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Be ready for the 2020 Mandate – ADS-B out

ADS-B Out is an airspace requirement and already required in many parts of the world.If a new transponder is installed in an IFR or VFR aircraft, it is highly recommended that it be equipped with serviceable ADS-B and Mode S transponder in order to comply with the future effective dates for planned Mode S and ADS-B equipage.

Mode S and ADS-B Planned Dates of Applicability
The proposed fitment of approved ADS-B equipage is as follows:
2018 – IFR Forward fit: Any aircraft that is first registered on or after 1 January 2018 and is operated under IFR must carry a serviceable ADS-B transponder that complies with the requirements below.
2020 – All IFR aircraft: On and after 1 April 2020 operated under IFR must carry a serviceable ADS-B transponder that complies with the requirements below.
2020 – Mode S for New aircraft and Mode S for Newly installed transponders: Any aircraft that is first registered or modified by having its transponder replaced on or after 1 April 2020, and is operated in Class A, B, C or E airspace must carry a serviceable ADS-B and Mode-S transponder that complies with the requirements below.

Any aircraft that operates above 10,000 feet AMSL in all declared airspace types must carry a serviceable ADS-B transponder that complies with the requirements below. If a new transponder is installed in an IFR or VFR aircraft, it is highly recommended that   it be equipped with serviceable ADS-B and Mode S transponder in order to comply with the future effective dates for planned Mode S and ADS-B equipage.

To become compliant, you will need at least the following equipment:
›    ATC Mode-S Transponder (compliant with DO260B)
›    ADS-B out capable GNSS Sensors / Multi-Mode-Receivers /Flight Management System
›    EASA / FAA approved STC package
›    Aircraft Documentation update
›    Sufficient installation time: modification may require multiple days work, likely to coincide with Heavy Maintenance checks

Click here to read about the FAA report
Read more about common questions asked and answered by Garmin

Century Avionics awarded new dealership for Becker Avionics International

Becker is a leader in digital avionics technology. They set the standard in customer-centric, state-of-the-art ground and airborne solutions.  Becker Avionics is a privately held high-tech company that develops, manufactures and distributes the latest communications, navigation, surveillance and search & rescue equipment for airborne and ground applications.  Becker Avionics has a longstanding history of over 50 years in providing equipment to General and Corporate Aviation, ATC, law enforcement and military organizations around the world. In order to support international market requirements the Company has established branches around the world.

For more information please contact our team +27 11 701 3244 | mornec@centuryavionics.co.za

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Garmin New Product Launch

GMA 345/342

Cost Effective Slide-in Upgrade to the GMA 340

– Options for Bluetooth, USB Charging or 3.5mm Audio Jack

– 6 place Stereo Intercom and up to Stereo Music Inputs

– Standard Features Include:  Auto Squelch ; 3D Audio ; Bass Boost & Equalizer ; Split-COMM Mode ; Digital Clearance Recorder

– Pin-and-rack Compatible with GMA 340

– EASA paperwork expected to be provided

GMA 345

– Bluetooth allows users to wirelessly make or receive phone call, stream audio entertainment and more

– Front mounted

– USB charging port

– Most Garmin action camera’s can connect via Bluetooth to wirelessly record intercom & ATC audio with video

G5 DG/HSI for Certificated Aircraft

Cost effective glass replacement for DG / HSI Instrument

– Valid under VFR / IFR

– All packages includes 4 hour back-up battery

– In Dual G5 Configurations, the DG / HSI will revert to attitude mode in the event of the primary position failing

– Uses GMU 11 for magnetic heading information

– Eliminates the dependency on vacuum system in aircraft for the attitude and heading information

– Existing G5 AML STC will be updated to include DG / HSI replacements

DG/HSI Replacement

– Utilizes GMU 11 to display magnetic heading

– Rotary knob allows pilots to easily select and adjust course and make heading bug selections

– When paired with GNC 255 or SL 30, the G5 is approved as a primary source to display lateral and vertical course deviation when available

– DG / HSI kit includes G5, battery & GMU 11

G5 HSI includes GAD 29 for interface to compatible GPS navigator

– When paired with GNC 255 or SL 30, the G5 is approved as a primary source to display lateral and vertical course deviation when available

– Also displays ground speed and distance to next waypoint

– GAD 29 is used to interface to approved navigators

– HSI kit includes G5, battery, GMU 11 & GAD 29

Experimental Product Line Updates

G3X Touch 7 “Portrait Display”

– Primary Flight Display (PFD) or Multi-Function Display (MFD)

– Dual Concentric Knob and dedicated nearest, direct-to, menu and back buttons

– Built-in Bluetooth and Connext (Wireless Flight Plan transfer & more)

– Optional EIS Display

– Up to four G3X Touch Displays can be incorporated into a single aircraft

– A single standalone 7 Portrait Display can be used as a combination PFD/MFD

– Easy upgrade a G3X system as the existing connectors are pin-compatible and minimal modifications are required to the existing cut-out

GMU 11 (Cost-effective magnetometer)

– Smaller & Lighter than GMU 22

– Can be mounted in multiple directions for easy installations

– Capable of supplying magnetic heading to more than one display simultaneously

– Compatible with G3X, G3X Touch, G5

GTN Software Update

 SW v6.3 – Visual Approaches

– Provides advisory vertical guidance

– Based on a published glide path angle or 3 degree glideslope from runway threshold

– Considers terrain & obstacle clearance

– Pilots can Choose the runway and select vectors for the final approach intercept

– Short-cut to load a visual approach is displayed within 5 miles of the destination airport

SW v6.3 – ADS-B for TCAS II-equipped aircraft

– GTX 3000 control

– Pair select third party TCAS II / ACAS II with GTX 3000 for control & display on the GTN

– Pair GTS 8000 TCAS II / ACAS II with GTX 3000 for control & Display on the GTN

SW v6.3 – LNAV + V approaches without WAAS / SBAS

– For operations at airports that are not served by WAAS / SBAS, advisory vertical guidance (LNAV + V) is now available while flying LNAV approaches

– Advisory glideslope offered by the GTN helps pilots more easily fly a stabilized decent on LNAV approaches

Lightspeed – ZULU 3

We are excited to announce the launch of Zulu 3, the newest in a line of legends. Although over the years we have designed many great headsets, with more innovations certainly to come, the Zulu line — original Zulu, Zulu.2, and now Zulu 3 — have best represented the comfort, durability, performance, and value that is the essence of the Lightspeed brand. Like the other Lightspeed headset models that use the rugged cables with the Kevlar core (PFX and Tango), Zulu 3 only comes in straight cord configurations, simplifying the choice for the customer and the stocking decisions for our dealers.

Zulu 3 is a worthy successor to the Zulus that came before it, retaining the features that made them great while adding new features that increase comfort, durability, and value:

More comfort

  • New contoured ear seals are designed to hug the curve of the jaw, reducing side pressure to get a more natural fit for more comfort and stability
  • These ear seals create 30-50% more space for the ear than other ANR headsets — a key feature of long-term user comfort
  • A free taller head pad option ensures maximum comfort and performance on smaller head shapes (ordering instructions are in the User Guide)

More durability

  • Zulu 3 is outfitted with new cables built around a Kevlar core, which are stronger, lighter, and more flexible than standard cables — and have proven themselves on both Zulu PFX® and Tango®
  • The more durable cables complement the other premium materials used in the rest of the headset construction, including the magnesium cups, sliders, and the stainless steel headband

More support

  • Zulu 3 will be backed by an industry-best 7-year warranty (the industry standard is 5 years)

No compromises

  • Zulu 3 still has the award winning Lightspeed ANR and all of the most popular features such as Bluetooth for phone and music, Auto Shutoff™, and ComPriority™
  • It also has an exclusive user adjustable mic gain adjustment to get the audio and side tone just right for all voices.

Early this year Garmin announced the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck, the successor to the ever popular G1000

Remember, the original processors and memory chips used in the G1000 were state-of-the-art at about the turn of the 21st century. Garmin started shipping G1000s developmental prototypes of the package. Actual design work began long before that first flight. So the G1000 flying today represents the digital state-of-the-art of about 1999. Now think back at the number of cellphone and computer upgrades your company undertook in the last 15 years. The capabilities of your cellphone circa 2002 pale compared to the one you have today – a portable computer capabilities tool. That’s how much difference there is between the technology update within the NXi package versus memory and processing speeds of the original G1000.

Boasting a modernized flight display design with significant performance enhancements, G1000 NXi incorporates innovative capabilities into a state-of-the-art avionics platform. Features such as wireless cockpit connectivity, including wireless database updates using Flight Stream, enhanced situational awareness with Surface Watch runway monitoring, visual approaches, map overlay with the HSI and more are all available with G1000 NXi.

G1000 NXi integrated flight deck also supports the following additional features:

– COMM frequency identification displays the station ID as well as frequency type

– Aircraft maintenance personnel experience faster system software upgrades and streamlined equipment replacement.

– Advanced Doppler weather radar capabilities, including ground clutter suppression and turbulence detection as options

– Display of sectional charts as well as IFR low/high enroute charts on the MFD

– NEXRAD weather radar imagery can be overlaid on the moving map and animated on the MFD  (taking into consideration the active flight plan, altitude constraints & winds aloft)

– Optionally overlay European Visual Reporting Points (VRPs) on the moving map. VRPs are standard within the navigation database

– Preview departure and arrival procedures on the MFD prior to loading and activating the procedures

– Three-color terrain shading incorporates green, yellow and red contouring which depicts that the aircarft is 2 000, 1 000 and 100 feet above ground level (AGL) respectively

For new installations, the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck is estimated to provide a weight savings of 250 pounds/4 200 rands or more in King Air aircraft, allowing additional baggage, passenger and/or fuel load flexibility. New G1000 NXi installations also utilize a new, fully integrated and lightweight air data and attitude heading reference system (ADAHRS), streamlining the upgrade process. King Air owners and operators with an existing G1000 integrated flight deck can easily purchase the display upgrade to G1000 NXi with minimal aircraft down time and disruption of the panel as the displays preserve the same footprint and connector so that panel modifications are not required.

The G1000 NXi installations and display upgrades all come with a two-year warranty 

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