We usualy have something new each year to celebrate Oshkosh. This time is no difference.
The new iEFIS Discovery "Lite" will be gracing MGL's booth at Oshkosh next week.
For those that can't make it, here are a some pics:
And the rear:
Showing off the low mounting depth:
OK, so what do we have ?
The Discovery has a nice, bright non-reflective 7" touch screen of around 1000+ nits.
It looks, feels and thinks like an iEFIS. It has the new iEFIS G3 CPU and runs the exact same firmware as the full iEFIS system (in other words we use the same binary and sources).
Compared to a normal iEFIS system we loose a rotary control and the 12 buttons under the display which are now a fixture of the touch screen on the left side.
We gain a built in GPS, AHRS with gyros and accelerometers, airspeed pressure sensor as well as altimeter. Also has a built in OAT sensor (but an external one can be fitted).
It also has a CAN bus as well as two RS232 ports. The "Lites" also do not support video inputs and the VGA video output (for that you need the normal iEFIS).
So, considering the above, we can say it can do anything a full iEFIS can so subject to having fewer hardware interfaces - but because of that there is no need for an iBOX.
The CAN bus supports anything we have - Autopilot servos, engine monitoring modules, flap and trim controller, tranponders, compass, etc.
You can also connect up to three external AHRS if you like.
RS232 ports for radios, ADSB etc.
Planned for "Lite" support is a small expansion module - if needed, it provides analog and digital inputs, more RS232 ports, a AOA sensor and few additional items. Call it a "mini" iBox if you will.
The "Lite" is a stand-alone system unlike our normal iEFIS systems where you can have multiple, joined panels in a complex infrastructure.
"Lite's" are straight forward to install and make great panels for many smaller aircraft that would like a sophisticated EFIS but without the cost and complications of a large system.
A typical Lite system would be: The Discovery Lite panel, a RDAC for engine monitoring (if needed), perhaps a SP-6 compass.
That's it. Add autopilot servos for an even greater overall deal...
The panel may be mounted at any pitch angle relative to the aircraft despite the built in AHRS. The AHRS can be easily rotated to provide the expected image.
You can completely customise the screens like you can do with our other iEFIS systems and you can also select from many built in choices for a quick "plug and play" installation.
Like all our G3 iEFIS systems it comes with a World wide high resolution terrain database built in plus a World wide vector map. It is compatible with MGL's new "MapMaker 2" raster map format (free maps for U.S, Southern Africa and some other regions, easy to create your own maps from digital images). As usual support for MGL's Navidata format which gives access to subscription data from Jeppesen, PocketFMS, Easyplan and others as well as free data provided by MGL users themselves (includes FAA data published on the MGL forum).
Notably, the G3 iEFIS systems boots to operational state in 0.5 seconds (zero point five) from application of power. GPS is online 0.5 seconds later (provided you have not moved more than 500 Km from last known fix and a fix is possible).
synthetic vision, terrain data, maps etc are all up and live in a blink of an eye.
Discovery Lite is our first "Lite" release. This will quickly be followed by a regular Discovery EFIS. After this we will do the Explorer Lite and even a Challenger Lite to complete the iEFIS range.
The Discovery could be viewed as a direct replacement for our popular Enigma that was discontinued a while ago (in fact I called it "Enigma III" until I was overruled...). It is similar in panel size but with a bigger, much higher resolution screen and of course is a powerhouse of functionality where needed...
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