Sunday, May 1, 2005

May-June 2005 On The Radar

on the radarFinal numbers for general aviation’s 2004 financial year have been released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), and the news is great. Piston singles sales hit a 20-year high. “Bonus depreciation, coupled with the continuing growth of the U.S. economy helped make 2004 a turning point for our industry,” says GAMA chairman Jim Schuster. " />

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2005 Cessna 172
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2005 Cessna 172 with the Garmin G1000
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Avidyne CMax Airport Diagram
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Avidyne CMax Approach Plate
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Avidyne Flight Director
High-Tech Keeps On Coming
“The G1000 has become the most requested avionics package for the C-172, C-182 and C-206,” says Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton. “We believe that this is due to the enhanced safety and situational awareness it provides.” First shipments of the new Skyhawk are already under way. For more information, call Cessna Aircraft Company at (800) 4-CESSNA or log on to

Avidyne, Garmin’s chief competitor for the light GA glass-panel market, announced several significant improvements to its FlightMax Entegra Integrated Flight Deck. The company is an original equipment manufacturer for New Piper (, Adam (, Lancair (, Eclipse ( and Cirrus (

This past December, Avidyne ( certified a software package called CMax that allows Cirrus owners to upload and view Jeppesen electronic approach plates in the cockpit. Unlike the paper versions of the same charts, pilots can now see their aircraft’s GPS-located position on the maps. While Avidyne hopes that CMax will be a giant step toward a paperless cockpit, the FAA is not yet completely behind the idea. The feds still are requiring both Cirrus and Avidyne to print statements in user manuals stating that the electronic images can’t be used by pilots as a primary source of information. Translation: Keep your Jepps onboard.

Additionally, CMax is intended to make ground operations safer and easier. At startup and on arrivals, when the aircraft slows below 40 knots, the software magically pulls up the local airport diagram. In theory, the feature should cut back on the number of “progressive taxi” requests as well as runway incursions. Currently only Cirrus owners have access to the CMax, but Avidyne promises that the upgrades will be available to its other clients soon.

Also from Avidyne is the much-awaited flight director (FD) for the FlightMax Entegra. Cirrus pilots with the optional FD and STEC 55 autopilot now can have command bars. The FD “flying wedge” graphic on the primary flight display works while coupled with the autopilot or alone for hand-flying. The new FD is available on both SR20 and SR22 models that are shipping immediately. Information regarding retrofits for legacy aircraft will be announced at a later date. For more info, contact Avidyne at (800) 284-3963 or log on to