OSHKOSH — At AirVenture, Wipaire, Inc. reported the certification of the first “smart” amphibious gear advisory system. The system has been certified for installation in the Cessna 182 on Wipline 3000 floats.
The new system is centered around a laser array “eye,” which detects if the aircraft is over water or land, and can be combined with a second-generation gear selector and display (currently completing the certification process), company officials explained.
This functionality is also tied to a timer, which reminds the pilot to check the landing gear position if the gear is not raised within 60 seconds after takeoff. The intelligent warning system aids the pilot in the flurry of post-takeoff activity and increases safety by providing a reminder to ensure the gear is in the correct position for a given phase of flight, company officials said.
This feature is especially of note to pilots who routinely fly short flights from paved airports to a body of water.
The laser gear advisory system will be available in the fourth quarter of 2014 for the Cessna 182. Certification for additional models will follow.