After a lengthy certification process, Montana-based uAvionix announced today that it has earned STC approval via AML (approved model list) for installation of its wingtip ADS-B/position lighting system for 272 aircraft models. It plans to ship the product immediately to buyers who have preordered.
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) warning pilots of potential display resets in Aspen Evolution EFD1000 Primary Flight Display (PFD), EFD1000 Multi-Function Display (MFD) and EFD500 MFD units. According to the SAIB, affected systems will repeatedly reset themselves at five- to ten-minute intervals, resulting in the temporary loss of all flight display information for up to one minute during each reset.
uAvionix has announced a manufacturers rebate on some of its ADS-B products for light sport and experimental aircraft. The FAAs ADS-B rebate program excludes non-certified products, yet this is often the most affordable solution for experimental and LSA aircraft owners, said uAvionix CEO Paul Beard.
As we reported earlier, the FAA is reinstating its $500 rebate for equipage with ADS-B Out as an incentive for aircraft operators to get the new gear installed before the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline. The agency has set aside $4.9 million for the program, which will ease the financial impact on 9,800 aircraft owners and operators.
AVwebs weekly news roundup found reports of recently released drone strike research, the launch of a mobile avionics and maintenance service, an improved propeller blade measuring system, a new flight animation system, a free safety webinar and a discussion of international pilot medical standards.
After talking with shops immersed in ADS-B upgrade projects, it seems that transponder-based ADS-B Out retrofits are the leading solutions when it comes to ADS-B compliance. uAvionix looks to be aggressively pursuing that market with a new ADS-B chipset that can change the footprint of the GA transponder as we know it.