February 22, 2010
By Thomas A. Horne
L-3 Communications’ Avionics Systems division has certified the company’s Trilogy ESI-1000 electric standby instrument for installation in helicopters. It can serve as a backup should the aircraft’s primary flight instruments fail.
The Trilogy has its own integrated air data computer, solid-state attitude sensor and can be ordered with an optional external magnetometer for heading information. The Trilogy depicts attitude, altitude, airspeed, and heading information (if accompanied by the magnetometer).
The helicopter version of the Trilogy is calibrated from 20 to 350 knots and -1,500 to 55,000 feet. It can detect roll rates up to 100 degrees per second. The instrument measures four inches wide by three inches high, weighs 2.75 pounds, and its list price is $15,000.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
Nextant Aerospace, adding a remanufactured King Air to its remanufactured Hawker 400 offering, says the King Air (Nextant G90XT) will fly early next year.
Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of airports and state advocacy, brought Indiana aviation community members up to date on the association’s initiatives.
Elbit Systems has upgraded infrared systems that see through darkness and weather for nearly visual landings and takeoffs, as well as taxi operations.
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