Flight training provider FlightSafety International will manufacture the first interchangeable full-flight simulator for the Beechcraft King Air 350 and B200 turboprops. Expected to enter service next year at the company’s learning center in Wichita, the Garmin G1000-based simulator will include synthetic vision, Chartview with Jeppesen charts, Taws, electronic stability and protection, operational weather radar traffic advisory system and datalink weather through XM Satellite.
Operators of the venerable King Air 200 can now bring their avionics up to date. Kitchener Aero Avionics is offering a digital cockpit upgrade for the King Air 200. While Kitchener offers the full G1000 cockpit suite upgrade, it also offers a more cost-effective retrofit package that includes the dual Garmin G600 flight display system with Taws-B, replacing the standard heavy-iron avionics suite that originally came with King Air 200s.
If ever there was a Comeback Kid in avionics, it would have to be the FAA’s wide area augmentation system (Waas). Heralded by the agency in 1994 as the future Swiss Army knife of navigation, Waas was going to bring greater accuracy and enhanced reliability to the sometimes unpredictable GPS and, in so doing, promised a new era where satellites would replace not only the nation’s NDBs and VORs, but also the more than 600 Category 1 ILS installations in the National Airspace System at the time. Development would cost more than $300 million, and take about four years.
Start-up aircraft manufacturer Flaris (Hall 4 F16) surprised attendees at the Paris Air Show by displaying a prototype of its heretofore unannounced five-place, single-engine very light jet–dubbed the LAR 01–at its exhibit booth. The aircraft that’s on display (registered as SP-YLE) has already completed low-speed taxi tests and, following the airshow, will soon start high-speed ground testing before making its first flight by year-end, Flaris sales manager Anthony Krol told AIN. EASA and FAA Part 23 certification is expected in late 2015, he said.
Garmin’s first international dealership and service center in China has been established by ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services at Binhai International Airport in Tianjin. While Garmin has local representatives, ExecuJet Haite is the first “that has set up a dealership and service center for Garmin in China,” according to Garmin. ExecuJet Haite has also applied for Chinese CAAC Part 145 maintenance organization approval. ExecuJet and Garmin already have existing relationships in other parts of the world, the companies noted.
Bombardier has pushed back certification of the Learjet 70/75 to the fourth quarter of this year, from what had been planned to be an early-2013 entry into service. “Our supplier, Garmin, encountered some difficulties in delivering its avionics hardware and software,” a Bombardier spokeswoman told AIN. The Learjet 70/75 were slated to be the first jets certified with Garmin’s G5000 flight deck, although Cessna’s Sovereign might now enter service before the new Learjet.
Garmin’s new GTS 825 TAS (traffic advisory system) and GTS 855 Tcas I (traffic alert and collision avoidance system) had already received FAA technical standard order approval when they were introduced in March. Garmin is now working on approved model list supplemental type certificates for the GTS 825 and 855.
Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities are now authorized installation centers for the CenTex Halo 250 gross weight increase modification for the Beechcraft King Air 200. The conversion adds 920 pounds of payload capacity by increasing the mtow of 200-series King Airs to 13,420 pounds from 12,500.
CenTex Aerospace of Waco, Texas, developed the modification and received FAA certification last October.
The new Garmin G3000-based Prodigy Touch avionics suite for the Embraer Phenom 300 was certified early May by Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil and the U.S. FAA; EASA approval is expected in April 2014.
Daher-Socata airplane division senior v-p Nicolas Chabbert gave an optimistic outlook at EBACE for sales of the French manufacturer’s TBM 850 turboprop single. At about 40 examples of the aircraft, deliveries this year will be close to last year’s 38–but this time the backlog is much stronger: “We have sold 95 percent of the planned production,” Chabbert said.