Avionics

Ship's Weather Radar Upgrades »

There’s no question that weather radar maintenance and upgrades can be pricey—potentially several thousands of dollars for repair—and tens of thousands for upgrade. On the other hand, ship’s radar can expand your mission. More

AVmail: September 16, 2013 »

Shelley Rosenbaum Lipman writes: "I was interested in the article on the KSN770 published in the Sept. 13 AVwebFlash, in which it states that 'graybeards may still prefer [to use] a transfer key' as opposed to using touchscreen controls. I'm not a graybeard (is there a politically-correct term for female pilots, too?), but I am a human-factors engineer, and I'm always amazed at the proliferation of touchscreen and data-entry techniques in today's avionics." ... Click through to read the rest of this letter and other mail from AVweb readers. More

Video: Bendix/King KSN770 Flight Trial »

The Bendix/King KSN770 retrofit FMS trickles down from the Honeywell Apex integrated flight management system. It has a flexible feature set and an open architecture. More

Bendix King KSN770 Safety Display »

For years Garmin has owned the retrofit GPS market but Bendix King hopes to change that with the KSN770. It has a combination of touch and hard controls, open architecture and a familiar feature set. More

Podcast: Avionics -- Good Pilots Not Required? »

The definition of what it means to be a good pilot may be changing. AVweb speaks with former Northwest captain and Embry-Riddle educator Jack Panosian to explore the question of what's more important in keeping passengers alive: stick and rudder skills or systems management. More

Modern Flight Systems Redefining Good Pilots »

After two recent high-profile crashes (UPS and Asiana Airlines Flight 214), both involving fatalities, media reports have questioned the role of automation in the cockpit and in the opinion of former Northwest Captain and current Embry Riddle educator Jack Panosian, those concerns may not be unfounded. Panosian told AVweb Thursday that his observation is that stick and rudder skills may be falling down the list of important assets required by professional pilots -- but that's not entirely bad. Modern jets, he says, generally are not hand-flown aircraft and some have been designed from the outset to be flown for nearly the entire flight on automation. More

Not Bullish on AoA Indicators (Yet) »

The latest wave of group think in aviation is washing over angle of attack indicators. Several companies are producing them. But unless the industry gets serious about training to use these gadgets, they may not have much effect. More

NavWorx Certifies ADS-B Receiver »

As the ADS-B mandate draws nearer, the market for certified ADS-B equipment is heating up. This month, Texas-based NavWorx announced that it has just obtained FAA TSO approval for its ADS600-B, a Universal Access Transceiver that provides both ADS-B In and Out capability and meets the 2020 mandate. More

Video: Electronics International Unveils New Multi-Purpose Instrument »

While old airframes may keep soldiering on, the instruments and radios in the panels usually don't. At AirVenture this year, Electronics International rolled out a new instrument designed to replace older instruments, including tachometers, engines instruments, and other indicators. In this video, EI's Tyler Speed gives us a quick product tour of the new CGR-30P. More

Autopilot Repairs: Worth a Try »

Avidyne’s drop-in DFC90 betters the performance of an existing S-TEC 55. For some older systems, rebuilding is cheaper than replacement. More