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.
In mid-July, Bombardier made a flight-test Learjet 40 available to demonstrate the capabilities of the Garmin G5000 integrated flight deck that is a key feature in the new Learjet 70 and 75. This Learjet 40 is one of two flight-test articles flying in the 70/75 program and the first jet to fly with Garmin’s first Part 25 avionics suite, which is branded as the Vision cockpit for the Learjet application and the first Part 25 avionics system with touchscreen control.
SoCal Jets, a maintenance and repair facility at the Los Angeles-area Van Nuys Airport, has added avionics service and support. “After one-and-a-half years of writing a new manual and acquiring close to half a million dollars in test equipment, we have a first class avionics department. We can provide everything from high-speed data Internet installations, to cockpit voice recorders and flight data recorders, to a complete EFIS cockpit,”Robert Roig, president and founder, told AIN.
Gama Engineering announced it has completed its 50th EASA STC. The work entailed design and certification of a Garmin G600 EFIS system into a BN Islander used by the Belgian Coastguard. Gama carried out the design work on behalf of ASP Avionics from Belgium, one of many mainland-Europe customers taking advantage of Gama’s proven design and certification experience.
For King Air G1000 upgraders, a new option is replacement of the old-style incandescent-lighted caution warning panels with a Luma Technologies LED-based panel. Luma and its sister company Advanced Quality Certifications Group received FAA supplemental type certification for the LED panels on the King Air 200, 300, 350 and 350i in May. The company is adding an STC for the C90 in the first quarter of next year. For the King Air line, airplanes that qualify for the LED panels include those with classic avionics, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 and the recently certified Garmin G1000 upgrades.
Jay Johnson, chairman and CEO of Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics, will retire at the end of the year. He will be succeeded by Phebe Novakovic, who was recently named the company’s president and COO.
The Bombardier Challenger 601-1A/3A/3R and 604 have been added to Banyan Air Service’s FAA Part 145 repair station approval at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, as well as to its EASA certification and Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela approvals. “We have a large customer base and as they transition into larger aircraft we intend to augment our capabilities to be able to continue to offer them service and support,” said Paul Rose, Banyan’s vice president of technical sales.
JA Air Center is offering a zero-downtime program for King Air operators upgrading to the Garmin G1000 avionics suite. According to the company, it is the only authorized dealer specifically approved for the G1000 retrofit installation program and the only one to offer the zero-downtime option. Brad Zeman, the company’s president, said, “You fly in your qualified King Air 90/200/300/350 in the morning and we’ll loan you our King Air C90 equipped with a Garmin G1000 panel while your aircraft is being worked on.