AEA Opens In New Orleans

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The aviation trade show season officially kicked off in New Orleans on Monday as the Aircraft Electronic Association opened its 60th annual convention and trade show. The show is typically attended by about 2000 manufacturers, repair station representatives and avionics shops hoping to see the latest innovations in avionics and catching up on training and installation techniques.

The highlight of the show is Monday’s product introduction session, which featured 28 presenters, a somewhat lower number than we’ve seen in previous years. We saw no major new products this year, but two companies, L-3 and Avidyne, showed enhancements to existing products and several other companies announced utility products such as power converters, data boxes and cabin connectivity products. NavWorx, which has been bickering with the FAA over ADS-B approvals, announced two revised (but not new) ADS-B products, including the $1499 ADS600-B and the $2020 ADS600-B that includes an onboard WAAS GPS source. More on those later in the week.

Avidyne announced its long-awaited software revision (R10.2) that adds synthetic vision and in-cockpit wireless capability to its IFD500-series navigators. From L-3 comes a major revision of its Lynx ADS-capable transponders that similarly adds a host of features, including traffic alerting, Stormscope display capability and terrain display. L-3 plans to have TCAS I traffic available on the Lynx later this year. Look for video reports on these products and others as AVweb’s coverage of the AEA show continues this week.

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