G1000 Get's Approved Again

Aviation International News has reported that the famous Garmin G1000 avionics suite has just been STC'D for use in the King Air C90A/GT. According to Garmin there will be a weight savings of around 100 lbs, and hopes to have it approved for future use in the King Air 200. Presently Garmin is advertising the cost of the G1000 upgrade for $350,000. The upgrade includes 2 PFD's, an MFD, 3-axis autopilot, WAAS, and of course XM radio and weather.

UAV = Big Brother?

In George Orwell's masterpiece 1984, one of the tools that helped the government maintain an unbelievable level of power over the people was the telescreen. This device allowed the secret police to hear, and in many cases see, everything that happened in every room in the country. One of the many outrages of the story happens when the main characters realize they have been betrayed by a telescreen they didn't even know was in their room. Thankfully, at least in the United States, citizens are guaranteed rights protecting against such invasions of privacy...at least so far.

Aviation Auction

If you're looking for a place to satisfy that Black Friday urge, take a look at the eBay auction benefiting Build a Plane. We mentioned these guys a couple of weeks ago, and it happens to be a really cool program. They've got a number of things up for auction including some aerobatic training, VIP passes to EAA's Airventure and other gift ready items. So stop by and take a look, the money goes to a really good cause, and you might just find that gift you were looking for.

Synthetic Vision on a Husky

While cruising through the site for one of my favorite back country flying machines, I stumbled on an interesting tidbit. Turns out the Husky line of aircraft from Aviat has a new option, the Forward Vision EVS-100. Basically the device allows the pilot to see forward through fog or darkness using infrared technology, however, what makes this little gadget interesting is that unlike its predecessors it doesn't require the bulky cooling apparatus to keep it in focus. Forward Visions device runs you about $15k but if you frequent the back country or bad weather the piece of mind may be worth it.

Cirrus is Out of the Race for Columbia Aircraft

ANN is reporting that Cirrus is out of the running for the acquisition of Columbia Aircraft. Cirrus was probably the foremost competitor for Cessna, who seems to be the leader in the upcoming auction. With Cirrus out of the running, it leaves Park Electrochemical alone with the big guns at Cessna. Park is a newcomer to aircraft manufacturing, so it should be interesting to see who ends up continuing Columbia Aircraft's legacy.

Don't Forget the King Air

With all the talk about selling airliners and even a flying palace at the Dubai airshow this year, an announcement from Hawker Beechcraft nearly slipped through the cracks. This company announced a new extended range model of the King Air 350. It sports a lot of extra fuel and a 1500 pound gross weight increase.

The "Candy Bomber" is Still Flying

Col. Retired Gail Halverson has taken delivery of his REMOS G-3 this month from Orion Sport Aircraft in Oshkosh, WI. Col. Halverson rose to fame for his efforts during the Berlin Airlift, where he dropped candy tied to parachutes to the children of East Berlin. Through his efforts he provided inspiration to a great many children, and became a true ambassador for aviation. I suppose it's fitting that he has chosen a German LSA to continue his love for aviation. Halverson and his son Bob flew the G-3 15.5 hours back to their home in Spanish Fork, UT.

Airspace Gets Some Attention

Eric Carvin from the AP has an interesting article answering some of the questions surrounding President Bush's opening of the military airspace along the eastern seaboard. Basically what he discovered, most of the aviation community already knew. It's not the airspace causing the problems, it's the choke points created by the hub and spoke system. While I think we can applaud the fact that action is being taken by opening up those corridors, what the airlines really need to address is the ripple effects caused by the overloaded hubs.

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