On Saturday at Vero Beach (Fla.) Airport, Piper Aircraft celebrated its 75th anniversary with a fly-in. More than 60 Piper airplanes, ranging from J-3 Cubs to Meridian turboprop singles, flew in for the diamond anniversary event. During the fly-in, Piper announced a Garmin G1000 upgrade for its Seminole and Archer, as well as a launch order from the Florida Institute of Technology for eight G1000-equipped Archers and options for 16 more. Piper and FIT also announced a career alliance to provide enhanced vocational opportunities for FIT aviation program graduates.
Accidents in recent years have brought glass panel training and operational excellence under the spotlight, and the industry continues to develop training and safe practices to keep up with the new technology.
Elliott Aviation (Booth No. 1706) announced at NBAA’12 yesterday that it has received an STC for installation of Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics’s new MD302 Standby Attitude Module (SAM). The compact 1.6-pound unit provides attitude, altitude, airspeed and slip information. Elliott plans to offer the compact $10,600 unit to buyers of its Garmin G1000 upgrade for King Air turboprops. The installation should go smoothly as Elliott also announced at the show the completion of its 75th King Air G1000 installation.
SyberJet Aircraft plans to resume production of the SJ30 light twinjet in 2014 with a new glass-panel cockpit called “SyberVision,” with core avionics supplied by Honeywell. It hopes to have the new avionics certified by the end of next year, SyberJet said today at the NBAA Convention.
SyberJet Aircraft plans to resume production of the SJ30 light twinjet in 2014 with a new glass panel cockpit called SyberVision, with core avionics supplied by Honeywell. SyberJet hopes to have the new avionics certified in the third quarter of 2014, with first delivery of the jet in the fourth quarter of 2014. The company announced that it is not taking orders for new aircraft deliveries at this time, but should begin doing so shortly.
Sierra Industries and Clifford Development have formed a joint venture called NewJETz to develop a Williams International FJ44-4 engine (3,600 lbs. of thrust) retrofit program. The retrofit will power legacy Cessna Citation 550 and 560 series jets, including the Citation V, Bravo, Ultra and Encore. The new modification is called eVolution, and NewJETz will also offer owners of these aircraft avionics and other upgrades.
Luma Technologies (Booth No. 3675) has received FAA parts manufacturer approval for its Lumatech LED caution/warning panels available for most recent models of King Airs fitted with classic, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 and Garmin G1000 avionics. The units cost is between $14,000 and $20,000, according to Luma president Bruce Maxwell.
Astronics is forging ahead after purchasing enhanced vision system (EVS) maker Max-Viz in early August and recently signed an installation agreement with Hawker Beechcraft. Under the agreement, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support will have the opportunity to install Max-Viz infrared EVS in any King Air equipped with an MFD that can display video images, according to Astronics president and CEO Peter Gundermann.
While many in the aviation industry bemoan the fact that older aircraft values are rapidly declining, there is a bright spot, older efficient airframes with plenty of life left that can benefit from avionics upgrades. A great example is the Twin Commander twin-engine turboprop series. Twin Commander service center Eagle Creek Aviation of Indianapolis, Ind. (Booth No.
In the upcoming movie Flight, starring Denzel Washington, the only way the captain can save everyone aboard his crippled airliner is to complete an aileron roll just before bellying it in. Sure the story is pure Hollywood hokum, but there have been a number of accidents where pilots, faced with unusual attitude or control situations, reacted either incorrectly or too slowly to save their aircraft. And, unfortunately, life didn’t imitate art.