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.
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.
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.
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.
ApDeV has released VORILS, a new smartphone app to assist pilots practice using VHF omnidirectional radio range (VOR) and Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) procedures.
Now available from Wicks Aircraft Supply is the Dynon D1 Pocket Panel, a portable EFIS for experimental, light-sport and certified aircraft.
IMC Club International will open additional chapters across the nation in the next few weeks. Pilots will gather at CP Aviation in Santa Paula, Calif., on Aug. 25; RedBird Skyport in San Marcos, Texas, on Sept. 13; and MotionAir Aviation on Sept. 14 in Midlothian, Texas, for inaugural meetings. Also, new chapters are planned for North Carolina, Nevada, Michigan, Alabama, and Nebraska.
Shadin Avionics recently delivered its 600th fuel flow system to Air Tractor, which manufactures agricultural aircraft. Air Tractor also announced that Shadin Microflo-L fuel flow systems will be standard on all aircraft deliveries going forward, Shadin officials said.
Garmin has unveiled new features and capabilities for the Garmin Pilot app, including support for the GDL 39 portable ADS-B receiver. When paired with a GDL 39, Garmin Pilot can display subscription-free weather and ADS-B datalink traffic information.