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.
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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