Capstone MFD display shows AOPA Bonanza parked on the AOPA ramp while N31920 is turning onto Taxiway B.
The Capstone avionics package, now being tested in Alaska, will be demonstrated this Saturday during the AOPA Fly-In and Open House at AOPA headquarters on the Frederick (Maryland) Municipal Airport (FDK). The innovative system promises affordable traffic and weather information in general aviation cockpits. The system will be demonstrated in the AOPA Bonanza, which will be part of the 50-aircraft static display. The Capstone package, built around a UPS-AT MX20 multifunction display, can show near-real-time weather radar and other weather information uplinked from the ground. The system can display other ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast)-equipped aircraft both in the air and on the ground, which will help in preventing midair collisions and runway incursions. The system also includes a detailed terrain and obstruction database that can provide the pilot with an advanced warning of a possible collision with the ground.