for Bendix King autopilots
If you’re the proud owner of a Mooney M20 and always wanted an autopilot, Bendix King has you covered. They’re now offering their AeroCruze 100 autopilot system to the entire family of Mooney M20s. The news comes after a series of approvals for other popular aircraft, including a variety of Cessna’s and Piper’s PA-28 and PA-32 series aircraft. Around since the mid-50s, the M20 has grown beyond a modest four-seat single-engine piston with manual gear and flaps to a true utility airplane.
According to the folks at Mooney, there are an estimated 6,200 M20s flying today, many of which could benefit from the increased safety and ease of operation an autopilot system provides. The current price for the AeroCruze 100 system is $5,200 including the system itself and the installation kit. The system is available in a two-inch round, three-inch round and a rectangular configuration.
Still don’t have 5G on the Ground? It might be coming soon to the Skies
If Gogo has its way, you’ll soon be able to enjoy the world’s fastest network speeds in the air. Over the summer, Gogo Business Aviation began flight testing the antennas for its nextgeneration 5G air-to-ground network. By adding 5G antennas to a ground tower, Gogo’s engineers were able to successfully complete flight tests of their 5G belly-mounted antennas and 5G air card prototypes that ultimately validated their performance.
The Gogo 5G network is being developed for aircraft operating within the contiguous United States and is expected to start serving customers by this time next year.Already a favorite among aircraft owners, Gogo boasts over 6,000 installs of its Avance L5 and L3 ATG systems, and more than 4,614 aircraft are equipped with its satellite connectivity technology. Combined, the two systems have flown over half a million flights and consumed 262.61 terabytes of data since 2018. From everything we’ve heard, the new 5G network is already surpassing expectations. We can’t wait to see it in action.