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Capstone Project Phase II - Southeast Alaska

Chelton Flight Systems Synthetic Vision and Moving Map Display have been installed in a number of aircraft in Southeast Alaska.

Alaska Seaplane Service Amphibious Dehavilland Beaver was the first Beaver and the first Amphibian in operation with this system.

DHC-2 Beaver N60077 on Short Final

EFIS - Electronic Flight Instrument System. Replaces the Vacuum system, night lighting, gyros and large instrument panels with random routing of wiring and hoses........... Weight......

The Installation Process

Starts with removal of everything, routing wires, modifying panels and connecting to the Pitot Static System.

Remote Component Installation

The Golden box (AHRS - Attitude and Heading Reference System) on the Co-Pilot side houses the electronic gyros and the Remote Compass. The gyros need to be mounted level with the aircraft flight attitude. The components on the Pilot side are the GPS receiver and Air Data Computer. The two smaller items are batteries, these are used for quick rebooting of system after short shut down of aircraft.

Once Installed

The system is tested and the remote compass or (Magnetometer) is swung and the Air Data Computer finds the magnetic anomalies and makes corrections.

Air Data Computer Calculates Obstacles

The terrain data base, electronic gyro and GPS information is computed and sent to the Multi Function Display (MFD). Notice the mountain side is shown in the Artificial Horizon or Synthetic Vision Display.

It's All About Information

The left display is similar to most moving map displays with one very useful exception. In the upper left corner is a small black boxed area showing wind direction and speed. The Pilot appreciates such information on gusty rainy landings.

!! Synthetic Vision !!

Flying through coastal weather is just a little less stressful when the multi shades of grey have brown and blue contrast.

Another Happy Remote Customer

Remote Alaska transportation reputation one day may change.

The Benefits of Technology

Improving access to primitive places.

Nothing Like An Amphib Beaver

Tomorrow morning this dry sheltered plane will be ready to deliver people and goods to remote places more then 100 miles from the nearest markets.

!!Congratulations !! MICHAEL W. MELVILL and the SpaceShipOne Team

Michael Melvill has become the first person financed by private money to enter space. This brings space travel closer then ever for the rest of us!!!!!!!!!

SpaceShipOne Riding Under The Carrier White Knight

On the way to making space history......

June 21, 2004 At 47,000 feet SpaceShipOne was released from White Knight and propelled itself to 62.5 miles or 328,000 feet above the surface of Earth and the edge of space.

EFIS Needed For Space Exploration