Avionics

Video: Premier Diesel Conversion »

Premier Aircraft, a well-known Florida aircraft sales and modification house, is offering a diesel 172 with a diesel conversion. AVweb took a test flight in it recently and prepared this video report. More

What If There's a Glass Tax? »

Another harebrained theory from our resident blogger. Did the advent of glass panels tank aircraft sales? The data sure looks curious. More

Video: Garmin's Wireless Cockpit Flight Trial »

The Garmin Flight Stream wireless data hub connects the Pilot tablet computer app with a variety of onboard avionics systems, including the Garmin GTN and GNS panel navigators and the GDL88/84 ADS-B transceivers. In this video, "Aviation Consumer" editor Larry Anglisano, along with Garmin's Jessica Koss, goes flying with the system in the company Cirrus for a hands-on demo. More

Video: NASA's CFIT App »

At AirVenture Oshkosh this year, volunteer pilots helped test-fly a simulator connected to a new GA version of NASA's automatic ground-collision avoidance system cellphone app. The space agency hopes releasing this technology to all pilots will prevent future CFITs. More

Video: BendixKing KI-300 Digital Attitude Indicator »

Many vintage and even newer BendixKing autopilots require the pricey vacuum-driven mechanical KI-256 attitude gyro, which can be real money to overhaul or replace. BendixKing has a modern alternative with the KI-300 solid-state, MEMS-based digital attitude display. In this video, "Aviation Consumer" editor Larry Anglisano takes a look at the instrument with BendixKing's Roger Dykeman while at AirVenture 2015 in Oshkosh. More

Video: Garmin's Bluetooth Audio Control Panel »

Garmin's new GMA350C-series Bluetooth audio panel has direct wireless connection with smartphones and the Garmin Pilot tablet app for iPad and Android devices. Aviation Consumer editor Larry Anglisano plugged in to the system for a demo with Jessica Koss from Garmin while at AirVenture 2015 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. More

BendixKing Introduces KI-300 Retrofit Electronic Attitude Gyro »

At AirVenture 2015 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, BendixKing announced a replacement for the venerable KI-256 mechanical attitude gyro—the KI-300 retrofit electronic attitude gyro. Starting at $4995, the KI-300 is aimed at a wide variety of applications and promises to solve expensive repair and overhaul intervals of the vacuum-driven KI-256 instrument, while also increasing reliability since it doesn't rely on the vacuum system. More

Aspen Avionics Acquires Accord Technology »

Aspen Avionics announced this week that it has acquired Accord Technology, a U.S.-based company that supplies certified GPS receivers for the aviation market, mostly for use in mandate-compliant ADS-B equipment. Accord has been an assembly and distribution arm for Accord India, which develops and manufactures GPS receivers for a broad range of markets. More

Video: TKM Avionics' Return to Market »

After several years of market silence, Scottsdale, Arizona-based TKM Avionics is under new ownership and says it's working hard to improve the factory support of existing TKM slide-in radios while also planning an improved product line. "Aviation Consumer" editor Larry Anglisano talked with TKM's Joe Gavin at Sun 'n Fun 2015 in Lakeland, Florida, for an update on the company. More

How MEMS Get Educated »

Without these clever little motion sensors, the modern AHRS-driven EFIS might not exist, much less at an affordable price. But right out of the box, these chips aren't so smart. More