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Avidyne DFC90 cleared for integrated Skylane installations

Article | Oct 04, 2012

A supplemental type certificate announced Oct. 2 allows Avidyne DFC90 digital autopilot installations in Cessna 182-series aircraft equipped with Aspen Avionics Evolution 1000 Pro primary flight displays.

Avidyne discusses GNS430 replacement

Article | Jul 23, 2012

Avidyne Corp. provided additional information about its IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM at EAA AirVenture on July 23. Designed as a plug-and-play replacement for Garmin GNS430-series navigators, Avidyne said the IFD440 can reduce installation cost and downtime for customers who want to add a touch-screen display or who are upgrading avionics to obtain Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems/Localizer Performance Vertical Guidance (SBAS/LPV) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities.

Dynon offers 'Pocket Panel' for GA pilots

Article | Jul 23, 2012

Until now Dynon marketing director Robert Hamilton classified pilots in two categories: pilots who thought his avionics were too inexpensive, and those who thought they were too expensive. The ones who thought they weren't expensive enough were pilots of Part 23 certificated airplanes. Now, he has a battery powered attitude indicator with internal GPS called the Dynon D1 Pocket Panel that can be used by both categories of pilots.

Minnesota Supreme Court sides with Cirrus in fatal crash

Article | Jul 20, 2012

The estate of a pilot killed with a passenger in a 2003 crash near Hill City, Minn., will not collect damages from Cirrus Aircraft, following a decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court July 18 that upheld an appellate ruling in favor of the aircraft maker. The crash resulted from spatial disorientation on a night VFR flight into IMC, according to the NTSB, and the pilot's family blamed Cirrus for failing to provide a lesson on the topic.

Italian ambassador takes to American skies

Advocacy | Jul 12, 2012

Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero is an active pilot, so when he struck up a conversation with AOPA President Craig Fuller about Italy's recent moves to reverse a new luxury tax on general aviation, a visit to AOPA headquarters - and some aviation - seemed appropriate.

Event at 'hidden gem' takes 258 passengers aloft

Article | Jun 05, 2012

Near-perfect weather and an enthusiastic crowd were an ideal recipe for Learn to Fly Day at the Frederick (Md.) Municipal Airport on June 2. The event, sponsored by AOPA and the airport, drew an estimated 600 people throughout the day; volunteer pilots flew 258 passengers.

Avidyne autopilot interface latest collaboration for Aspen

Article | Mar 29, 2012

Aspen Avionics has made collaboration--including with competitors--a key part of its brand and culture. The Albuquerque-based company announced a partnership more than a year ago with Bendix/King for developing the interface of the KSN770 flight management system, even though Bendix/King makes primary flight displays and other cockpit displays that may compete with Aspen's Evolution line of low-cost primary and multifunction displays.

Aspen avionics available on Robinson helicopters

Article | Feb 13, 2012

Aspen Avionics Evolution glass cockpits will be offered on Robinson R22, R44, and turbine R66 models. The Evolution primary flight display will be a factory option late this year. Aspen Avionics systems are already available on the Bell 206 and Eurocopter AS350.

Garmin releases twin-turbine heli glass cockpit

Article | Feb 13, 2012

The Garmin G5000H glass cockpit for twin-turbine, medium-lift helicopters was announced at Heli-Expo in Dallas Feb. 12. It combines widescreen displays with voice command, 3-D spatial audio that helps a pilot differentiate among several communication sources, and touchscreen technology.

Hawker Beechcraft protests trainer contract

Article | Feb 08, 2012

After Embraer's A-29 Super Tucano won a bidding contest worth $355 million over Hawker Beechcraft's AT-6, HBC was stunned. The company launched an all-out effort to review and reverse the decision, but Sierra Nevada Corp., which partnered with Embraer for the Super Tucano bid, says the Air Force got it right.