Thu, Apr 02, 2009
Makes All-Glass Part 23 Cockpit Possible
L-3 Avionics Systems announced Thursday its new Trilogy ESI-1000
Electronic Standby Instrument is currently on schedule to be
certified and available in July 2009. Designed as a backup for
glass cockpit avionics, Trilogy is the first solid-state integrated
standby system created specifically for Part 23 aircraft.
"Modern glass cockpits are still backed up by decades old
standby technology," said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and
marketing for L-3 Avionics. "Trilogy replaces those instruments
with new technology, and, for the first time, makes a truly
all-glass cockpit possible for GA aircraft."
Trilogy combines attitude, altitude, airspeed and optional
heading data on a clear, 3.7-inch diagonal Active Matrix LCD
display. The instrument fits easily into a standard 3-ATI mounting
cutout. With an integrated air data computer, solid-state attitude
sensor and optional external magnetometer, Trilogy presents
accurate flight information independently of other systems.
In the event of a primary glass failure, Trilogy facilitates a
smooth transition from primary to standby instrument because it
provides a common format to today's primary flight display. It
enhances safety by reducing workload and making the transition
easier for the pilot.
An ambient light sensor is integrated for automatic brightness
control on both the screen and keyboard. Trilogy units will
be calibrated to 400 knots and 55,000 feet, with the ability to
store aircraft configuration and options at time of installation.
The model will be available through OEMs as well as for retrofit to
modernize both glass and traditional cockpit configurations.
Trilogy was developed from L-3 Avionics Systems' advanced
knowledge base and performance in strapdown attitude determination,
which has made the company a leader in electronic standby
instrument systems for high-end aircraft. Now, Trilogy makes this
technology a smart and affordable option for all general aviation
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