Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Lancair Adopts Avidyne TWX670 Tactical Weather Detection System
Lancair International has completed extensive testing and system improvement using the Avidyne TWX670 Lightning Detection System on the Evolution. As a result, this system is an available Evolution Avionics Suite option.
This is a significant milestone because the Carbon Fiber Evolution presents unique challenges for lightning detection systems. The Evolution’s carbon fiber airframe can create its own electrical discharge signature which can interfere with a traditional lightning detection system. The advanced signal processor utilized by the TWX670 recognizes this information and filters it out, allowing the critical 0 to 25 nm lightning discharges to be accurately displayed on the Garmin G900x MFD without airframe interference.
In Garmin G900x and G1000 equipped aircraft such as the Evolution, the TWX670 displays yellow lightning strike symbols along with range and azimuth information on the discrete MFD page.
Pilots have come to rely on the SiriusXM lightning information but this is not optimum due to the time lag in the satellite download and is in fact, noted as not to be used as tactical system. When coupled with this currently available weather information, the TWX670 supplies the missing link in thunderstorm avoidance, most importantly, course correction advice before the weather actually becomes a dangerous thunderstorm, thus providing true tactical avoidance. Non-Radar equipped composite aircraft, and especially International customers without the XM coverage, have been without accurate storm avoidance information and the TWX670 fills that void.
The Avidyne TWX670 is available from Lancair Avionics as a kit for $9,900 and as an installed option on your new Evolution for $11,900. Contact Alma Riddell, Lancair Avionics, for details.
Mon, Aug 05, 2013
For Lancair International, The Future is PT6-Powered
Pratt & Whitney Canada Has Signed A 5-Year Contract With The Kit Manufacturer
For Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), AirVenture is among the highlights of the calendar year. The company has been attending the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, event for more than a decade, and this year the company says it provides an especially ideal venue to showcase the PT6 engine, celebrating its 50th anniversary.
For both P&WC and the aviation community at large, it’s an occasion to look back on fifty years of turboprop innovation. Meanwhile, at Lancair International, it’s an occasion to look forward. The Oregon-based kit aircraft manufacturer signed a 5-year contract with P&WC, covering the sale of new PT6A-135A engines for installation on their Evolution aircraft.
P&WC’s relationship with Lancair goes back more than 5 years, when the Evolution first took to the skies. “Lancair’s goal in developing the Evolution was to provide pilots with a similar level of confidence in a kit aircraft as a certified production aircraft,” said Thomas Bowen, Chief Operating Officer at Lancair. “We looked to the PT6A engine as the basis for creating that confidence given its industry-leading reliability.”
Lancair is a leader in the experimental aircraft market, making EAA AirVenture a fitting venue to mark this agreement. With the Evolution, the company has also pioneered the owner builder-assembled “digital kit”, making this contract a testament to not only the PT6 engine’s dependability, but also its continued presence at the fore of innovation. "Our goal with the PT6 has always been to provide operators with unmatched dependability, dispatch reliability and ease of maintenance,” said Denis Parisien, Vice President, General Aviation at P&WC. “The engine is so successful because we’ve never wavered from that vision, and this is in large part due to the fact that we’ve consistently invested in new technology over the course of its history. This agreement with Lancair shows that it drives us today just as it did 50 years ago."
The most often asked question?
How many.....? As of Oct 31 there are 57 Evolutions in the hands of their owners and of those, 41 are flying. The latest to fly S/N 50 owned by T.J. Wright. T.J. was assisted in construction by Brian Harris' Shop, Composite Approach, in Redmond. N38TJ was flown in primer and will soon be getting it's paint and interior.
Lancair has welcomed four new owners into the Evolution community in the last 45 days, which puts the total Evo fleet sold at 53 aircraft, of which 37 are flying, the latest being Dr. Gary Michelson’s Evo which was purchased mid-August of last year. This can answer the oft-asked question of “How long does it take to get flying?” Gary’s aircraft is typical, in that for him, it was nine months. The range has been a low of six months to eleven months. It’s all about man hours, of course. Many of the tasks required to build an Evolution are labor hour intensive but do not “count” towards the “Owner Built” qualification. More people can be put on those tasks, shortening the elapsed time of the build. The next available build shop date is Aug 12. Book it and you’ll be flying the Plane of Your Dreams next Spring!
We have recently been featured on the Cover of the July issue of Kitplanes Magazine and some of the accompanying photos in the article are really special. For the photo shoot, Lancair Marketing Director Doug Meyer and Kitplanes pilot Doug Rozendaal spent more than two hours about 20 feet from a Bonanza circling over the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco. Rozendaal was very effusive in his praise of the responsiveness, stability, and ease of keeping station with the much slower Beechcraft. That is a true test of user friendly handling. Pick up a copy of Kitplanes while they are on the newsstands.
April 11, 2013
Lancair and Jeppesen Team Up to Enhance Evolution Electronics Suite
The Jeppesen PilotPak data bundle will now be installed in all Lancair Evolution EFC900x panels upon issuance of the airworthiness certificate. The first year subscription of full North American coverage of Jeppessen NavData, which includes Approach and Enroute charts, Obstacle, Terrain, Safe Taxi, and Airport Diagrams will be provided to Evolution kit buyers at no charge.
Doug Meyer, Lancair Director of Sales and Marketing said “Lancair is proud to be able to offer this professional data package to the Evolution owner / builder. These products will enable the Evolution pilot to get the utmost safety and utility from their Garmin G900x EFIS and integrated GFC700 Autopilot avionics suite right from the very first flights.”
Also included with this package will be a Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck iPad® app at no charge. The NavData PilotPak information will integrate seamlessly with the FliteDeck app for even more convenience and safety.