AOPA's 2001 Bonanza Sweepstakes - Nov. 21 Pictures and Commentary

November 11, 2009

Pictures and Commentary

Nov. 21 - The Sweepstakes Bonanza will be celebrating Thanksgiving in Mineral Wells, Texas-and it will stay there until the Meggitt electronic flight information system (EFIS) receives supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for installation.

Although there appear to be some approval problems looming on the horizon, Meggit/S-Tec and AOPA are working to address the FAA's concerns about the electronic reference gyros that are part of the air data, attitude, and heading reference system (ADAHRS).

In the meantime, the day-to-day work that's part of an STC application goes on. Technicians at Meggitt/S-Tec have built an instrument panel that will stand in for the panel that's installed in N2001B during structural testing. And they're busy completing the interconnect drawings that supply the wiring specifics for the STC.

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Meggitt/S-Tec technicians have built an instrument panel that's identical to this one for structural testing, which is required to gain STC approval for the EFIS installation. This panel was built by technicians at J. A. Air Center in West Chicago.

Meggitt Avionics S-Tec