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"One of the other things we now have the
ability to do is use the sensors and digital
computing capabilities; we can factor in the rate
of change into when you get alerted . In other
words, if you are decelerating very slowly, you
are going to get a warning closer to the stall
speed . But if you decelerate rapidly, you will get
a much earlier warning . That's another significant
advantage over current mechanical stall warning
systems ."

BUT BEFORE YOU TEAR OUT
YOUR CURRENT AUTOPILOT, READ THIS
While next-generation autopilots like Garmin's GFC
700 and Avidyne's DFC90 offer incredible operational
and safety advancements, there is one tiny drawback
- they can't be installed in every type of aircraft .
Because new-generation autopilots require AHARS
inputs to work their magic, Garmin's GFC 700 requires
the G1000 avionics suite, and Avidyne's DFC90 must
be integrated with either its Entegra glass or Aspen's
EFD1000 Pro PFD display unit . If you have a customer's aircraft with Avidyne's Release 9 suite, they
also have the DFC100, which offers similar capabilities to the DFC90 .
And like all avionics, even if you have the required
display, you still need a supplemental type certificate
to install the autopilot into a particular aircraft type .
Right there, as they say, is the rub of the whole
issue of introducing new technology into general aviation . It just isn't easy, especially when you are talking
about a highly sophisticated and critical component
like an autopilot .
While manufacturers are able to garner approvals
for some installation types thorough an umbrella approved model list, this is not the case with autopilots .
And that is a huge speed bump in bringing new safety
capabilities to current aircraft .
"For a lot of pilots and aircraft owners, it's like,
'That's all great, but I can't get one for my 1972 Bugsmasher 3000' - and they're right," Schwinn said . "And
they never will be able to until we solve an economical
way to gain group certification through the FAA ."
Schwinn explained the autopilot must be individually certified for every model and model variant
separately . That's not only time consuming, but also
incredibly expensive and labor intensive .
"Something must happen certification wise, and we
are working with the FAA now," he said . "They seem
to be open to it . If we can make a good case that this
is a big safety enhancement, which it is, maybe they
will work with us on a solution . We know plenty of
people within the FAA realize it and are willing to
take a new look at the process .
"Otherwise, as far as the DFC90 goes,
it's going to be 182s, the Cirrus, Barons and
Bonanzas, and that's it . That would be a real
shame for everyone else ." q

IF ALL ELSE FAILS, PUSH THE BUTTON
While Envelope Protection and Envelope
Alerting are great features for sure, Schwinn said
Avidyne's Straight & Level function could be a
safety game-changer for light single and twinengine aircraft .
"If you get in a situation with the autopilot
engaged or disengaged, and you want to just
stabilize the aircraft and sort things out, you
just push the Straight & Level button and it
will automatically recover the aircraft to level
pitch and roll," he said . "While we certified
that functionality to the autopilot's full certified
engagement range, which is different on each
aircraft, we actually tested it to a much wider
range than that .
"We didn't take any certification credit for it,
but if someone is disoriented in a cloud and
doesn't know which way is up, this is the button
to push first . If you set 50 percent power and
have level pitch and roll, your airplane is going
to smoothly recover to a moderate, low cruising
speed and safe condition ."
Schwinn also stressed the fact that pretty
much throughout the demonstrated range of
pitch and roll, the Straight & Level button, like
the Envelope Protection mode, will return the
aircraft to level flight in a smooth and coordinated
manner .
"It's not going to crank the wings off or let you
stall by trying to hold straight-and-level until the
aircraft is positioned to do that," he said . "Our
friends at AOPA actually flew our Cirrus inverted
and used the Straight & Level button to right the
ship . We shot air-to-air video that you can see on
our website at www .dfc90 .com ."

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015

From the Publisher
New Avionics Products for 2014
AEA's Value-Added Equation for Aircraft Owners
Attention FAA!
Equipped Like New
In-flight Entertainment
Integrating Mission Capabilities
Lithium Batteries 101
Autopilot Upgrades
Homebuilding Panels: Tackling Wires, Electrons and Circuits
ADS-B Early Adopters
Advertisers Index
ADS-B Installations are Beginning to Take Off
AEA Staff/Board of Directors
Repair Stations
Manufacturers/Distributors
Affiliates
AEA Member Company Index
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - Cover1
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - From the Publisher
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - New Avionics Products for 2014
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - AEA's Value-Added Equation for Aircraft Owners
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - Attention FAA!
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - Equipped Like New
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - In-flight Entertainment
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - 45
Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - Integrating Mission Capabilities
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - Lithium Batteries 101
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - Autopilot Upgrades
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - 57
Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - Homebuilding Panels: Tackling Wires, Electrons and Circuits
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - ADS-B Early Adopters
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - Advertisers Index
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - ADS-B Installations are Beginning to Take Off
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - AEA Staff/Board of Directors
Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - Repair Stations
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - Manufacturers/Distributors
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - Affiliates
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - AEA Member Company Index
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