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MGL Debuts XTreme EMS Engine Monitor

MGL Avionics has announced the availability of its new XTreme EMS engine monitoring system. The XTreme EMS is based on a 4.3-inch sunlight readable, wide viewing angle, high-resolution LCD display. It integrates an SD card reader (for software updates and for an engine data recorder), five function buttons and a rotary control. It can be connected to standard MGL Avionics RDAC (engine monitor) boxes, which are required.

The XTreme EMS is designed to fit a standard 3.125-inch round instrument hole. The body is located off-center, allowing the unit to replace instruments on the right side of a standard six-pack configuration or any other location that currently occupies two instruments. Due to the light weight and low mounting depth no complicated mounting brackets or trays are needed, MGL says. Power use is low, and operation from much less than 12 volts to about 28 volts is fully supported. The XTreme EMS is an engine-only version of the existing XTreme EFIS that includes primary flight (pitot/static), AHRS and GPS instrumentation.

An example of a basic package for a four-cylinder engine would be: XTreme EMS, $850; RDAC XB, $220; and engine senders, $425 for a total of $1495.

For more information call 877/835-9464 or visit www.mglavionics.com.

RANS S-19 Makes FAA’s Official 51% List

RANS Designs President Randy Schlitter has announced that the S-19 Venterra will join the FAA’s 51% list, adding that this is a welcome milestone for RANS builders. Meeting the 51% criteria involved a two-day inspection by an FAA team. “This is the new process, and it is much more comprehensive and a move in the right direction,” Schlitter said. “Kit plane manufacturers need this attention to detail that the FAA is willing to offer, and it brings more validity to the process for everyone.”

The Venterra is provided in either seven partial kits, or one complete kit, offering builders options. The kit is built entirely on CNC machines, and all solid riveting is completed at the factory, Schlitter says. The S-19 features a sliding canopy, a large baggage compartment, adjustable seats, rollover protection and dual control sticks. According to the company, build times have ranged from 1000 to 1500 hours, with more than 40 Venterras now flying or under construction.

For more information, call 785/625-6346 or visit www.rans.com.

Wicks Aircraft Offers Bluetooth Receiver

Wicks Aircraft Supply has added the Dual XGPS150 universal Bluetooth Receiver to its product lineup. The receiver works with iPad, iPod touch, iPhone and other Bluetooth-enabled smart phones, tablets and laptops. The GPS receiver works wirelessly with most apps requiring GPS at distances of up to 33 feet away.

The XGPS150 receiver comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 8.5 hours and recharges in 2.5 hours, Wicks says. The 2.5-inch-square unit weighs 1.8 ounces, and features indicators for Bluetooth and GPS status, and battery level. The price is $99.

For more information call 800/221-9425 or 618/654-7447, or visit www.wicksaircraft.com.

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