Full flight awareness

Full flight awareness


A brief tour of Super Seawind Avionics Suites


The Garmin G-900X is the G-1000 equivalent for the experimental aircraft market. It is a highly sophisticated integrated flight management system. Standard features include a mode S year 2020 compliant transponder, two communications (Com) and two navigation (Nav) radios – each with two standby frequencies. In addition to VOR and NDB tracking, the G-900x has GPS with V and L Nav capabilities. Linked to a TruTrak Autopilot, the 900x permits coupled navigation and ILS and GPS approaches right down to the runway threshold. The 900x also has terminal procedures and approach plates for all published approaches through Jeppesen flight services. Synthetic Vision (SV) enhances IFR approaches by providing positional awareness and wind correction. The 900x of N71RJ pilot side has a Primary Flight Display of all six standard flight instruments plus Nav, Com and SV. The MultiFunction Display (MFD) on the co-pilot side has mapping, tracking, weather, traffic, and NAV/COM control and display.

Grand Rapids Technology (GRT) HX 4000 Engine Flight Information System (EFIS) constantly monitors all engine performance functions such as temperatures and pressures and it provides visual and audible warnings when any function is abnormal or out of range. In addition, it is a full-fledged flight management system duplicating many of the functions of the G-900x including air and ground speeds, altitude hold (when coupled), weather, charts, maps, Com and Nav. It also has a PFD/MFD flip screen, Flight Monitoring System black box, terrain warning system, TAWs, and an HSI.

The Garmin SL30 has dual Com and Nav radios. It isn’t but it could be coupled with the autopilot. It acts as a tertiary IFR system working on lower battery power should the G-900x fail or when operating on emergency battery power.

A fourth navigation and flight management system is an electronic Attitude Indicator (AI) with integrated GPS navigation and heading indications. Co-located in this suite is an altimeter and and airspeed indicator operating on an independent pitot-static system.

ELT, or Emergency Locator Transmitter is and ARTEX ME 406 state-of-the art GPS-based emergency transmitter. It is designed to signal the exact location of this airplane anywhere on the globe in the event of an accident or emergency.

So there you have it. N71RJ has so many more flight and safety features like auto pilot controlled optimal rates of climb and decent and engine fire warning and suppression system. It is an airplane made and maintained with extraordinary care and e

Boston to Oshkosh and back home again in summer of 2016.

Grand Rapids Engine Flight Information System, GRT EFIS, are N71RJ’s central nervous system. From here all vital engine functions can be viewed in one place.


Dual controls, dual flat panels, three radios and an auto pilot are a technological challenge on one hand but so important for a high performance airplane.

Aerotronics Tech, Jason Smith checks out the N71RJ panel he helped design at Oshkosh 2014.

Jay Drury is Flying Mountain High on oxygen in turbine territory.











Grand Rapids EIS monitors critical engine functions.






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