. It can also be swapped between AI and DG modes with a press and hold of the rotary knob but only when not installed as a required instrument.
The pilot interface is not touchscreen control; the AV-30-C uses two buttons and a rotary knob for various selections. In its basic mode, it displays as an AI with primary attitude and slip or as a DG with airplane direction always displayed. The pilot can add supplemental textual and graphical overlays on portions of the instrument that are not used for the primary functions.
These include functions such as indicated airspeed, altitude, V-speeds, derived angle of attack, vertical speed, set altitude, heading, bus voltage, g load, outside air temperature, true airspeed, density altitude, a variety of navigation information, and alerting for angle of attack, g limit, and excessive roll, among others. The built-in lithium-ion battery lasts for two hours and provides at least 30 minutes of operation in all temperature conditions, according to uAvionix.
While the AV-30-C doesn’t support vertical navigation or setting minimum altitudes for instrument approaches, uAvionix director of sales Shane Woodson told AIN that “it’s on our radar.”
To try out the AV-30-C, prospective buyers can download a simulator from the company website and view all the available functions.