The Honeywell AV8OR
ACE brings full electronic flight bag compliance and GPS
geo-referencing to general aviation for a price equal to about two
years of paper-chart purchase — $1,999.
July 28, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - Here’s
a weight-loss program sure to appeal to pilots across the spectrum, a
simple one-time treatment guaranteed to shed pounds from the flight bag,
enhance useful load, and improve the mental health of the pilot: the
Honeywell AV8OR ACE.
At a svelte 20 ounces—1.25 pounds— the
AV8OR ACE can legally replace pounds and pounds of perishable paper
products, and save the lives of trees and landfills across the country.
Introduced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, the
ACE appears to finally provide a low-cost solution for the typical pilot’s
desire to shed the shoulder-taxing weight of the charts and plates
required by the Federal Aviation Regulations— and at the same time make
cyclical upgrades plus-and-download easy.
The company’s latest AV8OR product, the ACE
electronic flight bag (EFB) and navigator, not only delivers all the
necessary graphics information—instrument flight rules en route charts,
approach plates, and visual flight rules (VFR) graphics—but does so with
a form factor and price that doesn’t make the bulk of the weight lost
come out of the pilot’s wallet.
It also performs with features not previously
offered in EFBs below airline-level prices, including geo-referencing with
all the graphics a pilot would use. With geo-referencing made possible by
the WAAS-enabled GPS engine, the AV8OR ACE displays the airplane position
referenced correctly on the high- and low-altitude en route charts,
approach plates, and VFR navigation screens, thanks to a crisp, clean
The ACE also includes airport diagrams—
again, with own-ship position. In a nod to today’s touch-control
electronics, the ACE’s charts are stitched together to provide a
seamless flow— along with the ability to move the chart and expand or
shrink the view, with a touch of a finger.
“There’s no flipping through pages or
scrolling down through menus to find what you need,” said Dan Barks,
director of general aviation dealers and operators.
“And with the geo-referencing, the pilot
sees the airplane progress across the en route chart or along the approach
plate, SID or STAR,” he stressed. So the pilot can always see where the
airplane is in reference to the selected procedure, right down to the
Honeywell carried over from the original AV8OR
portable multi-function display features such as Smart- Profile altitude
display and Bluetooth interface—two, in the case of the ACE. Those
interfaces and other wired connections also allow the ACE to display
satellite datalink weather and traffic information from optional sources
such as WxWorx.
ACE customers can obtain the digital charts
and plates from Seattle Avionics Software; the partnership of Seattle
Avionics Software and Honeywell on the ACE makes it possible to integrate
the unit with the software maker’s Voyager Flight Software System to
help ensure the best route for a flight.
Honeywell’s AV8OR ACE carries a suggested
retail price of $1,999; a special promotion makes available either a wired
or Bluetooth WxWorx receiver for $200 off the standard prices, making them
$426 for the wired unit and $522.61 for the wireless model.
For more information on the ACE, check out www.BendixKing.com/AV8OR;
to learn more about the Seattle Avionics products, visit www.SeattleAvionics.com/AV8OR.