March 26, 2010
Eclipse Aerospace’s EA500 very light jet has been approved for installation of electronic charts and XM WX Satellite Weather. Innovative Solutions & Support (IS&S) of Exton, Pa., announced that it has earned FAA supplemental-type-certificate (STC) approval to install its Class 3 electronic chart and datalink weather upgrade to the EA500’s Avio NG integrated cockpit system.
The IS&S enhancement provides geo-referenced airplane position information superimposed on Jeppesen en route charts and airport diagrams, as well as Jeppesen approach, arrival, and departure charts.
IS&S also offers the Class 3 electronic charts and satellite weather functions in the Cessna Citation line, Dassault Falcon Jets’ Falcon 2000, Pilatus’ PC-12, and all Vantage Cockpit/IP systems. A paperless cockpit can be achieved with the addition of a second chart server, says IS&S.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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