Pilot Journal
Thursday, September 1, 2005

Sept-Oct 2005 On The Radar

on the radarIt’s always a bit mind-boggling when Cessna finds ways to improve the most popular line of jets in the world, but once again, that’s exactly what it has done. A new and improved Model 525 Citation CJ1+ has earned FAA certification and is headed to a runway near you before the year’s end.
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on the radar
Op Technologies Integrated
Avionics System
on the radar
Mid-Continent Lifesaver Gyro

The Integrated Flight Deck
Op Technologies’ soon-to-be-certified Pegasus Integrated Avionics System (IAS) is a flight-deck solution for retrofit and OEM aircraft. According to the company, the IAS will eliminate the hassles of a radio stack and traditional instrumentation—all by just combining 10.4-inch high-resolution, sunlight-readable display units with remotely mounted air-data computers, AHRS, and communication and navigation radios. For more information, contact Op Technologies at (503) 690-0800, www.optechnologies.com.

Get An Attitude
Mid-Continent’s Lifesaver Gyro is now available through Sun Aviation Inc. It provides up to one hour of emergency attitude reference, even if every other system on the avionics panel fails, as well as a 7,500-hour service life and anti-reflective glass and internal emergency lighting that enhance visibility. Call Sun Aviation Inc. at (816) 358-4925 or visit www.sunav.com.

on the radarFish Or Fly
If you’re considering going into manufacturing handheld GPSs to compete with Garmin, be advised. The Olathe, Kan.-based company just announced a new GPSmap 396, which displays XM Weather via satellite. The newest wunderbox also features terrain alerts, a built-in obstacle database as well as METARs, TAFs and TFRs. Pilots can now overlay XM Weather data right on top of the moving-map picture. And if all of that doesn’t entertain you, the new GPSmap 396 also will bring you 130-plus channels of XM Satellite Radio. Plus toggle a button, and the aviation navigator will slip into either automotive or marine mode to talk you through getting to your hotel or your favorite fishing hole. For more, call Garmin at (913) 397-8200 or visit www.garmin.com.


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