July 28, 2011
By Dave Hirschman
Lancair Evolution kits will come with the same avionics package in the future: Garmin G900X integrated avionics suites, GFC 7X autopilots, and L-3 Trilogy glass-panel standby displays.
"These are fully digital glass panels with no analog instruments at all," said Lancair’s Doug Meyer, announcing the standard avionics package the company calls EFC900X (for Evolution Flight Control 900X). "The Trilogy standby instrument is a mini-PFD that provides a seamless transition in the event of a display failure."
The GFC 7X autopilot is a noncertified version of Garmin's GFC 700, the standard autopilot for G1000-equipped airplanes. Its software was customized for the Lancair Evolution, a pressurized single-engine, four-seat turboprop with a top speed of more than 300 knots. About 38 Evolution kits have been sold and 10 aircraft completed.
The new instrument panel raises the Evolution kit price about $50,000 to $545,000.
Lancair officials said the move is designed to increase safety and standardization and allow greater factory support in the future.
"Lancair will develop a level of field support that's unprecedented in our industry," Meyer said. "We'll be able to troubleshoot airplanes from the factory regardless of where the aircraft are located."
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