This post is as well for the APG (Arnav-Pro-Gang) as for the ACG (Arnav-Contra-Gang)
I’m addressing both “parties” for the reason that the APG is groving in members, not because of satisfaction, but obviously for more fatalistic reasons (if it doesn’t get better, let’s make the best of the actual situation and dream on possibilities)
Now before charging your phasers go on reading and I’ll let my shields down…
This is an additional gadget for filling the wast panel space won by having trashed the Arnav for those who want to do so, or another handheld safety feature for those who want to keep it, but don’t have the required panel space for a second/backup AI.
Having this said we are at the point:
It’s another application for a PocketPC (like Casio, iPaq), a “virtual” EFIS showing flight attitude, GS + trend, VS + trend, altitude and ground track.
Attitude is provided by an external “GyroChip” without any mechanical parts consisting of a unique micromachined double-ended quartz tuning fork and advanced electronics, which uses the Coriolis effect to sense yaw rates (for technically more interested check out http://www.sensorsmag.com/articles/Sensors Magazine).
For the rest of us, it’s the same thing as used in the stabilization systems of the 777 or Apache copter.
Speeds, track and altitude is provided by an external GPS.
For more info on the PCEFIS check out http://www.pcflightsystems.comSellers Aviation, Ocala, FL.
Now if you have the Anywheremap application on your Casio or iPaq along with the coupled small GPS, you have backup navigation.
In case of a total electric failure switch to the EFIS application and you have backup attitude.
The two hours battery lifetime should be sufficient for a safe landing.
Watch out how a tiny handheld can (almost) replace the whole bunch of Garmins and Arnavs in an emergency. All this for the fraction of the costs of a mechanical (vac./elec.) AI.
BTW Robert, Jim, Mike regarding your posts below, all the things on your wish list for your Arnav are already available for the Apollo MX 20 incl. sectionals, approach plates, topography, traffic (though I realize the difference/advantage of the 10" screen).
Since now it is obvious that CD and Arnav are watching this site, I wonder if they get at least the useless international database fixed within the next weeks, else we’ll have to bail it out and replace it by Moving Terrain which can display enroute, sectional, terminal charts, all intersections / fixes (for direct routing), soon approach plates, plus the best traffic in form of small airplanes with the appropriate heading and performed track. It’s a 6" screen like the MX 20 but it can drive an additional 10" screen.
Now my shields are up