For anyone dealing with shrinking space on an instrument panel, Mid-Continent Instruments (Booth No. 2655) offers a small suggestion: a new two-inch course deviation indicator (CDI), which the company is unveiling here at the 2006 NBAA Convention.
What if you had an electronic flight bag (EFB) that doubles as a backup multifunction display with airspeed, altimeter, attitude and heading indicators in case your glass-panel cockpit goes completely dark on a stormy night?
Mid-Continent Instruments introduced a two-inch course deviation indicator (CDI) miniature backup. The MD200 series’ small size allows operators to install an electromechanical CDI without taking up valuable panel real estate. In addition to its space-saving benefits, the needle of the CDI moves out of view if the instrument detects an invalid signal, eliminating the possibility of being taken off course by a problem with signal reception.
CMC Electronics is displaying its latest aviation GPS receiver here at the show, incorporating wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) technology. The IntegriFlight CMA-5024 aviation GPS receiver on view at Booth No. 145 provides space-based augmentation system (SBAS) and GPS primary means navigation as well as GPS approach capability. It is configured for both retrofit and OEM installations.
In response to an FAA proposal to eliminate 479 “redundant” NDB approaches as a cost-saving measure, AOPA has given the agency a list of 57 NDB approaches that it believes should remain active because they provide the lowest minimums or because they are important to AOPA members.
Mitsubishi MU-2, Parker, Colo., Aug. 4, 2005– The commercial pilot, the sole occupant of he airplane, was killed when MU-2 N454MA crashed on approach to Centennial Airport (APA), near Denver, at 2:06 a.m. The Flight Line cargo airplane had departed from Salt Lake City International Airport at 12:40 p.m. in night IMC.
Switzerland’s long ambulatory regional airline business finally appears headed toward recovery, having registered an increase in passenger boardings for the first time in several years during this year’s first semester.
To help business aircraft operators cope with new Rnav routes and procedures that took effect last month, the FAA is developing a Web-based RAIM (receiver autonomous integrity monitor) prediction service that will be made available for general use by flight crews, according to NBAA.
One of the recurrent themes at the Toulouse workshop was the inability of ATC services to provide operators opportunities to use the navigation performance of modern aircraft. Boeing’s John Ackland and Thomas Fixy of the EADS/Airbus/Thales Air Traffic Alliance took the stage to spell out a joint position on RNP.
The FAA has implemented performance- based navigation in the form of standard instrument departures (SIDs), en route Q and T routes, standard arrival routes (Stars) and RNP special and Rnav approaches.