Shadin Avionics was notified that the Hoskins CFS 2212 fuel flow indicator, which is installed on the Beechcraft King Air, and associated system hardware will no longer be supported due to obsolescence. This system was installed on several different turbine models, some from the factory. In the event of a failure or request to upgrade from the CFS 2212, the Digiflo fuel flow system may be installed under STC SA873GL and the appropriate engine STC SE615GL. The Digiflo fuel flow system provides LH and RH engine fuel flow as well as a totalizing function. This system will also enable fuel flow data to be displayed on the Garmin, Avidyne, Bendix King Series Navigators. The navigator when interfaced with the Shadin Digiflo will provide fuel flow, fuel to destination, fuel reserve, endurance, and real time efficiency.
The Cessna Citation is a staple product in Cessna’s business jet line being in production for over 40 years. With so many different models to accommodate passenger loads and fuel range, it has become one of the top producers of business jets over the years. Shadin has been part of solutions related to these aircraft, from OEM air data computers to fuel flow devices to aid in fuel planning as well as ADS-B transponder upgrades. Without the use of Shadin products these aircraft would require extensive upgrades costing thousands of dollars. In some cases, Shadin’s product enables features that were not previously useable or reliable such as fuel range rings. The ADC 2000 has been used to interface with transponders for decades. Shadin has built several converters for these aircraft to enable installation of various manufacturers’ equipment ultimately giving these customers options when doing avionics upgrades. Back in 2005 when Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums (RVSM) was mandated for aircraft flying above FL 290, Shadin developed two new ADC 6000 computers to give Citation owners another option to meet these demands and are still supported to this day.
Shadin Avionics holds multiple STCs for installation of Engine Trend Monitors, Fuel Flow Indicators, and Fuel Flow Transducers for the Bell 407,412, and 206 series helicopters. The Shadin ETM can add value to a fleet in many ways. It automates engine data acquisition reducing pilot workload. Annunciation of exceedance events can alert pilots of problems. Fleet usage distribution monitoring can help in operations and maintenance. Trend analysis by staff maintenance personnel or a certified trending company results in cost effective monitoring of engine performance. These are just some of the benefits that can be seen by using an automated ETM recording system.
Safety is enhanced with an automated retrieval system like the Shadin ETM. The pilot is no longer required to do a power check on their own. The automated data collection system also assures the maintenance facility that the date and time stamped data is collected in a consistent manner ensuring integrity of the data used for trending the engine on the helicopter.