Garmin Introduces Engine Monitoring and Autopilot to the G3X Suite

The first news from the US. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring is that Garmin has expanded the G3X EFIS capabilities with EIS (engine monitoring) and a dedicated autopilot module. According to Garmin, “The EIS and autopilot are designed specifically for the G3X and are an affordable way for experimental and light sport aircraft (LSA) pilots to bring Garmin integration and quality into their cockpit. The sensor kits are expected to be available for all popular Lycoming, Continental, Rotax, and Jabiru engines in February 2010.” Continue reading "Garmin Introduces Engine Monitoring and Autopilot to the G3X Suite"

Pilot My-Cast Now on iPhone, iTouch

Garmin has announced that its Pilot My-Cast application will now be available for the iTouch and iPhone devices from Apple. Pilot My-Cast is an aviation weather, flight planning and flight filing app for U.S. and Canadian customers. A pilot may input a route, and then Pilot My-Cast overlays the flight path with the weather.

Pilot My-Cast is designed to take advantage of the iPhone/iTouch’s gesture-based user interface and includes five intuitive tabs at the bottom of the page for routes, flight plan, weather, airport information and settings. The routes tab allows the user to create a route to any airport, fix or VOR. Flight plan allows for the creation of a flight plan with a few touches, and the plan is then sent to DUAT service provider(s). Weather includes Nexrad, METARs and TAFs, SIGMETS, AIRMETs, PIREPs NOTAMs, lightning information, winds aloft and more displayed in text and graphics. Airport information accesses the AOPA Airport Directory. The settings tab allows users to customize Pilot My-Cast with aircraft- and pilot-specific information.

The Pilot My-Cast app is available from the app store for a monthly fee of $9.99, or an annual subscription of $99.99.

To order Garmin's Pilot My-Cast or to see a list of other supported phones, click here.

Oops, We Missed One

Despite our diligent efforts, we missed listing a manufacturer in the February 2010 issue’s Rotorcraft Buyer’s Guide. The company is Rotary Flight Dynamics, which manufactures the Dominator gyro.

Rotary Flight Dynamics has single- and dual-place designs, and you can find more information about them by calling 813/634-3370 or by visiting the company’s web site here.

Aircraft Sales and Parts Sells Powered Parachute, Canopy Divisions

Steel Breeze powered parachute.

Aircraft Sales and Parts Ltd., the manufacturer of the Summit and Steel Breeze powered parachutes (in addition to the Chinook Plus 2 and Beaver RX550 Plus), has announced that effective February 1, 2010, its PPC division will be sold to Summit Aerosports, Inc., in Yale, Michigan. New owner Ken Bricker is no stranger to powered parachutes, as he and his business partner have been longstanding dealers for the Summit. “We know that they will take excellent care of all existing customers and look forward to hearing from new prospective ones,” says Aircraft Sales and Parts. Continue reading "Aircraft Sales and Parts Sells Powered Parachute, Canopy Divisions"

Lancair Announces Simplified Pricing for Evolution

Lancair International announced today that it is changing the pricing strategy on its Evolution kit aircraft. Because both the turbine and piston aircraft are the same aft of the firewall, the company has settled on a single price for the firewall-aft portion of the kit. According to the company, your $495,000 for the Evolution firewall-aft kit buys "the airframe and systems as well as a Lancair engineered Garmin G900x panel including all the commonly ordered and expected options for an aircraft of this caliber. The G900x panel includes Synthetic Vision, Engine Monitoring, XM Weather, TruTrak autopilot, Secondary Electrical and Environmental Control touch screen, TCAD, and more." Continue reading "Lancair Announces Simplified Pricing for Evolution"