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of America's newest offering, the RoadRunner all-in-one
electronic flight instrument for helicopters. Astronautics
said the RoadRunner is an easily installed form-fit-function
upgrade for rotorcraft, offering operators the increased reliability and functionality of moving from electromechanical
instruments and legacy EFIs to modern digital displays .
The new RoadRunner EFI features an internal helicopter
terrain awareness and warning system and synthetic vision
system, providing operators a real-time, three-dimensional
rendering of terrain .
The new product is designed to replace legacy 5-inch
electromechanical indicators and aging EFIS systems . It's
intended for medium to heavy helicopters and fixed-wing
aircraft, and can require as little as a single day to install,
according to the company . It also has built-in growth capabilities, including the ability to load update software without
removing the instrument and comes with an upgrade path
for cockpit display of traffic information using Automatic
Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast technology .
As a device designed for the upgrade environment, the
Astronautics RoadRunner accepts both analog and digital
interfaces, works with existing radios and is compatible
with the autopilots on targeted platforms . The company
expects to receive supplemental type certificate approval
from the FAA by the end of 2016, with customer deliveries
beginning shortly thereafter .
For more information, visit astronautics .com .
the company said .
In addition, Avidyne said its forthcoming IFD550 FMS/
GPS/NAV COM and IFD545 GPS-only FMS will have the
same functionality of the current IFD540 and previouslyannounced IFD510 respectively, but with the ARS . The
IFD550/545 also will give pilots the option to toggle off the
SVS capabilities and view a traditional blue-over-brown
attitude display . The presentation can include an overlay
of horizontal and vertical course deviation indicators and a
total velocity vector/flight path marker.
Avidyne also announced the IFD100, an iPad-based app
giving pilots a new tool that wirelessly connects to their IFD4x
or IFD5x FMS units and allows them to be controlled remotely .
The company intends to roll out its Release 10 .2 software later this year, pending final certification. The new
IFD550 and IFD545 with ARS, and the GPS-only IFD510
and IFD410 models, will be available at that same time .
For more information, visit avidyne .com .
Tom Harper, Avidyne's director of marketing, briefed AEA
Convention attendees on his company's latest improvements to its IFD-series of WAAS-enabled GPS flight management systems . The Avidyne products include the IFD5x
models of large-format, moving-map GPS navigators, plus
the smaller IFD4x models . Harper said the company is
adding an attitude reference system to its latest versions,
along with a new synthetic vision capability .
The new capabilities will be available as part of a forthcoming Release 10 .2 software upgrade for the FMS units,
which will enable display of what the company calls "exocentric in-trail" SVS, including flight plan overlay, color-contoured terrain, obstacles, full-color 3-D traffic and terrain
warnings . Avidyne said its SVS implementation will
provide database-driven, three-dimensional
views of the aircraft and its surrounding
terrain, obstacles, traffic, airports and
other navaids . It's "designed to provide
significant improvements to situational
awareness, even in instrument conditions,"
Germany-based Avionik Straubing was founded in 1977,
and has grown to 60 employees . It holds FAA and EASA
Part 145 certifications and performs installations and maintenance, plus environmental testing . The company also
manufacturers avionics, and brought to the AEA Convention its LPV/VNAV Converter designed for existing EFIS
installations lacking the ability to display glideslope information during a GPS-based approach .
The dual-FMS-capable LPV/VNAV Converter resolves
incompatibilities present when an aircraft is equipped with
an EFIS system and an SBAS-capable (WAAS/EGNOS)
FMS/GPS with an ARINC 429 interface. Configurations Avionik Straubing highlighted include the Honeywell SPZ-5000
in Cessna 525 business jets or a Thales system in Airbus
EC135/145 helicopters . According to the company, the target EFIS system expects to receive ARINC 429 information
but is presented with data over the NAV
channel. To resolve the conflict,
Avionik Straubing's LPV/VNAVConverter extracts the ARINC
429 and DME data from the
stream and fits ARINC labels
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