When it comes to unzipping the belly of a Beechcraft King Air to install a sophisticated camera system or modifying classic Learjets with modern radios and new hushkits, the team at Avcon Industries in Newton, Kan., knows exactly what it takes to get such a project done.
Today at NBAA 2013, aircraft remanufacturer Nextant Aerospace revealed its next project–a King Air C90 outfitted with GE H80 turboprop engines, Garmin G1000 glass cockpit, zero-timed components, winglets, strakes and new paint and interior. Initial deliveries of the G90XT, a $2 million to $3 million like-new turboprop twin with single-lever power controls, will start later next year.
Beechcraft announced here in Las Vegas that it had added the Garmin G5000 flight deck as an option for its Hawker 400XPR upgrade program, in addition to adding a new wireless in-flight telecom option from Aircell, for both low- and high-occupancy aircraft.
Global aviation services provider Spirit Avionics (Booth No. C11248) recently reached a sales milestone when its global parts support division surpassed $10 million in sales in less than a year, a rate that equates to a 60-percent increase over the previous year’s tally. “This growing segment of our business is just another example of how Spirit Avionics is evolving into a world-class aviation services provider,” said Tony Bailey, the former CEO of Comlux Aviation Services, who was recently named as Spirit’s president.
Garmin unveiled a GPS watch, dubbed D2, designed specifically for aviators today. Features include direct-to and nearest functions; a built-in adjustable altimeter; altitude-alerting capabilities; the option to display both local and Zulu/UTC time; and the ability to integrate with Garmin’s iOS and Android Pilot apps and VIRB HD action camera. Customized data fields can also display GPS ground speed, GPS track, distance, estimated time en route, bearing and glide ratio. When used with the Pilot app, the D2 can load flight plans and create waypoints.
Elliott Aviation is working with Chippewa Aerospace on an STC to upgrade Hawker 800-series jets with the latest Phase V software for Honeywell Primus Epic CDS/R avionics. Elliott will seek its own STC for the NZ-2010 FMS 6.1 version 03040 software upgrade to the Hawker’s NZ-2000 FMS. These STCs will allow operators to fly Waas LPV approaches, although the CDS/R system isn’t required, as Waas LPV is available with the Hawker’s original SPZ-8000 avionics and the NZ-2000 software upgrade.
Cessna is completing certification flight-testing on its new $4.395 million M2 light jet and expects certification within “a few weeks,” company vice president Brad Thress told AIN. Earlier this week, Garmin provided the Wichita aircraft manufacturer with the final data load for the aircraft’s new Intrinzic cockpit, which features a touchscreen G3000 avionics system.
While the FAA mandate to install ADS-B out equipment for aircraft flying in U.S. airspace by Jan. 1, 2020 is more than six years away, aircraft operating in some countries’ airspace must be compliant starting this December. Avionics manufacturers are ready with equipment to meet the mandates and avionics shops and aircraft manufacturers are working on supplemental type certificates (STCs) to smooth the path for upgrades in many business jet types.
When I pushed the thrust levers forward for takeoff in the newest version of Cessna’s Citation Sovereign, not only did the big jet surge forward but something else interesting happened: at about 75 percent N1 the power levers moved forward on their own and set takeoff power precisely, rather than require Shannon Peterson, senior pilot flight operations, to make the fine adjustments for takeoff power. Shortly thereafter we reached rotation speed, I pitched into the V-bars on the flight director and the powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306Ds launched the Sovereign skyward.
FreeFlight Systems has interfaced its Model 1201 Waas/GPS sensor with the Garmin GTX 330 mode-S transponder to provide an additional 1090-MHz extended-squitter ADS-B Out upgrade solution for GTX 330 owners. The upgrade solution gives aircraft owners more ADS-B Out equipage choices, depending on their aircraft type, existing avionics and flying requirements. It also ensures compliance with the FAA’s Jan.