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Goodies and Gadgets: December 2014

MTH Version of the Electroair Ignition System Now Available

Ameritech Industries, Inc. have announced the long awaited availability of the Magneto Timing Housing (MTH) version of the Electroair Certified Electronic Ignition System for Continental IO-360, O/IO-470, IO-520 and IO-550 six cylinder engines. Ameritech is the largest stocking distributor for Electroair and systems are on the shelf, ready-to-ship.

The EIS-61000-1M STC’d ignition kit is currently approved for Cessna, Cirrus, Bellanca, Beechcraft, Mooney, Meyers and Navion aircraft with models being added regularly. Check Ameritech’s website for the latest approvals.

The Electroair direct fire ignition system replaces one magneto with a Magneto Timing Housing (MTH), which feeds the engine position and RPM information to the Controller. The Controller also receives the input from the MAP sensor, computes the amount of dwell, adjusts timing, and signals the coils to fire directly into the spark plugs.

Typical advantages of the system include: 10-15 percent in fuel economy, smoother engine operation, improved high altitude performance, improved horsepower, reduced hot start problems, reduced spark plug fouling and reduce maintenance costs at 500-hour intervals. 

Limitations of the previous six cylinder version of the ignition system are eliminated with the introduction of this MTH system.

Additional systems are in development for the Continental O-300, TSIO-360, TSIO-520 and TSIO-550, along with systems for the Lycoming TIO-540 and IO-580 engines.

For further information, please contact Ameritech at 800/292-7767 or You may visit Ameritech on the web at

Garmin G3X Touch 7-Inch Display Now Available! 

Garmin has announced their new seven-inch G3X Touch display option for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft is shipping and now available! The newest addition to the G3X Touch family features a high-resolution touch screen display, which complements the existing 10.6-inch G3X Touch system, offering new panel design options and added redundancy. 

The seven-inch G3X Touch features a robust, infrared touch screen display, which demonstrates Garmin’s industry-leading experience in glass cockpit technology. Seamless integration between multiple displays gives pilots a variety of options as well as easier access to more information in the cockpit. When paired with a 10.6-inch display, the seven-inch G3X Touch system can serve as a dedicated display for a variety of features including traffic awareness, full-screen moving map, geo-referenced charts, engine information and even serve as a back-up primary flight display (PFD).  

Pilots are offered the most comprehensive lineup of integration potential with G3X Touch, including the opportunity to incorporate an IFR navigator such as the GTN, angle of attack information with the GI-260 and an active traffic system. G3X Touch supports additional connectivity with VIRB, Garmin’s HD action camera, which uses an easy-access BNC composite video connection. Viewing live, full-screen video on the G3X Touch display is possible when integrating VIRB, which also allows pilots to start and stop video recording and take photos from the touch screen. Additionally, touch screen control of Garmin’s industry-leading experimental autopilot is available, while still supporting the optional stand-alone GMC 305 autopilot control panel. Further touch screen control of the remote-mounted GTX 23 ES transponder and GTR 20 remote com radio saves panel space and offers a simple and integrated cockpit.

Synthetic vision (SVX) comes standard on G3X Touch, providing a rich, three-dimensional depiction of terrain, obstacles, water features, the runway environment and more. VFR Sectionals, IFR Enroute Charts, geo-referenced SafeTaxi airport diagrams and FliteCharts terminal procedures for the U.S., Europe and Canada are offered on all G3X Touch displays, providing pilots with the charts they need for both VFR and IFR flight. A version of G3X Touch includes access to SiriusXM satellite radio and SiriusXM Aviation weather, including weather products such as NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, TFRs, winds aloft and more (SiriusXM subscription required).

The seven-inch G3X Touch system comes standard with rich features, such as SVX, video input, a built-in WAAS GPS receiver, ADAHRS, magnetometer, OAT probe, interactive mapping and more. Customers may also take advantage of lower database prices starting at $49.99 for G3X and G3X Touch. Visit for additional information.


Upcast AvBooks iPad Apps Cover All Business Aircraft Categories, Available as Bundle

Upcast, the digital publishing company, has announced the launch of its PropBook app, completing the lineup of four interactive iPad catalogues dealing with all categories of business aircraft: jets, helicopters, turboprops, and piston airplanes.

The apps allow users to browse through beautiful aircraft photographs, look up verified data; and compare specs, cross-sections, and operating costs. A key distinction of the apps is a unique interactive range map feature to quickly see the ranges of up to six fully loaded or empty aircraft from more than 300 cities worldwide.

The apps are frequently updated with new features, information, and additional aircraft. The total database currently lists more than 160 models, in and out of production and in development. According to customer testimonials, they have proven to be an easy-to-use source of accurate data, a great presentation tool to show different aircraft to customers, and an elegant mobile alternative to paper brochures and online tools.

“There are many advantages to using our AvBooks series over other digital products and especially paper presentations,” says publisher Ivan Veretennikov. “They are right there on your iPad and don’t need an Internet connection, so you can access all the data at all times. You can quickly compare different aircraft and choose the ones that suit your mission. And what’s important, it’s good-looking and appeals to this industry, which is focused on getting things done in style. After all, business aviation is not just a tool; for many, it’s a lifestyle too. Why shouldn’t browsing or presenting aircraft be a pleasant experience?”

The Upcast AvBooks apps are now available as a bundle with a significant saving. The bundle and more information is available on the App Store at

For further inquiries, please contact Upcast at




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