Xerion Gets STC For Bonanza Engine Monitors

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Xerion Avionix of Canandaigua, N.Y., on Monday received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) to install its AuRACLE line of full-color, digital engine monitors in virtually every model of Beechcraft Bonanza.

Last July, Xerion earned an STC for the Bonanza A36, and company vice president Eric Hathaway told AVweb that they’ve submitted an application to get STC approval for the units in all Cessna and Piper single-engine aircraft, except for newer "glass panel" models that already have digital engine instrumentation. "The process of going from a single model certification to an approved model list brings up a lot of discussion about where the display is mounted in the panel," Hathaway said. "Now that we move into Cessna and Piper, we've already worked through the largest issue which is where is it going to be installed in the panel." That spot is right in the middle of the panel, and to date, 45 Bonanzas have been retrofitted with the AuRACLE. Hathaway said installation of the unit takes about 30-45 hours. The equipment is priced at between $5,450 and $6,300 depending on the size of the engine being monitored.