MINERAL WELLS, Texas, 3 Sept. 2009. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in Washington granted a supplemental type certificate (STC) for a synthetic vision system glass cockpit avionics setup from the Cobham Avionics and Surveillance segment in Mineral Wells, Texas, in use on the Cessna 550 Citation II business jet.
Cobham developed a civil-certified synthetic vision system in 2002, gaining regulatory approval for use in light airplanes and helicopters as part of the FAA Capstone program in Alaska.
"Approval of this revolutionary system for transport-category aircraft brings tremendous capability to older, analog-equipped aircraft," says Mike Sheehan, vice president of Cobham Avionics.
The certified synthetic vision cockpit avionics for the Cessna 550 is configured with dual synthetic vision primary flight displays and dual multi-function displays, each with embedded class-A terrain awareness and warning system, integral flight management system, and digital flight recording.
Additional features include dual fiber-optic attitude gyros and dual GPS-WAAS. The system uses the aircraft's existing RVSM air data computers.
The system provides sensor comparators and cross-side sensor switching, and interfaces with the original autopilot to give it full roll-steering capability to fly all instrument procedures hands-off, including procedure turns, holding patterns and entries, DME arcs, and missed approaches, dramatically reducing pilot workload.
Additional capabilities include TCAS-I, TCAS-II, and ADS-B display, datalink weather, both single- and dual-cue flight directors, highway-in-the-sky (HITS) predictive flight director, conformal runway depiction, dual DME display, and Stormscope display.
Installation of the compact, lightweight system typically results in a 100 pounds weight-saving that allows a commensurate saving in fuel or increases the useful load that can be carried.
For more information contact Cobham Avionics and Surveillance online at www.cobhamavionics.com.