While there might not be “anything new under the sun,” there sure are a lot of variations on a theme! And, perhaps this is no more true than in the world of technology – including avionics! That’s why it is imperative that the most talented and experienced pilot should ensure that they are “up” on COCKPIT TECHNOLOGIES AND KING AIR 200 TRAINING!
“We are very ‘big’ on Recurrent Training,” Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, noted, “and now, with all of the technological advances in the realm of avionics, it is becoming more and more imperative that pilots do, in fact, receive the Recurrent Training that we suggest.”
While there are, thanks to Honeywell and Garmin, a plethora of advances, some of the more fun and interesting include:
- Electronic Flight Bags – In the form of iPads and such, they not only can store an immense amount of data in a small, light-weight format but also provide GPS.
- Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)– By using GPS data to relay an aircraft’s route of flight, location and speed, ADS-B will increase capacity for the expanding number of aircraft.
- Data Comm – Introducing a “new” way to communicate similar to texting, this system will make contact between pilots and the tower safer and less garbled.
- Synthetic Vision – Providing a 3D representation of known obstacles in a plane’s flight path, this is extremely helpful when low visibility is encountered.
- Weather Radar - Through the use of your MFD, “bad” areas of weather are viewable, allowing you to choose a different path that will route you through lighter weather areas.