The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a rule prohibiting the certification, manufacture, importation and sale of Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs) that operate only on 121.5 MHz last week.
Most aircraft owners and operators are keenly aware of the rapidly approaching deadline to comply with the federal mandate on ADS-B installations. However, there is an additional aircraft technology wave upon us that also offers potentially significant advancements in aviation safety. This involves new digital 406 MHz emergency locator transmitters and since this new technology could also become a federal mandate, (in additional to saving your life), it is important to understand the technology, its advantages, and its costs.
Now that BendixKing's KSN770 retrofit navigator is certified and shipping, it's a worthy alternative to models from Garmin and Avidyne - while priced thousands less. But many buyers are unfamiliar with the KSN770's multi-function capabilities, its feature set, and its flight-planning capabilities. "Aviation Consumer" magazine editor Larry Anglisano put the KSN770 - and the company's other retrofit systems - on his test bench for a closer look.
406 MHz distress beacons are again gaining market popularity, and ACR Artex brought its new ELT1000 ELT to AirVenture 2014, along with a personal beacon that's budget-priced. In this AVweb Product Minute video, Artex's Mikele D'Arcangelo provides an overview.
The Aircraft Electronics Association opened in 57th annual convention in Nashville this week with good news: Avionics sales for 2013 were up 6.9% in 2013 over the previous year. In this video interview, AEA's Paula Derks says about 23 new products will be introduced in Nashville.
Larry Wheelock writes: "Regarding Shell's announcement that it has created an unleaded 100-octane aviation fuel: Once in production, and without knowing the ingredients, this should actually be lower in cost than 100LL for several reasons ... ." Click through to read the rest of this letter and other mail from AVweb readers.
Saturday, Oct. 5, at all three locations (Corona, Ca.; Peachtree City, Ga.; and Brantford, Ontario, Canada) Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Company will host Customer Appreciation Day, offering reduced pricing and representatives from some of aviation's leading product lines. Product demonstrations will be available from Garmin, Lightspeed, J.P. Instruments, Hartzell, Scheyden, PTI, Icom, Dynon and more. Pilots who are able to attend the aviation supply company's event will enjoy promotions, raffles and other events, along with some discounts. They may also be contributing to some good causes.