Advances in avionics don’t negate the need for old standbys such as a handheld transceiver for use in the unlikely event your digital panel goes dark, or simply to pick up Atis or a clearance before engine start. Sporty’s Pilot Shop’s handheld SP-400 navcom makes a worthy backup, providing more nav information than other navcoms in a package little larger than transceivers that offer only com functions.
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Signature Flight Support launched iFBO, a new iPhone application to provide customers with handheld access to key flight-planning and service information. The free iFBO App can be downloaded from Apple’s iTunes store for the iPhone and iPad. It includes three key functionalities: a fuel calculator, a Signature location database and a favorites section.
Honeywell’s Bendix/King division released its newest AV8OR Ace portable GPS at EAA AirVenture in late July, exactly a year after unveiling the first in the AV8OR Handheld series. The Ace features a much larger screen and geo-referenced IFR approach charts, as well as a full-featured automotive navigator, all for the relatively low price of $1,999 (street prices are less than $1,800).
Honeywell on Sunday introduced a new handheld EFB navigator with a large seven-inch touchscreen display and geo-referenced IFR charts. The AV8OR ACE uses the same interface as the 4.3-inch-display AV8OR, which was introduced last year, but adds EFB Class I or II capability with own-ship position displayed on IFR en route (high and low altitude), SID, Star, approach and airport charts.
Except for some early models, Honeywell’s Bendix/King division hasn’t in recent years focused on the market for GPS handheld navigators. This year at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., however, Bendix/King unveiled a handheld that offers a lower-cost alternative to Garmin’s dominant line of GPS handhelds.
Honeywell yesterday unveiled its new, completely redesigned Ovation Select cabin management system, a package that “seamlessly integrates entertainment and connectivity technology through a simple and intuitive passenger interface.”
Although EAA’s AirVenture 2008 wasn’t a big show for avionics manufacturers, Honeywell’s Bendix/King showed that the manufacturer is serious about the general aviation market with the introduction of the new AV8OR Handheld navigator and two AV8OR synthetic-vision system (SVS) handheld/electronic flight bag (EFB) units.
Tucson, Ariz.-based Universal Avionics announced receipt of a TSO certifying the company’s Universal Cockpit Display, a handheld tablet computer with an 8.4-in. touchscreen. At a list price of $33,500, the handheld device is more expensive than other electronic flight bags (EFB) on the market, but it has the advantage of interfacing directly with the airplane’s FMS.
California firm Vishay Intertechnology (Booth No. 1914) has introduced a wireless aircraft-weighing system that can be used for monitoring center of gravity, performing weight checks after an airframe repair and providing weight calculations for the purpose of design-proving.
Garmin has added a long list of aviation-specific applications to its iQue 3600 Palm-powered personal digital assistant (PDA) to create a multitask handheld GPS navigator for pilots. The iQue 3600a comes pre-loaded with terrain warning software, Jeppesen navigation database and an electronic logbook, in addition to standard automotive turn-by-turn direction software and other applications.
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