AeroLEDs Introduces the SunSpot 46 Landing/Recognition Light

Sunspot 46AeroLEDs has developed a larger, more powerful light that can be used for landing, recognition and taxi purposes. It only consumes 70 watts maximum in power while producing 4000 lumens. (For comparison, the GE4553 draws 250 watts and develops 3750 lumens when new.)

The larger SunSpots are available in two models, the 46 HX and 46 LX. Both lights have screw terminals that can be connected in either polarity for steady on light, and the HX has three additional wires that support a built-in pulse mode that can be set up for individual pulsing or synchronized with other lights for wig-wag. The weight (11 ounces) and dimensions (5.6 inches in diameter by 1.7 inches in depth) of the SunSpot 46 are no greater than the legacy lights they replace. As with all AeroLEDs, SunSpots have a rated life of 50,000 hours and will withstand temperatures of -67° F (-55° C) to 158° F (70° C). Both versions of the SunSpot can operate on 14VDC or 28VDC systems.

The SunSpot 46 LX sells for $650, and the 46 HX is priced at $750. At this time, they can be installed in Experimental aircraft, special use aircraft and LSAs. A PMA for certified aircraft is expected this summer.

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GRT Avionics HXr Supplement Available

Bezel webpageGRT Avionics announced the remote interface capability of the HXr electronic flight information system with the Trig TT22 1090ES Mode S transponder and its Class 2 counterpart, the TT21. The Trig units can be remotely mounted and controlled through either one or two HXr display units, creating a clean instrument panel design by eliminating the need for a separate transponder control face.

The TSO-certified Trig TT22 transponder complies with the ADS-B Out “2020” rule when coupled with an appropriate GPS receiver. GRT EFIS systems support a variety of ADS-B receivers, such as the Radenna SkyRadar and NavWorx ADS600 series, to complete the ADS-B package.

The GRT TT21/TT22 Equipment Supplement is now available for information on installing, programming and using the Trig transponder with the HXr system. Aircraft owners may purchase the TT22 directly from GRT Avionics as part of the HXr EFIS system.

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Glasair Aviation’s New Director of Marketing and Sales

0Glasair Aviation has announced the appointment of Christopher Strachan as director of marketing and sales. He will be responsible for redefining the Glasair and Sportsman brands, all promotion activity and sales strategies. In concert with the new ownership, Strachan will help drive the company’s growth in the sport aviation market.

Strachan brings more than 20 years of experience in the aviation industry to Glasair, including knowledge of operations, marketing, product development, CRM and sales. “Chris brings passion, energy, experience and a unique perspective to our existing business and future plans,” said Nigel Mott, president of Glasair Aviation. “He is a talented and skillful individual who understands the industry, our customers and the Glasair brand. Glasair’s new ownership reached out to Chris as part of a new plan for expansion and growth.”

Strachan said, “As an aviator and aircraft kit builder, I am excited to work with this team, to see the technology and the vision. I’ve been around aviation all my life and the thought of being at the forefront of aircraft design, new technology and manufacturing embodies an experience I couldn’t pass up.”

Glasair Aviation was founded in 1980 and is one of the largest aircraft kit manufacturers with more than 3000 kits in the field and 1700 aircraft flying in most countries around the world. In 2004 the company introduced its “Two Weeks to Taxi” program, which allows a builder to a complete aircraft from a Sportsman kit in two weeks.

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Garmin Introduces All-Digital Radar Altimeter

0Garmin International Inc. has introduced the GRA 5500, an all-digital radar altimeter for transport category, helicopter, business and general aviation aircraft. Using patent-pending digital signal-processing technology, the GRA 5500 works to provide smooth altitude tracking, resulting in a consistent and highly accurate altitude above ground indication, even over the most challenging environments like rough terrain, tree canopies, sand and choppy water, according to the company.

“The GRA 5500 meets the highest altitude accuracy standards only previously seen in products for transport and military aircraft, providing pilots unprecedented confidence in their actual altitude,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. Continue reading "Garmin Introduces All-Digital Radar Altimeter"

Advanced Flight Systems Inc. Announces Support for Transponders

AFS Press Release TranspondersAdvanced Flight Systems Inc. has announced new software to support the integration of the Trig/Dynon Remote Transponders with the AF-5000 series EFIS systems. After installing the free software upgrade, customers will be able to use the Trig/Dynon SVXPNDR-261 Remote Transponder to satisfy the FAA's "2020 ADS-B Out mandate" (the SVXPNDR-262, because of its lower output power class rating, won't be able to be used for 2020 mandate compliance). The AF-5000 EFIS to SV-XPNDR-26x interface does not require any separate converter module and was developed with the full cooperation of Trig and Dynon. When the SV-XPNDR-26x is combined with the FreeFlight XPLORER ADS-B receiver, users will have access to ADS-B traffic and free ADS-B weather on the AF-5000 series EFIS screens. Continue reading "Advanced Flight Systems Inc. Announces Support for Transponders"

SeaRey Announces Open House

0705PaigeSeaRey will hold its annual open house on Tuesday, February 19th. In addition to touring the factory and meeting the Progressive Aerodyne crew, visitors can attend a full day of workshops and presentations about SeaRey aircraft.

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