Cobalt picks SmartDeck for new Co50

Esterline CMC Electronics’ SmartDeck avionics suite has been selected by Cobalt Aircraft Industries, of Saguenay, Quebec, as standard on the new Co50 five-place, single-engine aircraft.

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PS Engineerings brings back ‘Plug and Pay-No Pay’

PS Engineering is bringing back its incentive program known as “Plug ‘N Play – No Pay.” Aircraft owners with a GMA340 audio selector panel can upgrade to one of the PMA8000 series audio panels without installation labor costs, as part of the limited time offer.

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Astronics delivers 600th Max-Viz Enhanced Vision System to Cirrus

EAST AURORA, N.Y. — Astronics Corp. has delivered the 600th Max-Viz enhanced vision system for installation on Cirrus SR22 airplanes.

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Evolution integration kit for Avidyne DFC90 autopilot approved for C-182s

Aspen Avionics has received FAA STC approval for installation of the Avidyne DFC90 Digital Autopilot into Cessna 182s when interfaced with Aspen’s Evolution 1000 Pro Primary Flight Display (PFD).

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SoCal Jets adds avionics service

SoCal Jets, an aviation maintenance and repair facility at the Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California, now offers avionics service and support.

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ADS-B: Twice as nice

This is the 12th in a series of articles looking at the impact of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) on GA pilots.

Are two systems better than one? For Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, the cornerstone of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), the answer is yes and no.

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GA already benefiting from NextGen

General aviation is benefiting from changes to the switch to NextGen — think WAAS instrument approaches and T-routes — but the FAA needs to lay out a clear case for equipping aircraft with affordable systems to offer new benefits. That’s what the National Business Aviation Association’s Ed Bolen told a Congressional panel last week, according to a report at AOPA.org. “The FAA could alleviate lingering user uncertainty about costs and benefits of equipping aircraft early in the transition by laying out a clear case that firmly establishes system requirements, incentivizes early adoption, and provides accountability through the establishment of a comprehensive timeline and budget,” the report quotes Bolen.

WingX Pro7 upgraded

Hilton Software has introduced a Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS) with Look Ahead Protection to WingX Pro7 for iPad and iPhone. WingX Pro7’s new GPWS warning system alerts pilots to an impending or immediate danger of impacting terrain or an obstacle, company officials said.

WingX Pro7 Version 6.8 also adds new FlightShare technology enabling pilots to share flight information between devices, two-pilot crews, and between a student and a flight instructor.

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Aspen Avionics debuts Evolution Pilot H for helicopters

Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the Evolution Flight Display system and creator of Connected Panel technology, has introduced the new EFD1000H Pilot Primary Flight Display (PFD) for helicopters.

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What comes after GPS?

A report at Avionics Today notes that while GPS has more worldwide users than ever, safety and security concerns have insiders looking for what should replace it. The report details those safety and security concerns, as well as puts forth several ideas for the next big thing.