Experimental Aircraft Owners May Now Buy Direct from L-3 Aviation Products

Experimental Aircraft owners can now purchase direct from L-3 Aviation Products. The LynxDirect program is exclusively available to experimental owners who are self-installing their avionics. LynxDirect systems are available through two sales paths:

  1. Over-the-counter from L-3 authorized dealers (contact dealer for pricing)
  2. Directly from L-3 Aviation Products (M.S.R.P. Requires Make/Model of experimental airframe)

The LynxDirect systems include all required documentation and software to enable the experimental aircraft owner to self-install their Lynx system just as they would other avionics. Continue reading "Experimental Aircraft Owners May Now Buy Direct from L-3 Aviation Products"

A Modern Turn Coordinator

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It says right here, in my own handwriting on my kneeboard – “It just works!  I think I might have been upside down in a loop at the time, trying to scramble this little device’s brains – but I wasn’t able to, no matter how hard I tried.  The “little device” is the new digital, solid state turn coordinator from Belite – the makers of small, light airplane kits and gadgets for their panels. Their latest offering is something that will make folks looking for discrete gauges sit up and take notice. Continue reading "A Modern Turn Coordinator"

Easy Updates

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One of the great things about experimental avionics has always been the ease of doing software updates – and the fact that most software updates bring us enhanced features well beyond what we might have been possible a few years ago. Add to that the fact that many of the software features and operational functionality we enjoy is beyond what our certified brethren can get as the icing on the cake.  This is true for experimental EFISs, radios, and other electronic devices – but until recently, the same could not be said for the Certified IFR navigation devices we install in order to be legal while flying in the modern ATC system. Certified boxes had to be serviced and upgraded by certified technicians in certified repair stations, no matter what type of aircraft in which they were installed. Continue reading "Easy Updates"

Guardian Avionics Introduces New Line of USB Power Solutions for General Aviation Aircraft

iFDR-Power-250-101_USB-Ports-Unit-Cable-RightIn response to growing demand for USB power in general aviation cockpits as the use of tablets and smartphones becomes more common, Guardian Avionics has announced a new line of USB power solutions for both panel-mounted and remote-mounted applications. The new iFDR Power 250 series provides small, but highly capable power conversion, bringing 9 to 48 VDC systems down to 5 VDC at 2.1 amps to safely power most consumer electronics using a USB-A connection—including most smartphones and tablets like the iPhone and iPad. The iFDR Power 250 models were designed to be used as both standalone units and integrated with the popular iFDR Panel Mount line for iPhones and iPads currently offered by Guardian Avionics. Continue reading "Guardian Avionics Introduces New Line of USB Power Solutions for General Aviation Aircraft"

The Inexpensive Glass Cockpit

AEOLUS-SENSEI spend a lot of my time installing and flying behind the latest in top end experimental avionics - full touch screen EFISs, advanced autopilots that will fly a coupled approach and make you coffee while doing it, and audio systems that rival a concert hall in capability and clarity. But there is another end of this business - the inexpensive yet capable end that can help folks who just want to fly get and stay in the game.

I have recently been experimenting with a compact little box from Talos Avionics called the Aeolus Sense. This small cube is a full ADAHRS – attitude and air data computer – that communicates with my iPad to give me a real-time six-pack of instruments to use as a backup to the big expensive panel – or as a primary panel in a small, simple airplane. Problems with glare and brightness aside (and these issues seem to vary widely from pilot to pilot and cockpit to cockpit), the iPad (or iPhone) can make a nice panel display for a VFR fun flyer. If I had an ultralight or no-electrical airplane, this would be a neat panel solution. Continue reading "The Inexpensive Glass Cockpit"

Advanced Flight Systems Shows New Software

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Rob Hickman, of Advanced Flight Systems, was proudly showing off the new software for their EFIS systems as well as their new 12" screen. The 12" screen has the smallest form factor of any out there, allowing builders to place it in panels that normally wouldn't have room for such a large screen. Look on AFS's website for more details on the new software. Continue reading "Advanced Flight Systems Shows New Software"