June 22, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Honeywell will provide its Primus Elite cockpit displays for Cessna’s Citation X aircraft beginning in 2011. Primus Elite converts the existing cathode ray tube (CRT) displays to LCD displays.
The five panel LCD displays incorporate internal computing power allowing operators to access functionality only available in newer aircraft. Honeywell’s Primus Elite will also be available as an optional service bulletin upgrade through the Cessna Citation Service Center network for in-service Citation Xs.
There are approximately 300 Citation X aircraft in service around the world that are eligible for the Primus Elite upgrade.
“New features will include XM graphical weather in the United States and southern Canada, Jeppesen electronic charts and maps with aircraft position displayed worldwide, and video displays through a cursor-driven, on-screen interface,” said Honeywell official Chad Cundiff.
Connecticut lawmakers have voted to recognize Gustave Whitehead as the first pilot to achieve powered flight. The bill awaits the governor’s signature, and marks the latest round in a newly revived debate.
Waco Classic Aircraft Corp. officially unveiled the first conforming new production Great Lakes 2T-1A-2, an aerobatic biplane.
Brazil’s brand-new Wega arrived in the United States in April. The Wega is an all-composite, Experimental-category airplane built in the Santa Catarina district in Brazil.