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In the Eclipse 500, that automation comes from Avio NG, the next generation of Total Aircraft Integration™. Designed exclusively for Eclipse Aerospace, Avio NG utilizes technology never before available in general aviation. Avio NG centrally controls aircraft systems including avionics, engine operation, fuel system, flaps, landing gear, cabin pressure, and temperature. Beyond that, it acts as a virtual copilot, providing checklists and advanced navigation and avionics information, improving safety and dramatically reducing pilot workload— especially during single-pilot operation. Avio NG includes dual Garmin® GPS 400W units that deliver point-to-point functionality, en route and terminal GPS navigational guidance with autopilot coupling, Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) capabilities for Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) approaches, and much more. These integrated functions provide the navigational capability for private and commercial operations worldwide. Experienced pilots will marvel at Avio NG's sophistication. And those new to jet aircraft will be amazed at how easy and intuitive Avio NG is to use. But mostly you'll love how it makes the Eclipse 500 effortlessly fun to fly.
Announcing the complete Avio Integrated Flight Management System (IFMS) by Innovative Solutions & Support for the Eclipse Twin-Engine Jet. The most advanced glass cockpit for light jets is finally realized. The development of the Avio IFMS now includes a fully integrated flight management system, geo-referencing charts, and detailed satellite weather overlays. This complete integration makes the Eclipse Jet easy to fly, easy to land, easy to command.
Eclipse's Moving Map function provides an electronic topographical moving map showing current aircraft location and selectable XM Weather overlays. Moving Map provides the pilot with better spatial and directional orientation and weather information.
Eclipse XM weather integration provides selectable weather overlays for the Moving Map function including: NEXRAD radar imagery, lightning, cloud tops, SIGMETS, AIRMETS, TFR, and storm cell movements. XM Weather also provides METAR, TAF and City Forecasts available with the Electronic Terminal Charts. With XM weather the pilot can observe conditions in the immediate area as well as in the flight path to facilitate better planning for cruise altitudes and course selections.
The Eclipse Jet MFD provides display of Jeppesen electronic terminal charts with overlay of current aircraft position. Available charts include: Airport Diagrams, Approach Procedures, Standard Instrument Departures, Standard Terminal Arrivals, Noise Abatement Procedures, and Terminal Are Diagrams. The convenient accessibility of electronic charts provides better situational awareness while flying an approach into unfamiliar airports, and understanding of your position in relation to the desired approach position.
Having the flight plan overlay on top of the navigation display gives the pilot awareness of where they are on their flight plan and also it provides data to the pilot as to upcoming turns on the flight plan, arrivals, and approaches.
Eclipse LPV capability supports approaches at decision altitudes as low as 200 or 250 feet providing better runway visibility and reduced likelihood of a missed approach.
Navigation Source selection is integrated into the PFD displays providing efficient selection and clear indication of navigation source information. Primary (course deviation indication) and Secondary (bearing pointer) navigation source selection are continuously available on the PFD display. A single button allows the pilot to select GPS1, GPS2, VOR1, VOR2, Localizer 1, or Localizer 2 for the Primary Navigation Source. A second button allows selection of GPS1, GPS2, VOR1, VOR2, ADF (if installed), or OFF for the Secondary Navigation Source. Information relevant to the selected source including LOC/VOR/ADF frequency, waypoint identifier, and DME distance to go (if installed) is displayed with the source indication. Source Selection information and the corresponding Horizontal Situation Indicator (HSI) display of course and bearing are color coded for easy correlation of Navigation Source information.
By coupling the auto-pilot to your navigation source, the system provides a reduced workload on the pilot and enhanced aircraft capability above 400' and couples to as low as 150'.
Eclipse Traffic Alert System provides information to the pilot as to where any conflicting traffic (other aircraft) are located and also if they are climbing, descending, etc. Skywatch provides information on other planes' direction and distance from you in order to avoid mid-air collisions.
Eclipse Terrain Avoidance Warning System provides data and warnings to the pilot regarding the aircraft's altitude relative to the altitude of the natural and man-made obstacles (i.e. tower, mountain, etc.) inside the selected range. This is helpful when flying into unfamiliar airports or mountainous terrain to prevent controlled flight into terrain.
Eclipse Composite Mode reconfigures the PFD display to include critical operational data normally displayed on the MFD. This ensures availability of all required data in the case of a power or MFD functional failure. With Composite Mode the Eclipse 500 aircraft can be safely flown with just the PFD working.
The Avio Processing Center, or APC, is the electronic heart of the aircraft. In it the Aircraft Computer System (ACS) continuously monitors and controls the aircraft systems such as flaps, landing gear, climate control, fuel management, autopilot, and flight envelope protection. In addition, the ACS alerts the pilot, when necessary, to abnormal system conditions. Also contained in the APC are the Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) units. FADEC ensures the engines are always operating at peak performance and efficiency. That translates into maximum service life and minimum operating cost. It is also one of the many design features that make the Eclipse 500 the most efficient twin engine jet ever built. Together, the ACS and FADEC units effectively make the APC your co-pilot in the sky. The aircraft has two of them for maximum reliability and operational safety, and each one can control the aircraft and both engines independently. It is yet another reason why the Eclipse Jet has received single-pilot operational approval from the FAA.
Jet aircraft landing gear and flap systems have traditionally been operated by complex electro-mechanical or hydraulic systems. The Eclipse Jet uses digitally controlled electric actuators for these systems. Each actuator operates independently and the flap actuators 'talk' to each other to minimize the possibility of flap asymmetry or twisting. By taking this approach we've reduced weight and complexity, which helps lower maintenance costs.
As part of the total integration philosophy, the Eclipse Jet incorporates electronic circuit breaker (ECB) technology and smart power distribution. Electrical power is automatically controlled and distributed by the APC to four busses. Electrical loads are distributed among each bus to ECBs housed in five electronic circuit breaker units. Safety critical systems and components have dual power sources. Accessible through a dedicated cockpit flight displays synoptic page, ECBs are logically grouped and their central location dramatically eases identification and control.
The Multi-function Display (MFD) on the Eclipse Jet provides dedicated 'pages' to show graphical representations of each major aircraft system. These include engines, electrical power, ECBs, pressurization, climate control, ice protection, weight and balance control, etc. System pages are the pilot's interface to each aircraft system and give him a clear indication of its status. Synoptic pages are also accessible on either PFD should a fault occur with the MFD.