FAA has granted Supplemental Type Certificate for the NextGen flight deck from Innovative Solutions & Support for the retrofit in the Pilatus PC-12. The flight deck comprises of an electronic flight bag, integrated standby unit, flight management system, enhanced vision and synthetic vision.
NextGen flight deck from IS&S also provides runway depictions, air spaces and airways, moving maps with flight plan overlay, airport diagrams and approach information, auto throttle capability, electronic checklists and display, navigation aids and intersections, satellite weather options, ADS-B In / Out, optional iPad control and enhanced vision system.
The first NextGen flight deck is being installed on Pilatus airplane of Brian Cleary, president Owners and Pilots Association.
In another news update.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has also given Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to Continental Motors for the Cessna 172 models which are equipped with CD-155 diesel engine. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has also granted certificate for the same.
The STC also gives permission to install Garmin G100 integrated avionics system.
According to Jurgen Schwarz, senior vice president of engineering, Continental Motors, This STC will benefit owners of Cessna 172 both in Europe and America as they now have the option of reliable and efficient diesel CD-155 or jet-A engine solution, with all the information about the engine will be visible on G100.
The retrofit kit comprises of G1000 integration and a larger propeller. Time interval between maintenance will increase and the engine lifetime will improve by 2,100 hours.
A Cessna 172 equipped with a CD-155 diesel engine and MTV-6-A / 190 propeller can cruise at 8,000 feet attaining a maximum speed of 135 KTAS.
With jet-A fuel and at the same altitude, the aircraft can provide best economy of 4.9 gallons per hour flying at 109 KTAS.
Schwarz also added that as the STC has been given by both FAA and EASA, fleet operators, flight schools and recreational users will have to spend less on maintenance and fuel costs, irrespective of the avionics installed on their Cessna aircraft.
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