BendixKing’s New ADS-B Solution

ADS-B Solutions for Helicopter – AML STC for KT 74 and KGX

BendixKing is pleased to announce it has received FAA approval for the installation of its KT 74 ADS-B Out compliant transponder and KGX-Series ADS-B transceivers on a broad list of popular light helicopters. An approved model list (AML) supplemental type certificate (STC) approval is now available for popular airframes including the Bell 429/407/206L/206B, Airbus AS 322/350/B3/355/365, EC120/130/135/145, Robinson R22/44/66 and MD Helicopters.

This is an exciting milestone for the BendixKing ADS-B solutions because it significantly reduces the paperwork and overall installation time for helicopter operators. In addition, many of these aircraft are equipped with BendixKing KT 76A/C transponders, making them great candidates for the KT 74, slide in replacement.bk1

A trade-in rebate for most existing BendixKing transponders is available, making this a simple and cost-effective way to meet the upcoming mandate. The link just below identifies all eligible trade-in products and their values.

http://bendixking.com/getmedia/9f4200ac-8840-45b9-a2b6-3755108916c6/Trade-Up-Values-Final-List-best-sellers-sort-11-9-15.aspx

About the BendixKing Helicopter ADS-B Solutions

The AML STC includes:

  • KT 74 ADS-B OUT Mode S transponder*
  • KGX 150R ADS-B remote mount receiver with an Integrated WAAS GPS
  • KGX 130R ADS-B remote mount receiver without an integrated GPS
  • KGX Wireless WI-FI Adapter to interface with popular iOS and Android tablets for ADS-B Traffic & Weather.
  • Garmin GNS 400W and 500W series navigators.

Airframes approved under the AML STC are:

  • Bell Helicopter 429/407/206L/206B
  • Airbus Helicopters AS 322/350/B3/355/365 and EC 120/130/135/145
  • Robinson Helicopters R22/44/66 – solution overview link below
  • MD Helicopters MD-500.

*Compatible WAAS navigators or the KGX 150R ADS-B remote mount receiver with an integrated WAAS GPS may be used as a position source for ADS-B OUT with this STC.

Other industry GPS receivers may be integrated with this solution as shown in the table below.

KT 74 with KGX 150R/130R or Garmin GNS 400W/500W have been STC’d for these Helicopter Configurations

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Product videos, pricing and further information may be found at the BendixKing website link. http://www.bendixking.com/V4/ADS-B

Article and information obtained from BendixKing Dealer News, August 2016 Vol.3

Garmin Makes Major New Product Announcements

Garmin has once again taken the aviation world by surprise providing new, exciting products and updates to existing products that make sense, help pilots, and invigorate the market. Below is a list of some highlights of the announcements:

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The new Flight Stream 510 will revolutionize how Garmin users manage databases with wireless technology.

The Flight Stream 510 is an SD card with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability. The card installs into the existing card slot of the GTN series units and updates the databases throughout the cockpit between GTN units as well as G500/600 glass displays. Other added features of the Flight Stream 510 include two-way flight plan transfer between GTN 650/750, sharing of traffic, weather, GPS info, back-up attitude info,
and text messaging though a compatible mobile device.

The Flight Stream 510 will be available in early August for a list price of $1495. Normal terms and conditions of Garmin Dealer Installation Policy apply.

NEW GTN SOFTWARE UPDATES

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Improving on an already powerful, capable product, Garmin announced new, expanded features for the popular GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators.

New features include:

•Voice command control: Over 300 spoken commands at the push of a button through the GMA 35/350 auto speech recognition
•Pinch to Zoom Interface: Similar to features on smartphones or tablets; zoom in/out on pages now with this feature
•Flight Stream 510 capability: Incorporate wireless technology into your aircraft with software update and the Flight Stream 510
•Text & Voice Call Control: Also with Flight Stream 510 and update, users can pair to an Apple mobile device for text and voice via GSR 56 datalink

Also additions with the software update include radio availability during power-up before engine start, flight track vectors, clear-all function, and pilot selectable SafeTaxi diagram descriptions.

ONE PAK

New, more cost effective options are now being given to Garmin users through Garmin’s new OnePak Database bundling.

OnePak bundles allow customers to download datbases to multiple Garmin avionics and portables for one low price. Now updates for the GTN 650/750 as well as GNS 430W/530W range from a single update of $129 to an annual subscription of just $299. Bundle updates including all data (nav, obstacles & terrain) range from $449 to $649 for annual subscriptions. In addition, OnePak can cover your entire Garmin avionics package in your aircraft for one low price. From $649 to $924 including FliteCharts.

Garmin has not only made the database updating process easy but very affordable now.

PROMOTIONS & REBATES

Garmin Rebates

In addition to announcing new products and updates, Garmin is offering big savings on ADS-B products and other product packages. Some of these special offers include:

•Up to $2000 savings on various Garmin products when purchased with an ADS-B product such as the GTX 335/345, GDL 84/88 or GTX-330/33ES
•GTN 625 / GTX345R package for $9940 List or Aera 660 / GTX345 package for $6195 List
•$500 Off List Price for the GDL 84/88 series ADS-B products
•$100-$200 seminar bucks during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
For complete details on any of these products or special offers, please contact Southeast Aerospace today.

Garmin Clears Up the ADS-B Picture!

Garmin clears up the ADS-B picture!

Leave it to Garmin to clear up a very confusing, cluttered market of ADS-B products for general aviation.  This time there’s no rebranded products, partial approved model STC for certification, tricky install footnotes, gotchas or $7000 transponders.
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The new GTX-335 and GTX-345 transponders are finally an all-in-one option that addresses almost every possible ADS-B installation scenario.
Features and options include:
  • Models available with or without internal WAAS GPS
  • ADS-B In capability (optional)
  • Most display compatibility option in the industry including G1000
  • Ideal size and fit factor (1.65” H) makes it easy to replace almost any panel mount transponder
  • Remote mount versions available for GTN 650/750 compatibility
  • Rack mount altitude encoder available to eliminate external wiring to encoder (optional – $299 List)
  • AML STC allowing for easy installation in hundreds of aircraft
  • List Prices start at $2995

Quite simply, if you already have a Garmin transponder (GTX-327/330 or remote GTX-32/33), then the GTX-335/345 are the most sensible option for you.  However, even if you have an older Mode C transponder, then the Garmin option is still the most sensible since you will update to a modern transponder while having complete ADS-B Out capability to comply with the 2020 mandate.

The ADS-B picture for general aviation is now much clearer.
For more GTX-335/345 details and product images, visit Garmin’s Blog post “Garmin Introduces Next Generation of All-In-One ADS-B Transponders”.

SEA Partnership to Certify Boeing 737NG

SEA Partnership to Certify Boeing 737NG Cobham Satcom System, fitted with Inmarsat SwiftBroadband Safety capability

shenzhen-logosSEA has partnered with China Trancomm, Cobham, Inmarsat and Delta G Design to certify the Cobham Aviator 300 system, fitted with Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband Safety capability for Airline Operational Communications (AOC) messaging, on Shenzhen Airlines’ Boeing 737-800 fleet.

This system will make Shenzhen Airlines compliant with the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC)’s four-minute mandate. The mandate, more formally known as the Satellite Communications Implementation Plan for Airline Operations Control, requires airlines to operate and control voice communications independent of Air Traffic Control within four minutes.

The system will also interface to the airplane’s existing Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS), allowing the flight deck data messages to be carried over Inmarsat SwiftBroadband, which is a significant advancement using this newer technology.

SEA engineers have completed the aircraft survey in Shenzhen, China, and development of the FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and CAAC Validation of Supplemental Type Certificate (VSTC) is well underway. To learn more about SEA’s STC program and aircraft modifications services, contact PMO@seaerospace.com.

2015 Prices Ending Soon!

save money stampWith little more than a week left in the 2015 business year, it’s time to start thinking about inventory & prices. Most OEMs (especially the larger manufacturers such as Honeywell, Bendix/King, Garmin, Rockwell Collins, L-3 Communications, et al.) raise a majority of their New Condition product prices at the beginning of the year. The fact is, it happens more often than not.

Keeping that in mind, now is the time to review your new inventory needs and see if it would be in your best interest to purchase before 2016. If that is the case, make sure you get your purchase orders in no later than 12/23/15, even better would be by this Friday 12/18 as most OEMs will close early next week for the holidays.

If you have any questions or need additional information, as always – SEA’s Sales and Customer Service team is ready to help! Call 321-255-9877 or email: sales@seaerospace.com.

Attitude Indicator / Standby Instrument Replacements

Several manufacturers continue to make strides in offering affordable digital, electronic replacements for original, traditional analog attitude indicator instruments (aka “horizons”).  Most noteworthy are the instruments offered by Sandia Aerospace, L3 Avionics, and Mid-Continent Instruments.  These OEMs have all released products that are not only reasonably affordable but offer higher reliability and some additional features over original, analog instruments.  Believe it or not, most of these newer, electronic instruments are less expensive than the analog alternative. In some cases, buying a digital replacement might even be less expensive than the next overhaul on the analog instrument that you might currently have.

Quite simply, it no longer makes financial or practical sense to maintain some analog instruments in your panel.

In conjunction with the availability and lower pricing of the digital attitude instrument announcements, the FAA has recently published a policy describing the acceptable methods of replacing analog attitude instruments with electronic replacements. In this policy, the FAA provides further background for the substantiation of replacing aging, analog instruments with more current electronic technology.  These reasons may include:

– Costs to maintain
– Parts availability
– Reliability

The policy explains some of the acceptable and airworthiness methods of replacing primary attitude instruments.  Some of these methods include:

– Replacement of a single function analog indicator with a single primary function electronic indicator (i.e. not interfaced to other systems such as autopilot or other systems)
– Replacement of vacuum, analog instrument with electronic instrument containing a dedicated standby battery

These are not the only methods and other installation conditions that must be met, but the point is that there are reasonable means and methods to upgrade to a more ideal, electronic instrument as a minor alteration in the aircraft.

A quick rundown of 3 highlighted electronic replacements shows some of the features and advantages of each:

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ESI-500

The 3” ESI-500 by L3 Avionics mirrors most Primary Flight Displays presenting attitude, altitude, airspeed and slip data.  The ESI-500 includes an internal lithium-ion battery.  Options for terrain, Synthetic Vision and other NAV aids are available starting at a List Price of $4200.  All backed by a company that has been producing instruments for the aviation community for over 50 years.

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SAI 340

The SAI 340 is also a four-in-one standby instrument with an internal battery that weighs less than 1 pound and is only 1.4 inches in depth.  According to Sandia, the instrument can be operated for up to 2 hours from the battery, in the event of aircraft power failure.  The List Price for the SAI-340 is $3595.

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SAM

Mid-Continent Instruments SAM (Standby Attitude Module) is a 2 inch digital instrument with a unique 2 screen display.  Along with attitude, altitude, airspeed and slip information, SAM shows vertical trend and heading information as well.  SAM features an internal lithium-ion battery with up to 1 hour of operation in standby use.  Because of its additional functions and features, SAM has a List Price of $9973.

For more detailed information on any of these new digital instruments or guidance on replacing any original, analog instruments in your aircraft, please do not hesitate to contact SEA or visit www.seaerospace.com.

Lockheed, United Technologies close Sikorsky deal

Lockheed-logoAccording to an article posted on Reuters.com, Friday Nov 6, 2015 – Lockheed Martin Corp has closed its $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp.

According to an SEC filing by Lockheed Martin, the company borrowed $6 billion to partially fund the transaction.

Lockheed said in a news release that Dan Schultz, a Lockheed vice president of Ship & Aviation Systems, will be the president of Sikorsky. Sikorsky will keep its headquarters in Stratford, Connecticut.

In a conference call with reporters, Schultz said he did not expect any layoffs as a result of the takeover and much of Sikorsky’s current structure would be integrated into Lockheed’s Missions Systems and Training business.

Lockheed announced its planned acquisition of Black Hawk helicopter maker Sikorsky in July.

“Today we are proud to welcome the Sikorsky team to Lockheed Martin,” Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin’s chief executive officer, said on Friday.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Frances Kerry)

Read more at Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/06/us-sikorsky-m-a-lockheed-idUSKCN0SV1Y520151106#fgfckSsaY3JSOCZg.99

Sandel HeliTAWS + FreeFlight RA-4500 Promotional Pricing

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Sandel and FreeFlight have announced promotional offers to help customers meet the FAA’s Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) Safety Sensor Mandate. Orders placed by 6/30/2015 will receive $750 off HeliTAWS and $500 off RA-4500 for a total savings of $1,250.

SANDEL HELITAWS®

  • When HeliTAWS is interfaced with a radar altimeter such as the FreeFlight RA-4500, it will generate auraldescent altitude callouts from 300ft. AGL to the ground – This allows the pilot to maintain visual outside the cockpit instead of looking inside at an indicator for height above ground.
  • The ST3400H can replace virtually any radar altimeter indicator on the market today, and still allow for pilot setting of the decision height. HTAWS must be installed in the pilot’s primary field of view.
  • Since HeliTAWS can replace the radar altimeter indicator, it’s a perfect fit for the location in the panel.

FreeFlight RA-4500 Radar Altimeter

  • Proven and precise, The RA-4500 and HeliTAWS offer improved situational awareness for a broad range of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. The RA-4500 Radar Altimeter with its ARINC 429 output can be easily coupled with electronic flight information systems (EFIS) and flight director systems.
  • Designed for applications such as helicopter seaplane operations, where accuracy is needed down to zero feet, the RA-4500 Radar Altimeters provide precise AGL information from 2,500 feet down to ground level.
  • An industry leader in the development of Radar Altimeters for more than 20 years, with more than 1 million critical fight hours.

For more information on this promotion, or to place an order, contact SEA at sales@seaerospace.com or call 321-255-9877.

Promotion Details: Offer cannot be combined with any other offers. 2015 Q2 promotions are good 4/1/15 – 6/30/15, You may not apply this offer to any other time range. Offer subject to change without notice by Sandel. This offer is not transferable and is only available to authorized Sandel Dealers.

Introducing the New Solid State Bell 212 MCP01

In partnership with VIH Aerospace, Southeast Aerospace presents the following Bell 212 MCP01 Featured Promotion. For more information: Contact SEA at sales@seaerospace.com or call 321-255-9877

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Orbital ATK Completes Installation on South Korean Army’s AH-1S Helicopters with SEA Installation Mod Kits

AH1S stock photoOrbital ATK announced the completion of a recent installation project of their AAR-47 missile and laser warning systems on the South Korean Army’s AH-1S Cobra attack helicopters. Southeast Aerospace is proud to have held an important role in this project; SEA was responsible for the engineering, manufacturing, and delivery of AAR-47 project specific aircraft modification kits.

>> Read the detailed article published by ATK on army-technology.com.