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expensive software modifications. The SR429 features light
weight (312 grams) and compact size (2.7-inch by 5.8-inch by
Aerospace Optics' NEXSYS products can work independently or be paired with VIVISUN lighted push-button switches
and indicators for specific applications. The first addition to
Aerospace Optics' new NEXSYS product line is in production
To learn more, visit vivisunavionics.com
Partly because a metal tube cruising at Mach 0.8 or greater
is a very challenging environment for quality audio, in-flight
entertainment has become a significant portion of the avionics
industry, aboard both commercial and private aircraft. To help
meet that market, ALTO Aviation offers a line of amplifiers,
speakers and complete surround-sound systems for any aircraft. The company's latest product line is the Acapella series
of keypads designed for headphone and speaker control by
passengers. The keypads come in five distinct versions.
The basic Acapella headphone keypad offers a stereo 3.5
mm output jack along with audio select and volume up/down
buttons. It can be mounted to a side ledge and includes a
removable bezel. The Acapella VIP keypads, meanwhile, are
four-button panels enabling speaker or headphone selection,
as well as source and volume controls. The Acapella Tethered
keypad is a hand-held unit with a 24-inch harness enabling
simplified installation and including the Acapella VIP's fourbutton controls. The fourth product is the Acapella Integrated
Audio/Visual Control keypad, which incorporates source selection capabilities compatible with monitors featuring internal
Rounding out ALTO Aviation's Acapella keyboard product
line is a replacement for the Baker Electronics Headphone
Controller DECU series, which are in widespread use. The
Acapella Baker DECU Replacement keypad is 100 percent
fit-compatible with the Baker units, according to the company,
and even allows reusing the existing mounting provisions. The
replacement keypads offer unique opportunities for updating
legacy IFE installations independent of any existing CMS/cabin
control systems, according to the company.
They do not require interior modifications, are easy to upgrade and
install and are compatible
with other components
in ALTO Aviation's
Acapella product line.
The keypads may be
used for new installations or as upgrades to
To learn more, visit
Appareo Systems is well-known throughout general
aviation as the manufacturer of the Stratus and Stratus II
portable ADS-B In receivers. Thanks to their popularity, the
company has developed a companion product, the Stratus
ESG transponder, a 1090 ES all-in-one ADS-B Out solution
with certified WAAS GPS aboard. The new transponder -
which is designed to connect to a Stratus II via cable - was
announced in April at the AEA Convention and targets general aviation's market for aircraft equipped with non-glasspanel flight instrumentation.
The Stratus ESG carries a retail price tag of $ 3,490,
which includes the transponder, external GPS antenna
and installation kit, making it one of the industry's most
affordable panel-mounted 1090 ES transponders with a
built-in WAAS GPS receiver. The Stratus ESG is a digital
transponder designed to replace older analog equipment
to an existing
should simplify installation,
Appareo Systems' Stratus ESG transponder
compared to a
978 UAT ADS-B Out solution.
Thanks to its ability to connect to a Stratus II ADS-B In
receiver, the Stratus ESG should provide pilots with seamless integration for both ADS-B In and Out. According to the
company, the portable Stratus II receives not only auxiliary
power, but also its ADS-B and GPS signals from the transponder's externally-mounted antennas for maximum reception when connected. When the Stratus ESG is used with a
Stratus II ADS-B In receiver and the ForeFlight Mobile EFB
app on an iPad tablet, the portable unit's built-in attitude and
heading reference system can provide a " glass-panel" experience in a " steam-gauge" airplane, according to Appareo.
The company said it is working with the FAA to complete
certification of the Stratus ESG later this year; the product's
availability is contingent on approval.
To learn more, visit appareo.com.
" The FAA has identified stall-margin awareness as a key
safety issue facing general aviation today," Perri Coyne,
Aspen Avionics' director of marketing operations, told
AEA Convention attendees. To address that issue, Aspen
announced what it called a " simple software upgrade for
Evolution displays" providing an integrated Angle of Attack
Indicator. Unlike other AoA indicators, Aspen's patent-pending solution seamlessly integrates the technology directly
onto its new and in-service Evolution primary flight and multifunction displays.
Perhaps unique among existing and advisory (nonre-
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