John and Martha King this month plan to take the wraps off a new online training course developed for pilots transitioning from traditional instruments to the Garmin G1000 integrated cockpit. The course will include about four hours of video with interactive quizzes at the end of each training session.
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New developments and products in avionics, specifically about aircraft electronics in the cockpit.
Starling Advanced Communications, a relatively new name among satcom antenna manufacturers, has officially kicked off a development program for a line of Ku-band satcom antennas that company officials said will bring data connectivity to business aviation in a package tailor-made for buyers of midsize jets.
Throw BAE Systems and Nav3D into the mix of companies indicating strong interest in sensor and software technology for emerging cockpit advanced-vision systems.
Sikorsky’s new S-76D twin-turbine helicopter, scheduled to enter service in 2008, will be equipped with Thales’ TopDeck integrated modular avionics, according to the French electronics maker in an announcement made last month at the annual Helitech show in Cambridge, England.
Chelton Flight Systems of Boise, Idaho, has received FAA certification for installations of its FlightLogic EFIS avionics in a number of Part 23 airplanes, including the Beech King Air 350, Cessna CitationJet, Learjet 23 and the Merlin/Metro turboprop. Chelton last year received STC approval for installation of the FlightLogic displays in the Cessna Citation 501.
Performance-based navigation was identified in ICAO’s Future Air Navigation System concept of the early 1990s, which defined required navigation performance capability as a parameter “describing lateral deviations from assigned or selected track as well as along-track position-fixing accuracy on the basis of an appropriate containment level.”
A special military facility dedicated to testing the vulnerability of GPS installations to deliberate jamming is now open to corporate pilots whose operations take them into, over or even near troubled parts of the world where jamming is becoming increasingly common.
The Department of Defense (DOD) recently unveiled its program for JPALS, the joint precision approach and landing system. The DOD describes JPALS–which is similar to, and compatible with, the FAA’s GPS local area augmentation system (LAAS), with the addition of a few military bells and whistles–as a critical future system for all Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines aircraft.
The FAA has withdrawn a decade-old proposal to rescind its requirement for mode-S transponders and, consequently, plans to end the hundreds of mode-S installation exemptions currently in effect for Part 121 and 135 operators.
Quest Aircraft selected the Garmin G1000 as the standard avionics for its under-development Kodiak, a 10-seat STOL turboprop single scheduled to be certified in the first half of next year. The G1000 avionics system has been certified in a variety of piston airplanes and has also been selected by Cessna for the Citation Mustang very light jet. Meanwhile, Quest has opened its 57,000-sq-ft Kodiak production facility in Sandpoint, Idaho.