When Flight Display Systems was launched in 1999, it was with a moving map. Now, after eight years of an annual average growth rate of about 90 percent and some 4,400 new products later, the Alpharetta, Ga. company is no longer knocking at the door, they’re about to kick it in.
The Alliant integrated avionics and autopilot suite received FAA supplemental type certification for the Beech King Air 200 yesterday. Alliant is a partnership between autopilot manufacturer S-Tec and avionics-maker Avidyne. The King Air 200 installation includes two Avidyne Envision EXP5000 PFDs with built-in solid-state gyros and air-data system and an EX500 MFD coupled with S-Tec’s Intelli-Flight 2100 digital flight control system.
Kansas City Aviation Center (KCAC) has obtained an STC to install the retrofit EFI-890R cockpit from Universal Avionics in the Pilatus PC-12. The upgrade replaces the turboprop single's original EFIS 40 suite with three 8.9-inch flat-panel displays and includes options for synthetic vision, electronic charts and satellite weather. Including installation, the price for the cockpit upgrade runs from $325,000 to $398,000, depending on options.
SunState Aviation Flight School at Kissimmee Gateway Airport is introducing pilots to the future of aviation. The school has taken the lead in training pilots to fly technically advanced aircraft.
The FAA-approved G1000 FITS (FAA and industry training standards) program teaches pilots how to transition to aircraft featuring computer screens rather than traditional gauges and dials.
MD Helicopters has chosen Chelton Flight Systems to supply the EFIS cockpit for its light single helicopters. Beginning late next year, the helicopters will be available with factory-installed dual Chelton EFIS displays, a solid-state AHRS (attitude heading reference system), an air-data computer and a GPS/WAAS (wide-area augmentation system) receiver.
Universal Avionics continues to expand its EFI-890R retrofit cockpit program, most recently by announcing STC projects with IFR Avionics and Premier Air/West Star Aviation to bring the glass cockpit to the Gulfstream II and III and the Falcon 50.
L-3 Avionics Systems (Booth No. 4299) is featuring its electronic standby instrument system (ESIS), including the GH-3000 attitude/air data and EHSI-4000 horizontal situation electronic indicators, which will be added to Cessna’s upgraded Citation XLS+. The Citation XLS+ joins the Citation Sovereign in offering the GH-3000 and EHSI-4000 standby indicators.
Chelton Flight Systems (Booth No. 5184) and Kollsman, Inc. (Booth No. 3047) have announced a collaboration to combine Chelton’s synthetic-vision EFIS and Kollsman’s general aviation vision system (GAViS) technologies in products that will target a market ranging from light trainers to small and medium-size business aircraft.
Northeast Airmotive of Portland, Maine, is seeking approval to install the Shadin Avionics ADC-8000 RSVM solution as the Group B equipment provider. The Shadin system is designed for the Cessna Citation 500 with the Bendix autopilot now installed. The ADC-8000 provides commands to the flight director and the autopilot via the AC flight director module, and is compatible with the Chelton Flight Systems synthetic-vision EFIS.
The Flipper from Flight Display Systems is a $5,000 fold-down LCD display that mounts to the underside of the glareshield, allowing it to be flipped up and out of view when not in use. The five-inch display can be used to display enhanced-vision camera images, XM satellite weather data, moving maps or just about any other data pilots might need.