ANN Flies First Alliant-Equipped Aircraft on Display at NBAA;
STC Approval Imminent
NBAA 2006 got off to a
great start as ANN sampled the latest wares from Avidyne and S-Tec
with its usual disruptive aplomb... with an abrupt engine cut, in
full-on approach mode, while shooting the localizer at Lakeland,
FL... and letting a new flight deck from Avidyne and S-Tec do the
chores with very little disruption and NO pilot intervention.
Despite the abrupt cut, the King Air flew like a champ... with a
less than 3 degree yaw deviation, excellent pitch profile adherence
and very simple operating chores throughout the exercise... making
this first-out-of-the-gate 21st century cockpit for elder King Airs
the early leader in a burgeoning new retrofit market for those
birds too old to have benefitted from the recent revolution in
glass cockpits and digital autopilot technology -- and oh
yeah, it's available RIGHT NOW.
Avidyne Corporation and S-TEC Corporation have introduced their
new Alliant Integrated Flight Deck for the Beechcraft King Air 200
family of twin-engine turboprop aircraft. Featuring the first
implementations of Avidyne's Envision™ series of retrofit
integrated flight deck products and S-TEC's IntelliFlight™
2100 Digital Flight Control System, the Alliant Integrated Flight
Deck enables King Air 200 owners to update their aircraft with
state-of-the-art situational awareness and safety tools at a
fraction of the cost of a new aircraft.
The first completed King Air 200 Alliant installation is on
static display at the NBAA 2006 (check it out for yourself... we
didn't bend ANYTHING). With STC paperwork completed and FAA
approval imminent, Alliant is the first "large glass" integrated
flight deck available for installation in King Air aircraft. Dealer
orders already are placed for installations expected to begin this
The Alliant Integrated Flight Deck package includes
dual-redundant Avidyne EXP5000 10.4" primary flight displays
(PFDs), an Avidyne EX500 multi-function display (MFD), the S-TEC
IntelliFlight 2100 digital autopilot, Mid-Continent two-inch
standby instruments, and interfaces to most popular traffic,
terrain, lightning, radar and radar altimeter systems. In addition,
the Alliant package comes standard with Avidyne's exclusive
CMax™ electronic charts and MultiLink™ support. CMax
electronic charts display Jeppesen's approach charts and airport
diagrams on the EX500 MFD. MultiLink supports the display of XM WX
Satellite Weather and provides Avidyne's unique FlightCenter text
messaging and flight tracking services.
Alliant enhances aircraft value as the full retail value of the
system can be added to the Aircraft Blue Book value. It is the
ideal upgrade for modernizing the workhorse of air charter and
business aviation operations.
"The King Air 200 is an ideal aircraft for the Alliant flight
deck upgrade," said Mark Sandeen, Avidyne Vice President of Sales
and Marketing. "King Air 200 owners get the enhanced safety and
utility of large, dual-redundant primary flight displays plus
S-TEC's new high performance digital autopilot in one truly
beautiful panel. In addition, the situational awareness and
operational benefits of integrating MultiLink weather, on-board
radar, traffic, terrain awareness, electronic charting and two-way
messaging systems for dispatching and fleet management are
unsurpassed. What's more, these advanced capabilities are now
available in a system that's widely recognized across the industry
as the easiest-to-learn and use."
"Avidyne and S-TEC are building on many successful partnerships
in the OEM arena as the basis for delivering our Alliant integrated
flight deck for the retrofit market," said S-TEC President Mel
Hilderbrand. "Enhanced safety, reduced pilot workload, lower
maintenance costs, increased dispatch reliability and better resale
value were the primary goals we set for Alliant. We feel that we
have achieved all those goals and are first to market with the most
affordable flight deck upgrade for the King Air market. S-TEC has
almost 30 years of autopilot experience and we are all excited, to
be working with Avidyne, to bring Alliant to the marketplace."
"S-TEC is an excellent partner," said Avidyne President Dan
Schwinn. "And the IntelliFlight™ 2100 is a great digital
autopilot that integrates well with our Envision Primary Flight
Displays for simple and intuitive operation."
Alliant System Overview
The Alliant Integrated Flight Deck uses Avidyne's unique
Cross-Compare System™ (CCS) to monitor the dual-redundant
solid-state air data and attitude/heading reference system (ADAHRS)
and aircraft navigation systems and provides visual alerts in the
unlikely event of any discrepancy.
Each Alliant 10.4-inch PFD is integrated with its own
independent ADAHRS providing full redundancy as well as much higher
reliability than traditional mechanical gyros. Either ADAHRS may be
selected for display in reversionary operations.
The integrated air data computer provides continuous display of
instantaneous winds aloft, taking the guesswork out of finding the
right altitude or selecting the best wind correction angle when
entering the pattern or flying an approach. Trend indicators
provide six-second trend data for airspeed, altitude and heading,
allowing precise control with reduced workload when changing or
maintaining an airspeed or altitude.
The EX500 Multi-Function Display (MFD) features a 5.5-inch
diagonal, high-resolution moving map display that can show flight
plan information and Avidyne's exclusive two-way MultiLink™
datalink weather service. Options include interfaces to
EGPWS/TAWS display, lightning and traffic systems and 19 different
airborne weather radar systems including Bendix King and Collins
radars commonly installed on King Air 200 aircraft.
Representing the culmination of 30-years of autopilot experience
and expertise, S-TEC's new IntelliFlight™ 2100 Digital Flight
Control System (DFCS) functions as an integral part of the Alliant
Integrated Flight Deck.
For example, all of the IntelliFlight 2100's modes are fully
annunciated on the Envision™ PFD including the Indicated Air
Speed (IAS) Hold capability. The pilot simply selects the desired
Indicated Air Speed, presses the IAS button on the IntelliFlight
control panel and the system will automatically hold that airspeed.
IAS Hold has proven to be extremely useful helping pilots manage
climbs and descents at specific airspeeds.
Another feature of IntelliFlight 2100 is Control Wheel Steering
(CWS). When the yoke-mounted CWS switch is depressed, the autopilot
servos are disengaged allowing the pilot to maneuver the aircraft
as desired. When the CWS button is released, the servos are
automatically reengaged and return to normal operation.
The IntelliFlight 2100 also offers all the other capabilities
pilots expect in a top-tier autopilot including GPS Roll Steering
(GPSS), Heading Hold, NAV and Approach Modes, Altitude Preselect,
Altitude Hold with Auto-Trim, Vertical Speed (VE), Course Intercept
Capability and Yaw Damper.
The Alliant package retail price is $170,107 and includes dual
EXP5000 PFDs, integrated ADAHRS and magnetometers, one EX500 MFD,
the S-TEC IntelliFlight 2100 DFCS, and three Mid-Continent standby
instruments. The system is available for immediate ordering for
installations expected to begin this quarter.