SAM receives STC

WICHITA, Kan. — Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics reports that the FAA has granted a Part 23 Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the MD302 Standby Attitude Module (SAM).

The AML STC joins a growing list of existing Part 23, 25 and 27 STCs, ranging from single engine pistons to advanced twin turboprops, light business jets and rotorcraft.

“Supplemental Type Certificates can help service centers when completing an installation on a field-approval basis,” said Tom Genovese, Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics Director of Sales. “The straight-forward STC installation instructions may reduce the need for engineering, ultimately making the process easier and reducing cost for the aircraft operator, and it compliments our existing TSO certification.”

In addition to the newly announced AML STC, many of the company’s dealers have initiated their own STC certification, he noted.

“Our dealers’ interest in completing STC certification speaks volumes about the product’s strength and their confidence in its marketability,” added Genovese. E

xisting STC holders include Nextant Aerospace, Elliott Aviation and The University of North Dakota.

SAM is a 2-inch, self-contained, solid-state instrument that provides attitude, altitude, airspeed and slip information to the pilot during normal operation or in the case of primary instrument failure.

The standby attitude module is specifically designed to fit in less panel space than a standard set of 2-inch mechanical attitude, altitude and airspeed indicators. The two-screen display features selectable horizontal and vertical orientation, allowing flexible cockpit installation without extensive rearrangement of equipment or the need for re-certification of relocated avionics, according to company officials.

Weighing 1.6 pounds, SAM is lighter than the three mechanical units it is designed to replace, officials add.

SAM is designed to interface seamlessly with most primary avionics systems and is capable of synchronizing data, such as barometric pressures, from standard ARINC outputs.

Designed, certified and manufactured in Wichita, list price is $10,812 and includes a 2-year limited warranty.

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