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SO, YOU WANT TO GO GLASS? Lots of shops are getting business these days adapting older panels to modern glass, in the view of many a good thing. But, what steps should owners take beyond replacing some of the old round-face analog instruments with rectangular digital units? Add a standby power solution? Chances are most of the air-powered stuff is going away, but the airplane still has only one electrical system.

WHAT TO DO?

GOING GLASS
S T O R Y B Y D A V E H I G D O N

hey’re aviation’s equivalent of home theater for the living room, high-resolution on the computer screen or supercharger power in the family sedan. But, it’s the function, not merely the form, which pilots and aircraft owners increasingly covet in the colorful capabilities of the modern, solid-state glass cockpit. That’s “glass” as in all-electronic flight instruments, hazard and navigation displays – even for powerplant instrumentation. This interest stems from far more than a love of gadgetry or the bright, color-rich displays, which, in reality, are merely the visual reflection of a revolutionary evolution in aircraft sensors. What we see on the displays is the icing. The cake holds the real benefits of the solid-state sensors and digital electronics, such as great reliability, higher accuracy and longer life compared to the mechanical analog gear replaced. However, the icing still serves as the interface used by the machines behind the screens to communicate parameter status to the pilot. Consider the prospect of converting a customer’s panel to digital from analog as three separate, intertwined steps.
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Help the aircraft owner select solutions that match with the aircraft, flying habits and needs of the pilot. 2. The difference in what powers the glass stack opens an opportunity to further enhance flight safety with a touch of panel-powering redundancy in the aircraft. 3. The different functions and presentations beg for focused transition training for the pilot moving into glass from the round-the-panel world of analog. The net result likely will be a happy customer prepared to safely use the new hardware, secure in the knowledge that failures are rare and with backup capability to counter such rare events. STEP 1 – PICKING THE PACKAGE: ASSESS NEED, BUDGET & PROCEED More options exist today than ever before for upgrading to glass-panel technology with options suitable for the widest range of aircraft ever available. The buy-in, consequently, ranges from bargain level to business-turbine stratospheric, and the prices tend to match well with aircraft at each level. For example, the driver of an older Beech Musketeer,

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Avionics News July 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News July 2012

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View From Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Going Glass
Member Profile
Extra Avionics
Member Profile
Glass Panel Upgrades
Aviation Aces
Business Basics
Member Profile
A Conversation With...
Making A Difference
Theory & Practice
Legal Ease
Meet the AEA Staff
What's New
Marketplace Classifies
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Avionics News July 2012 - AEA Now
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Avionics News July 2012 - The View From Washington
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Avionics News July 2012 - International News and Regulatory Updates
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Avionics News July 2012 - Going Glass
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Avionics News July 2012 - Making A Difference
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