Conair installs glass flight decks on their air attack aircraft

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On three Turbo Commander TC-690Bs

From Conair Group:

Conair Group Inc. Completes Three Extensive Turbo Commander Avionics Installations

The project included G950 flight deck integrations for Conair Aerial Firefighting

ABBOTSFORD, CANADA (September 4, 2020) – Conair Group Inc. completed an extensive avionics project on the company’s fleet of Turbo Commander TC-690B aircraft. The project included the installation of the Garmin G950 flight deck and tactical radio package on all three Air Attack aircraft.

The G950 is a seamlessly integrated package allowing pilots the ability to scan and process data efficiently and accurately using an all-electronic Garmin panel. The system assimilates flight-critical information including instrumentation, navigation, weather, terrain, traffic and engine data on a large 12 inch multifunction display and two 10 inch primary flight displays. The installations also included the Genesys digital autopilot DFCS2100.

“The Garmin G950 glass flight deck in our Twin Commander fleet improves the pilot and Air Attack officer’s ability to assess multiple environmental hazards simultaneously. The innovative tool offers greater simplicity in the cockpit, fully integrating with the aircraft’s Max-Viz camera system, providing more data on demand to the Air Attack team, within a clean, assimilated display.” Jeff Berry, Business Development at Conair.

For the installation, Conair partnered with Eagle Creek Aviation, who has long been an innovator in Twin Commander upgrades and modifications. As a leader in Twin Commander service and upgrades, Eagle Creek Aviation is an award-winning Garmin Service Center, Gogo Business Aviation dealer, multi-year FAA Diamond Award of Excellence recipient and an International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA) accredited dealer and broker with nearly four decades of service.

“The G950 will make it easy for Conair’s pilots to overlay graphical weather, lightning, traffic, terrain and other avoidance system advisories, which is essential when faced with unfavorable weather conditions resulting from major environmental fires,” said Randy Morelock, Director of Avionics at Eagle Creek Aviation. “We were privileged to have had the opportunity to complete such an extensive and important project for Conair.”

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5 thoughts on “Conair installs glass flight decks on their air attack aircraft”

  1. Thats an awesome upgrade for All Fire Pilots safety,my self as a
    Air Attack Pilot, this would improve all aspect of the mission.

    1. Wikipedia: A glass cockpit is an aircraft cockpit that features electronic (digital) flight instrument displays, typically large LCD screens, rather than the traditional style of analog dials and gauges.[2] While a traditional cockpit relies on numerous mechanical gauges (nicknamed “steam gauges” within aviation circles) to display information, a glass cockpit uses several multi-function displays driven by flight management systems, that can be adjusted to display flight information as needed. This simplifies aircraft operation and navigation and allows pilots to focus only on the most pertinent information. They are also popular with airline companies as they usually eliminate the need for a flight engineer, saving costs. In recent years the technology has also become widely available in small aircraft.

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        2) Precision
        Instead of interpreting the altimeter’s needles or position of the airspeed indicator, you’ll get actual numerical values right on the glass display.

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        Anything that can reduce the pilot’s mental workload that can reduce fatigue and stress is good thing. Glass cockpit displays provides nearly instant and constant in flight and weather data. All combine to increase the pilot’s (and aircraft) effectiveness and efficiency.

        However, technology (Tech YES logy!) doesn’t replace the necessity to interpret the data, nor does it replace skill or learning/practicing skills.

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