THE AVIONICS OF AIRVENTURE 2009
To say that EAA AirVenture 2009 was a rich environment for
avionics would be an understatement. The avionics introduced
at the show were as good as or better than previous years,
with some noteworthy additions.
Bendix/King AV8OR ACE–In the area of portables, Bendix/King introduced its
new AV8OR ACE ($1,999). The unit, which follows the same format at the AV8OR
introduced last year with the same ease of use, comes with geo-referenced FAA
charts. The charts include high and low en route charts, approach plates, and
airport diagrams, as well as visual flight rules sectionals.
The charts are available from Seattle Avionics Software, and the unit integrates with the company’s Voyager Flight Software System to provide the safest,
most efficient route. The new AV8OR ACE includes all of the capabilities found in
previous AV8OR portables, including a wide area augmentation system (WAAS)
GPS, car navigation, regional databases, airport information including fuel pricing, as well as interfaces for traffic and XM weather provided by Wx Worx.
www.BendixKing.com/AV8OR/ACE/ or call 877-712-2386.
L- 3 Trilogy ESI-1000–With the advent
of more electronic flight displays, there
have usually been three legacy gauges
providing altitude, attitude, and airspeed to act as the backup should the
electronic displays all fail at the same
time. L- 3 has introduced a wunderkind instrument to replace these three
devices with one integrated unit that
matches the electronic panels.
The Trilogy ESI-1000 ($15,000) uses
a primary flight display (PFD) format
showing an electronic horizon with
airspeed and altitude displayed in a
3.7-inch diagonal display system. The
device includes an integrated air data
computer and solid-state altitude sensor, with an optional external magnetometer for heading information. The
advantage is a single location to scan to
maintain altitude, attitude, and airspeed
in a familiar format for people who fly
behind an electronic flight display.
At present, the unit is designed to
use the emergency bus of glass panel
aircraft. However, L- 3 is working on a
battery backup system that will further
supplement the ability of the ESI-1000
to act as a lifeline to reach the ground
in the event of a catastrophic electrical
trilogy / 800-253-9525.
Dynon SkyView–Dynon introduced its
new SkyView integrated avionics suite.
Planned are 7-or 10-inch screen configurations and the units will come with
a battery backup and ADAHRS module.
Delivery is expected toward the end
of 2009, with the new PFD system
providing synthetic vision, a moving
map with terrain, an integrated engine
monitor, autopilot, as well as a radio
and transponder interface. The price of
the new system was not yet finalized.
Aspen EFD1000–Aspen Avionics broke the mold of the primary flight display (PFD)
a few years ago by designing a version that fit most existing panels. It now has
a multifunction display (MFD) poised for approval. The EFD1000 MFD ($7,995) is
designed with the same fit and form as its PFD unit, to work side by side and provide a color moving map, as well as XM Weather, traffic, and terrain on one display.
A reversionary emergency PFD mode is included, along with built-in air data
altitude heading reference systems (ADAHRS), backup battery, and emergency
GPS receiver. The unit provides a base map with a sectional styled map, and it can
provide either a full-screen display or a display with two or three windows at the
same time. Certification is expected this fall.
For more information, visit
www.AspenAvionics.com or call 888-992-7736.