L-3 Avionics showed off its new, full-featured electronic standby instrument system at EAA AirVenture July 20. Dubbed the Genesis ESI-500, this instrument is basically L-3’s already-popular Trilogy on steroids. The base unit runs $6,100, but the add-ons can turn the Genesis into an all-in-one display that can act like a small version of a high-end primary flight display.
For example, heading information on a horizontal indicator tape can be added by purchasing L-3’s MAG-500, $1,570 magnetometer. Software to provide synthetic vision and terrain and obstacle warnings lists for another $1,300. And navigation software listing for $670 will let you shoot ILS and GPS approaches—all on the same instrument. The instrument fits in standard panel cutouts, L-3 said.
Standard features include altitude and airspeed tapes, a vertical speed indicator, a slip-skid indicator, and track information. The ESI-500 also comes with an internal lithium battery that will power the instrument in the event of a loss of ship’s power.