INTEGRATED AVIONICS SYSTEM FOR GENERAL AVIATION AIRCRAFT

M. F. Collins

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: DEVELOPMENT OF A LOW–COST airborne navigation/communication system was initiated by the Federal Aviation Agency as part of the Project Little Guy Program.* This program is an applied research and development program with the goal of promoting greater use of general aviation aircraft by developing simplified cockpit displays and controls together with improved training methods. Although this program is under the direction of the FAA, it is not regulatory in nature, but is one of cooperation with the various segments of the general aviation industry to work toward improvement and simplification of general aviation aircraft so that they may become more effective means of transportation under most weather conditions for nonprofessional pilot. Let’s take a look first at general aviation in the U.S. as it is today to see who “Little Guy” is and what kind of aircraft he flies. There are some 85,000 pilots. These aircraft range all the way from 20-year old Cubs up to current high performance, twin-engine aircraft. The pilot group also varies widely from the “once around the airport on a Saturday afternoon” pilot to the 300-hour-a-year instrument rated executive. The general aviation aircraft industry has evolved during the past 20 years from the production of two-place fabric covered, 90-mile an hour aircraft to today’s four-place al metal 190-mile an hour aircraft with ranges from 600 to 1,000 miles. During this period the average cost of these aircraft has risen to the current figure of around $20,000.00.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 11, Number 1
Pages: 65 - 68
Cite this article: Collins, M. F., "INTEGRATED AVIONICS SYSTEM FOR GENERAL AVIATION AIRCRAFT", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 11, No. 1, Spring 1964, pp. 65-68.
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