Business & GA

FAA Certifies Avio NG

By Tish Drake | December 26, 2007

FAA certified the Avio NG avionics suite of the Eclipse 500 Very Light Jet manufactured by Albuquerque, N.M-based Eclipse Aviation. Aircraft 105, the first production Eclipse 500 equipped with Avio NG, received its certificate of airworthiness and will be delivered to its owner in the coming weeks. Eclipse will ensure a homogenous Eclipse 500 fleet by modifying all in-service Eclipse 500s with Avio NG by the end of 2008, at the company’s expense. In March, Eclipse named a team of avionics providers for the avionics suite on the Eclipse 500, replacing previous supplier Avidyne. With Avio NG installed, Eclipse 500 customers receive higher primary flight display and multi-function display resolution, enhanced user interface features and four-color weather radar. Eclipse said the Avio NG also provides increased functionality for optional equipment, including a third AHRS, Skywatch HP, Class B TAWS, DME, ADF and a Mode S enhanced transponder with diversity capability.

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