Twin Commander service center Eagle Creek Aviation Services was issued an STC for a Garmin G950 upgrade on Twin Commander turboprops. The STC replaces the existing avionics and instruments with a 12.4-inch MFD and two 10.4-inch PFDs, subtracting approximately 150 pounds from the airplane’s empty weight. The S-Tec 2100 digital autopilot has been a popular upgrade in the Twin Commander series and that system couples with the G950, or the autopilot can be installed during the upgrade. Engine instrumentation is displayed on the MFD.
Littleton, Colo.-based JetTech received FAA STC approval to install touchscreen GTN 650/750 GPS navcoms in Cessna CitationJets manufactured from 1993 to 1999 (S/Ns 0001 to 0359). The approved STC is for single or dual GTN 650/750 installations and includes Waas approvals and certifies the aircraft for fully autopilot coupled GPS-LPV approaches. JetTech is offering the STC’d data package through authorized Garmin dealers and will include full support through the installation process.
The media jumped on a May 13 report that Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin had threatened that unless the U.S. allows Russia to install a ground station in the U.S. to monitor signals from its GPS-like Glonass satnav system, Russia would retaliate and “suspend the operation of U.S. GPS ground stations in Russia.”
By now, all corporate and most general aviation aircraft owners are aware that by Jan. 1, 2020, their aircraft must carry an approved installation of an ADS-B out transmitter and an appropriate Waas receiver. And also by now, owners will probably have read accounts, or have been advised by their avionics suppliers and installers, that even with five-and-a-half years to go, booking installation dates to meet the deadline is getting tight.
Rockwell Collins received EASA certification of its Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 avionics retrofit for the Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX. The Pro Line 21 retrofit features four 10- by 8-inch LCD panels and Waas/Egnos capability, as well as support for electronic charts and graphical weather. The upgrade is also available for the Falcon 50EX. The first installation is scheduled for this summer at a Ruag maintenance facility in Germany. An upgrade for Fans-1/A will be available next year for these Falcons.
Garmin (Booth 6055) has released European terminal charts, including instrument approach charts, SIDs, STARs and airport diagrams as part of the European FliteCharts database. The electronic offer includes the geo-referencing feature, which overlays the aircraft position onto the map. For the initial release, European FliteCharts cover Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK.
The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) provides clear benefits to the business aviation sector. With many business aircraft not specifically catered to by current air traffic management systems, more often than not they find themselves shut out of many key airports.
This is particularly true as Europe’s skies continue to become more and more crowded. As air traffic continues to grow, smaller airports must make themselves accessible at all times–something that cannot be done when relying solely on nonprecision approaches.
Resilience–broadly, the ability to readily recover from external disturbances–seems likely to become the next buzzword in aviation’s lexicon. It is gaining acceptance primarily to describe a future world air navigation system’s resistance to interruptions and outright signal loss, to provide pilots with essential, unfailing position, navigation and timing (PNT) data. Resilience came to the fore at a February conference on GNSS vulnerability, sponsored by the UK Institute of Navigation.
Banyan Air Service, based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida, recently completed installing a dual Garmin 600 glass cockpit upgrade on a Pilatus PC-12. The project included a Garmin GTN-750, GTN-650, GMA-350 and dual GTX-330 transponders. The installations were performed using both Garmin and Pilatus STCs.
Avionics manufacturer Avidyne of Lincoln, Mass. is showcasing its soon-to-be-certified touch screen IFD 540 and IFD 440 FMS/GPS navcoms this week at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla. Featuring plug and play design, the units are aimed at the retrofit market, specifically as replacements for Garmin GNS 530 and GNS 430 GPS navcoms, providing an upgrade alternative to Garmin’s own GTN 750/650.