Avilution - The New Way to EFIS

Mark Spencer and the  Avilution displays
Mark Spencer and the Avilution displays

 

Every once in a while you happen onto something actually NEW at SNF, not just improved. So it was today when I met Mark Spencer of Avilution at the Zenair display. Mark and his buddy, Tad, were standing next to a recently- completed CH750 STOL which happened to be theirs. But what really caught my eye was the 3 large screen displays across the width of the panel that certainly looked different than any of the other EFIS displays I have seen. Something new here? Sure enough, it turns out Mark and Tad have been working really hard to potentially create a new generation of cockpit information displays. Notice I didn't say EFIS but cockpit information. That's right. Instead of focusing on the hardware they have focused almost 100% on the software. What they are doing could very well be a game changer. Their system is Linux-based and will virtually run on any off-the-shelf hardware, and potentially any of the current EFIS hardware on the market with the proper licensing. Mark said it would even be possible to mix different brands of AHRS, with the current system using iLevil.

Mark was the individual who created the Asterisk phone system, which is the bell-weather system for small businesses, so Mark really does know how to create game-changing products. Watch for an in-depth article in the very near future.

Vic Syracuse

Vic Syracuse is a Commercial Pilot and CFII with ASMEL/ASES ratings, an A&P, DAR, and EAA Technical Advisor and Flight Counselor. Passionately involved in aviation for over 39 years, he has built 10 award-winning aircraft and has logged over 8000 hours in 70 different kinds of aircraft. Vic had a career in technology as a senior-level executive and volunteers as a Young Eagle pilot and Angel Flight pilot. He also has his own sport aviation business called Base Leg Aviation.

One Reply to “Avilution - The New Way to EFIS”

  1. That's quite the automation suite for a 90 mph airplane! 😉

    Looks great but hopefully anyone going that route will appreciate the need for proper training. There is some serious "switchology" required to fully understand the uses and more importantly the limitations of all those fancy tools.

    Ask me how I know -- I'm a retired Airbus driver. ha ha! ("What's it doing now?!!)

    (Oh and one thing for Mark Spencer -- with the electronic screens why can't we have the heading information repeated along the top of the window, right above the Bank Attitude information? That makes the scan much more compact.)

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