Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Inventive ingenuity triumphs again
Inogen Aviator G2
Inogen Aviator G2 Oxygen ConcentratorToo often, pilots skimp on strapping on the nasal cannula when flying at higher altitudes. We all have our reasons: forgetting to fill the oxy bottles, thinking we can tough it out, or we simply don’t want to spend the money to fill those tanks as often as we should.
Windblade Corp. has a clever, highly functional alternative: a smallish, lightweight oxygen generator called the Inogen Aviator G2 Oxygen Concentrator. How does it work? Rather ingeniously: by filtering out nitrogen from the ambient air to supply you with what amounts to an inexhaustible supply of concentrated oxygen at up to 15,000 feet...and never an O2 bottle in sight!
The Inogen Aviator weighs just 7.25 pounds, is powered either by battery or a 12-32 volt cigarette lighter-style socket, comes with a nasal cannula and generates 93% pure oxygen from the surrounding air. The device meets FAA guidelines for supplemental oxygen (up to 15K), and will be available soon for multiple users: the model shown here supplies one person. Contact: www.inogenaviator.com.
Insight G3Small, lightweight but truly mighty: Insight’s G3 fully functioning color-engine monitor brings a broad range of indicators to one display, ideal for a crowded panel or load-conscious LSA.
Engine monitors are great for displaying combustion-related indicators of engine health. But staying on top of mechanical indicators such as various sources of vibration is another vital way to pick up on engine danger signals. The latest of several functions just added to the G3 is Vibration Analysis, which allows pilots to operate safely at lean-of-peak settings, detect small mechanical problems before they become big problems, and thus prevent catastrophic engine failures.
The module, one of several built in to the G3, displays an oscilloscope-style feedback once the engine is running. The display graph shows amount of vibration energy on the vertical axis and multiples of crankshaft rpm on the horizontal axis. The visual impression is of a constantly shifting waveform that represents engine motion. Any sources of engine vibration are incorporated into the display graphic line, such as prop, magneto and alternator.
Since every engine runs differently, once pilots learn the “normal” visual signature unique to their own aircraft, they can quickly notice and respond to any abnormal signature. Contact: www.insightavionics.com.
Jeppesen Mobile FlightDeck
Jeppesen Mobile FlightDeckThe paperless cockpit becomes more ubiquitous, thanks to Apple’s iPad and new apps like Jeppesen’s Mobile FlightDeck. Called an “aviation navigation solution” and available for download on the App Store, it’s essentially a touch-screen, interactive digital enroute navigation library designed to replace all those pounds of paper pilots lug around and must reference, on the ground and in the air.
Features include own-ship position and route overlay, worldwide georeferenced terminal charts, terminal charts, airport diagrams and Jeppesen Airway Manual text information. And for the first time, Jeppesen’s Airway Manual Service is available in fully electronic format.
There’s more than simply cutting back on hauling around cumbersome reams of paper, too. Jeppesen believes the reduction in pilot workload and enhanced efficiency in the cockpit improves safety and comfort for pilots and flight crews, whether for private, business, commercial or military flights.
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