In-flight entertainment specialist Flight Display Systems (FDS) is preparing to take the wraps off a monster, 55-inch LCD monitor for the cabin in a formal announcement expected before year-end.
Elliott Aviation has applied for an STC for installation of a flat-panel cockpit upgrade for the Cessna Citation 650, the Moline, Ill. installer announced last month. The upgrade replaces electromechanical and CRT-based EFIS flight instruments with a Universal 890R instrument suite featuring eight- by nine-inch displays.
Twin Commander Aircraft has received an STC for three RVSM equipment packages for the turboprop twin series. One package comprises dual Meggitt Magic EFIS installations; another package consists of a dual digital altimeter and autopilot interface; and the third option is a hybrid composed of a pilot-side Magic EFIS and IS&S digital altimeter on the copilot’s side.
After much market research and considerable research and development, Rosen Aviation Displays’ FliteView moving map passenger information system will go into production in August. The Eugene, Ore.-based company describes FliteView as fitting a niche between the low- and high-end products but at about one-fourth the price of the high-end.
Elliott Aviation is working on a Universal Avionics 890R EFIS installation for the Falcon 10/100. STCs for the EFIS and additional avionics are expected by the end of September, after which Elliott will apply for EASA certification. Installations can be performed at any of Elliott’s facilities, but if paint or interior work is needed, installations will have to be done at the company’s Moline, Ill. shop.
Heli-Dyne Systems has sold a new Bell 206BIII JetRanger to Duke University for use as an environmental observation platform.
Dr. Roni Avissar, chairman of the university’sdepartment of civil and environmental engineering, plans to use the helicopter to study air pollution and climate change.
A very sore-throated EMS pilot named Mark Graveline, who flies a Bell 206 equipped with the Chelton Flight Systems FlightLogic EFIS for Air Methods of San Antonio, talked about the cockpit system with HAI Convention News at the show yesterday.
Aerosonic Corp. of Clearwater, Fla., has received TSO approval from the FAA for its two-inch standby digital altimeter and airspeed indicators, on display in Booth No. 1217 along with the company’s line of vertical speed and cabin pressure indicators and clocks.
FH1100 Manufacturing Corp. of Century, Fla., has selected an EFIS cockpit from Chelton Flight Systems (Booth No. 2821) as standard equipment on all new 2006 Model FH1100 helicopters. The Chelton FlightLogic system will also be available for retrofit on FH1100 helicopters produced before this year.
The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive that mandates replacement of certain Shadin ADC-2000 air-data computers (ADCs) installed in about 450 aircraft, including a handful of Citation 501s, King Airs and Conquests. Effective January 26, the AD was prompted by the discovery of potential errors in some units that could cause them to display incorrect altitude information on their Chelton FlightLogic EFIS displays.