ANN First Look: MCI Announces 'Lifesaver Gyro' With
Built-In Battery Backup For Emergency Attitude Reference
Here's a hot item that
may allow pilots and passengers to fly with added confidence and
safety. With the launch of Mid-Continent Instruments' new 4300
series electric attitude indicator - the Lifesaver Gyro™ -
even if every other system in an aircraft's avionics panel goes
dark, this innovative product powers on. The only attitude
indicator to offer self-contained battery backup, it provides one
hour of emergency attitude reference.
"No other attitude indicator offers this kind of security,
convenience and cost-benefit," said Todd Winter, president,
Mid-Continent Instruments. "Having a self-contained power source
means the Lifesaver can operate on its own even if every other
system in the aircraft or helicopter fails."
The only attitude indicator with a battery back-up built in, the
Lifesaver Gyro™ adds cost savings to its obvious safety
benefits. It outlasts the nearest competition with a lifespan
that's more than three times as long: 7,500 hours. It costs about
two-thirds the price without the high installation and maintenance
expense. Retrofit of aircraft is minimal with installation as
simple as hooking up one standard connector.
"This new, easy-to-install option provides additional
security-and peace of mind-and will further enhance the benefits
that Mid-Continent Instruments brings to individual operators as
well as to our airframe clients," said Winter.
World-renowned aerobatic champion Ian Groom has been testing the
Lifesaver in his new Extra 300 for the past year. Groom's extremely
technical aerobatics include record-breaking techniques, sometimes
working under 10 Gs of pressure. He holds the world record for
completing 57 snap rolls in 26 seconds and is known for such
pulse-quickening moves as departure and recovery from controlled
"I take calculated risks, but I am not a reckless person," said
Groom. "I thrill crowds and, yes, I may stop a few hearts with my
maneuvers, but I make sure my aircraft doesn't give me any
surprises. Mid-Continent's new attitude indicator is a perfect case
in point. It makes my aircraft safer - so I can go out and
rip up the sky."
Mid-Continent plans to unveil the product at the 2003 NBAA
convention, scheduled for Oct. 7-9 in Orlando, Fla. Unlike many
aviation announcements - with the actual product still in
development - the Lifesaver Gyro™ will be immediately
available to the industry. It can be purchased through any of
Mid-Continent Instruments' nationwide dealers.