Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sweet Harmonizin’

Raising the bar on a history of quality, performance, handling and comfort

Keeping A Tight Ship
There's so much more to praise, but alas my page space runneth over. Some personal faves: Interior fit and finish is first class. Roomy seat-back pockets, a tray/cupholder in easy reach in front of each seat and side pockets on the doors are thoughtful and handy accessories. A cigarette-lighter-style DC soc-ket powers portable gear, and cabin air cooling is augmented with eyeball vents right where you want them at the lower corners of the windscreen.

The GA-style popout circuit breaker panels are right where you like them, too: directly in front of the pilot. The entire panel layout is thoughtful, tidy and well engineered. Everything is reachable and mounted logically.

Harmony, like the Max, is available fully IFR equipped, with optional FAA certified instruments in place of the TL elektronic Integra EFIS and EMS paneled version I flew.

Evektor manifests a, "Have it your way," instrumentation philosophy. Art Tarola says every Harmony panel can be completely configured to customer specifications, whether with Dynon, TruTrak, TL elektronic, Garmin, Bendix King, etc.

My appreciation for Evektor grows with every new release of its established SportStar line. Solid aerodynamics, construction and factory commitment ensure its ongoing reputation as one of the premium S-LSA offerings in its class. With more than 100 U.S. sales to date, the company continues its commitment to producing top-notch, elegant, stable touring/training airplanes.

ZAON PCAS system |
Ever had a near-miss in the air? It's scary...and can happen so easily, even when you've got your eyeballs outside the cage. Zaon Flight Systems makes two models that employ its trademarked, fourth-generation technology to give those eyes in the back of your head even more acuity than your regular ones. PCAS stands for Portable Collision Avoidance System, and it works just like more expensive, panel-dedicated TCAS systems common in GA aircraft: It monitors the airspace and alerts you when other aircraft are in your vicinity.

The two models, XRX ($1,495) and MRX ($549) are both portable and differ principally in how precisely they report location information. The XRX displays distance, altitude and position relative to you. The MRX gives distance and altitude only.

Here's a brief synopsis of how traffic-detection technology works: Transponder-equipped aircraft are detected and ranged, and the altitude is decoded and displayed relative to your position. That's it. Any aircraft within the maximum detection window of six miles will signal an alert—even military aircraft. The XRX uses patent-pending SmartLogic algorithms to tell you which of two or more targets is the greatest threat at any given time.

Labels: LSAsPilot Reports


Add Comment