New Products at Sun 'n Fun
By Marino Boric, EAA European Correspondent
April 11, 2013 - A number of new products and announcements were made this week at the 2013 Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Florida.
Dynon Avionics Completes the Panel
Dynon announced two new additions to its leading line of avionics in Lakeland this week: an integrated comm radio for SkyView, and a full-featured, two-place stereo intercom.
According to Dynon, the SV-COM-C25 Integrated SkyView COM Radio's powerful, flexible interface is designed to reduce cockpit workload and should change the way pilots use their comm radio.
SV-COM-C25's tight integration with the SkyView system allows pilots to tune frequencies by airport and station type at the touch of a button on the dedicated control panel rather than by spinning in a number.
Pilots can also send frequencies to the radio from SkyView's airport information pages. Dual concentric knobs let pilots spin in frequencies the old-fashioned way when they are following ATC instructions (or feeling nostalgic). SkyView will identify the airport and station type while frequencies are tuned to ensure the pilot is on the right frequency.
The SV-COM-C25 has a dedicated control panel and a remote-mounted RF module available in horizontal and vertical versions. The control panel measures 3.53 inches by 1.8 inches by 1.27 inches. Two vertical control panels fit perfectly when mounted next to a 10-inch SkyView display, while two horizontal panels fit under a 7-inch SkyView display.
Although the SV-COM-C25 will continue to function with the rest of SkyView powered off, it does rely on SkyView for setup. Therefore, the SV-COM-C25 must be installed with a Dynon SkyView system. Other features include dual watch, fully backlit and auto-dimming controls, one-touch flip-flop with remote trigger ability, transmit and receive indicators (with active/standby receive differentiation), and a stuck micro indicator with transmit time-out.
The SV-COM-C25 will be available in June 2013 for $1,295.
MwFly Makes U.S. Debut
Italian engine manufacturer MwFly made its U.S. debut of its four-cylinder engines this week at Sun 'n Fun. MwFly's Aero Power engine is exhibiting with PAT Avionics, makers of HUD display for the experimental market.
Stefano Marella of MwFly said the new B25R engine was made for the U.S. market. The 2.5-liter, liquid-cooled, 150-hp, geared engine is considered the company's top of the line. Marella added that MwFly will debut a 200-hp turbocharged version of the B25 engine at AirVenture 2013.
MwFly Aero Power engines range from 95 to 150 hp and are especially suitable for helicopter use. Pricing: B22L (115 hp) $16,900; B22R (130 hp) $18,900; and B25R (150 hp) $21.900.
AvMap A2 ADAHRS Module Turns EKP V Display Into an EFIS
AvMap's new A2 ADAHRS module (air data, attitude, and heading reference system) was on display at Sun 'n Fun. The unit transforms the EKP V's 7-inch display into an EFIS.
The A2 ADAHRS module extends the functionalities of the EKP V navigator, bringing attitude and airspeed to the moving map and converting it into a centralized glass cockpit system for both navigation and primary flight display. AvMap's EFIS has three components: AvMap EKP V Navigator, that acts as an integrated cockpit display and central processing unit; the AvMap Cockpit Docking Station that allows the EKP V to be installed into the cockpit and provides connectivity to external modules; and AvMap A2 ADAHRS, a compact fixed-install unit providing attitude, heading, altitude, and airspeed data to the system.
The small, light module fits easily into the panel in any orientation. AvMap's EFIS system features airspeed and altitude from the pitot-static system, attitude, side slip, and heading information, integration of TAWS into the PFD with AGL altitude indication, wind indicator with wind components, HSI display linked with EKP V flight planning function, three-axis gyros, accelerometers, and magnetometers (acceleration range +/- 8g, rotation range +/- 1,600 deg). Air data sensor range is from 10 to 250 kts and 1,000 to 40,000 feet.
The A2 ADAHRS module is now available for $995, while the complete AvMap EFIS System (EKP V, cockpit docking station, and A2 ADAHRS) totals $2,750.
RS Aerotech - Rotax 912iS EMU
RS Aerotech Ltd. introduced its engine management unit, EMU 912iS, from Stock Flight Systems. The EMU has been improved with additional hardware/software features and smaller mechanical dimensions, and it's about 15 percent lighter.
An external "start power relay" simplifies engine start, and an external backup battery control interface supports the use of the EMU with an uninterruptable power supply. Another interface provides an advanced propeller governor controller, and allows a true one-lever operation of 912 iS engines equipped with constant speed props.
The power margin indicator (PMI) replaces the manifold pressure instrument and provides the pilot with the available engine power in percentages, depending on the current environmental conditions (i.e. altitude and air temperature).
RS Aerotech Ltd., of Nassau, Bahamas, is the marketing and sales organization supplying North America, South America, and Canada with the EMU 912iS and other products related to Rotax engines and the CANaerospace network.
Belite Shows UltraCub, Digital Altimeter, Ultralight Floats
Belite's Sun 'n Fun announcements this week included its new UltraCub airplane, the digital altimeter, and new floats for ultralights.
UltraCub's new features and manufacturing enhancements include a CNC-cut cabin, more carbon fiber options, and a vinyl color supplied standard with every factory-built aircraft. The UltraCub now has an enhanced wing span and flaperon area. The aircraft is available with a four-stroke VW air-cooled engine, which provides nearly three hours of cruise time under Part 103 regulations. Show pricing for a kit is set at $7,000, or $15,995 ready to fly.
The Belite digital altimeter provides single-digit altimeter resolution; in the very compact and lightweight unit delivers density altitude, temperature, English/metric selection, voltage monitoring with alarm, VFR altitude monitoring with alarm, and more. Belite claims it is the lightest, smallest, and lowest-power-consumption unit available. Weight is about 1.5 ounces, power consumption is about 1 milliamp, and it fits a standard panel cutout. It may use any voltage from 8 to 14 volts. The unit is priced at $249, or $299 in a portable battery-powered enclosure.
Belite's new floats provide the real alternative for ultralights. Weight capacity is 620 pounds, and a total weight is less than 30 pounds. The introductory price for a straight kit is $1,950, or $2,950 for amphibious floats.