If you’re planning on flying a Cessna Mustang, Embraer Phenom, HondaJet or Diamond D-Jet, you’ll have to learn how to run Garmin’s G1000 avionics system. And while you might already be used to modern EFIS with tape displays for altitude and airspeed and widescreen ADIs, HSIs and moving maps, the Garmin system has its own design philosophy. Most pilots new to the G1000 will find that it takes some time to get comfortable.
The latest Display of the Year Gold Award, presented last month by the Society for Information Display (the display industry’s version of NBAA), went to Eastman Kodak for its pioneering ultra-thin AM550L organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display.
Baker Electronics has introduced aviation’s first 30-in. flat-screen LCD monitor. A spokesman for the Sarasota, Fla. company said the 25-lb monitor not only weighs about 55 lb less than a comparable gas plasma monitor, but consumes less power and requires no additional depth for cooling. It also produces no electromagnetic interference.
Honeywell is on the verge of gaining FAA certification approval for retrofit versions of its Primus Epic integrated avionics suite. Targeting older medium and heavy business jets, Primus Epic CDS/R (control display system/retrofit) has been developed to transform steam-gauge-driven dinosaurs into state-of-the-art hot rods capable of meeting airspace operating requirements for the next decade or more.
Rosen Products of Eugene, Ore., is making a splash in the new product pool with the announcement of the integration of Honeywell’s OneView satellite-direct television into its cabin-entertainment system and introduction of a new wide-aspect-ratio flat-panel cabin monitor.
Garmin named three additional OEM platforms for its G1000 avionics system, in the Cessna Caravan, Socata TBM 850 and under-development PiperJet. Cessna announced at the show that it is making the G1000 standard equipment in the Caravan starting in the first half of next year. The upgrade will be brought to all current production Caravan models.
An investigation into problems with the quality of flight-data recorder information has led the NTSB to recommend modifications to FDR processing systems on several regional jet models and to ask the FAA to survey all aircraft models with FDRs to ensure that all required information is being processed.
Garrett Aviation has selected Rockwell Collins to provide elements of its Pro Line 21 avionics as part of a retrofit program aimed at upgrading Cessna Citation 501s. System deliveries are scheduled to begin in January.
Duncan Aviation has appointed Scott Shefke as Bombardier Challenger technical representative. He will serve as the technical advisor to Challenger customers and Duncan Aviation’s Challenger teams. “In the last three years, our Challenger business has grown to a point where it became obvious we needed to support customers with a dedicated technical representative,” said Rich Baeder, Duncan’s vice president of aircraft and FBO services.
In an experiment reminiscent of Jimmy Doolittle’s trailblazing instrument blind flight in 1929, researchers at Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) have conducted a full takeoff and landing flight of their testbed fly-by-wire Bell 205 helicopter controlled by a pilot completely “under the hood” and receiving all his visual cues via a helmet-mounted enhanced synthetic vision system (ESVS).