New EFIS for Homebuilts, LSAs at AirVenture

Italian GPS-maker AvMap is about to introduce a lightweight panel-mounted EFIS designed for light sport, experimental and ultralight aircraft. Weighing 5.1 ounces, the AvMap Ultra got its name for its ultra light design. It incorporates a 3.5-inch LCD display that slots into a standard round instrument panel hole.

The unit is a full air data attitude heading reference system (ADAHRS) that connects to the airplane’s pitot static system. A GPS receiver is included with the system. Airspeed, altitude, attitude, vertical speed and sideslip are all displayed, and there is a separate HSI screen that, in addition to navigation information, displays the estimated wind.

AvMap designed the unit together with UAV Navigation, a company that manufactures EFIS displays for unmanned aircraft, enabling UAVs to operate under IFR. UAV Navigation designed the motion processor for the AvMap Ultra, which also contains solid-state gyros, accelerometers, magnetic field sensors and air data sensors that feed information to the display.

The AvMap Ultra, which is expected to retail for $1,200, will debut at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, next week. AvMap hopes to start delivering the unit this fall.

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Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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