October 22, 2013
By Alton K. Marsh
Rockwell Collins now offers the Airshow 500—a 3-D moving map system for light business jets and the first one the company has made. The display comes with highly detailed worldwide maps and standard features, including passenger-selectable languages and adjustable settings.
The Airshow 500 is a modernized, lighter-weight drop-in replacement for the Airshow 410. It provides on-aircraft control of a wide variety of options, and it is compatible with legacy monitors as well as newer widescreen monitors with digital inputs. It is available in a flange mount option.
Using an onboard wireless access point connected to the Airshow 500, passengers using an app on their iPad will see a panorama view of the outside world from any direction the iPad is pointed, as well as interactive views including a user-controlled information ticker.
“Airshow 500 brings unprecedented value to the light business jet market with its wide breadth of features, capability and visual quality,” said Greg Irmen, a Rockwell Collins vice president.
It will be available by the end of the year.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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