Garmin Brings High-End Flight Deck Technology, Animated NEXRAD and More to GTN 650/750 Touchscreen Series

Sixth Major GTN Update Also Incorporates Customized Holds, Fuel Range Rings, and moredoc 1

Garmin announced an expanded feature set and new enhancements for the GTN touchscreen avionics. These new capabilities include customer-requested features such as creating and executing customized holding patterns, search and rescue patterns, as well as animated NEXRAD weather imagery from a variety of weather sources. The GTN 650/750 incorporate enhanced navigation functions that are commonly found within popular Garmin Integrated Flight Decks, including the display of fuel range rings, the ability to fly Instrument Approach Procedures (IAPs) with radius-to-fix (RF) leg types and the option to load a secondary approach while flying a missed approach segment. Many of these new features are enabled by a free software update to bring advanced capabilities and even more functionality to the existing GTN 650/750 touchscreen avionics.

Customized Holds

Pilots who fly with the GTN touchscreen series now have the flexibility to quickly build customized holding patterns. These holds may be created over an existing fix in the navigation database or over a user-defined waypoint and inserted into a flight plan or via direct-to navigation. When creating a hold, pilots can easily input inbound or outbound course guidance, select left or right turns and specify leg length in time or distance. Additionally, pilots may input an Expect Further Clearance (EFC) time, which populates a message on the display of the GTN as a reminder to depart the hold or contact ATC. Unpublished holds or those assigned by air traffic control are easily created and displayed on the GTN 650/750 to simplify the process of flying a holding pattern. With a compatible autopilot, this process is further simplified to support flying the entry of the hold and the holding pattern.

NextGen Navigation Capability

Gardoc 2min has expanded the GTN’s navigation capability to include radius-to-fix (RF) leg support, providing customers with the GTN 650/750 additional instrument approach options. With the GTN touchscreen series and a digital Horizontal Situation Indicator (HSI), including the G500 or G600 flight displays, pilots can now fly RF leg types, which are sometimes found in complex Instrument Approach Procedures. This new capability provides pilots and operators with greater access to airports in areas of the world where instrument approaches are nestled among terrain-challenged environments. Additional instrument approach enhancements include the option to load a secondary approach during the missed approach segment, so pilots can have additional time to prepare for the next approach sequence. For added situational awareness, waypoints prior to the final approach fix (FAF) are also displayed when selecting a vectors-to-final (VTF) transition. Additionally, smoother flight plan mapping takes aircraft speed into consideration, resulting in newly designed curved flight plan segments, as opposed to rigid, point-to-point flight plan connections. These new curved segments allow pilots to better anticipate turns based on airspeed.

Animated NEXRAD Radar

Weather-related decision-making is easier with the GTN 650/750, which helps pilots interpret datalink radar imagery more easily by animating a variety of radar sources. The GTN animates precipitation from several weather sources, including Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) Regional and CONUS radar imagery from the GDL® 88 ADS-B datalink. Additional weather sources include SiriusXM US and Canada NEXRAD radar information received from the GDL 69® SXM receiver, as well as precipitation imagery received from the GSR 56® Iridium datalink transceiver.

Fuel Range Ring

Popular among Garmin’s Integrated Flight Deck product line, the GTN series can now overlay an optional fuel range ring overtop the moving map, displaying the remaining flight distance for the given amount of fuel on board. Aircraft range until operating on reserve fuel and total endurance are displayed as a green dashed line and yellow solid line, respectively. Reserve fuel times are configurable so they can be tailored to each particular flight or operation. The addition of a fuel flow sensor is required to display fuel range data.

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For operators conducting SAR missions, the GTN 650/750 can automatically generate flight plans for four search patterns: Parallel Line Search, Expanding Square, Orbit or Sector Search patterns. These search patterns may be inserted directly into the flight plan or via direct-to navigation. SAR is available as an option and aids in crew situational awareness during these missions by streamlining the process of entering, managing and flying search patterns. Even more, SAR patterns can be flown by a compatible autopilot, so pilots can more easily focus on the task at hand.

Customer-Requested Features

Based on a number of customer requests, additional features provide pilots with a variety of enhancements to their existing GTN 650/750 series products. These new options include:

 GTN COMM/NAV control from G3X™ Touch display
 Additional Metric and Imperial unit display options
 Updated ownship icon options to include seven different fixed-wing aircraft
 LP+V approach support

These new features are expected to be available Q3 2015 for hundreds of aircraft makes and models, including popular helicopter models (installation and optional feature charges may apply).

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Maxcraft Avionics Receives FAA AML STC for Garmin G500H Flight Display for Airbus Helicopters

Maxcraft Avionics Receives FAA AML STC for Garmin G500H Flight Display System in Airbus HelicoptersG500H

Vancouver, BC, July 28, 2015 – Maxcraft Avionics Ltd announced today that it has been awarded an FAA Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of the Garmin G500H Flight Display System in a series of Airbus (Eurocopter) light helicopters. This STC is unique in that it also includes installation approval for supporting and optional systems including: Garmin GTN650, GTN750, GNS430W or GNS530W as the primary GPS/NAV/COM, Garmin SL40, GTR225 or GNC255 as No.2 VHF COM (optional), Garmin GTS800 Traffic Advisory System (optional) and Freeflight RA-4500 Radar Altimeter System (optional). Having all of these systems included in one approved data package greatly simplifies the installation and ongoing support.

STC (SR03539NY) currently includes Airbus Helicopters models: AS350B, AS350Ba, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350 BA, AS350D, AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, AS355NP, EC120B and EC130B4.  Approval for the EC130T2 model is expected by Q4 2015.

 Maxcraft’s president, Daryl MacIntosh described this STC package as the most comprehensive approved avionics upgrade currently available for light helicopters. He also noted that traditional back up instruments can optionally be eliminated with installation of the Mid-Continent MD302 Standby Attitude Module recently approved under Maxcraft’s FAA SR03524NY STC.

 About Maxcraft Avionics Ltd.

Maxcraft specializes in avionics design, installation, and maintenance. Its design services group is among the most professional in Canada, and holds an extensive catalogue of exclusive STCs. Maxcraft’s client base includes operators for all types of aircraft including private, commercial, business, charter, corporate, airline, police, military and air ambulance. As an AMO its state-of-the-art shop facilities provide full service support to the private and commercial fixed wing market as well as the helicopter sector. Maxcraft Avionics can be found on the web at www.maxcraft.ca or may be reached at 604-465-3080.

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Garmin Introduces New, All Digital Bluetooth GMA 350c Audio Panel

Combines Wireless Music, Phone, Telligence Voice Command, 3D Audio, and VIRB XE Connectivity

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Garmin is thrilled today to announce an all-digital series of Bluetooth enabled audio panels, the GMA 350c, GMA 35c and GMA 350Hc. Designed for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, the GMA 350c series incorporates Bluetooth technology for wireless access to music, phone, Garmin Pilot™ alerts and more. This adds to an impressive list of features, including industry-first Telligence Voice Command technology and 3D Audio processing, as well as enhanced auto squelch capability and more. These features decrease heads-down time and increase overall situational awareness in the cockpit.

The all-digital GMA 350c Bluetooth audio panel incorporates patented features and superior voice control to provide pilots with an exclusive feature set unmatched by any other audio panels on the market. Bluetooth technology provides more functionality in the cockpit, giving pilots the option to wirelessly connect a smartphone or tablet to the GMA 350c to easily make phone calls or to stream audio entertainment. Additionally, the GMA 350c series can be paired with the Garmin Pilot app to transmit terrain, obstacle or traffic alerts while in-flight. Pilot-controlled audio distribution ensures the appropriate communications are dispersed to passengers and crew accordingly.

Integration with VIRB® XE, Garmin’s next generation HD action camera, brings a new level of capability to the GMA 350c series. Bluetooth Audio connectivity offered by the GMA 350c allows pilots to connect wirelessly to VIRB XE in place of a headset audio cable to conveniently overlay intercom audio and air traffic control communications while capturing rich, high definition video.

Telligence Voice Command allows pilots to activate select audio panel functions by spoken commands. For example, when workload is the highest, pilots can switch from approach to tower frequency with ease by simply stating “COMM one.” With stereo headsets, three-dimensional sound is simulated with 3D Audio, which mimics how pilots hear and process multiple audio sources. This technology differentiates the audio sources and their unique locations or seat position so they are easier to distinguish. For example, sound from COMM 1 will come from the left, whereas sound from COMM 2 will seem as though it’s coming from the right.

Advanced auto squelch automatically adapts to the volume level within the cockpit. An internal microphone senses ambient noise and adjusts cockpit speaker volume level to ensure important audio transmissions are heard throughout all phases of flight. The GMA 350c analyzes cockpit noise levels and adjusts speaker volume accordingly to ensure alerts are quieter on the ground and louder in-flight. The GMA 350c series includes pilot, copilot and up to five passenger stereo intercom. It also supports three stereo music inputs, as well as dual COMM, NAV and AUX audio inputs. A built-in digital clearance recorder can record up to 2.5 minutes of selected COMM radio transmissions, so pilots can optionally play back clearances or unclear radio transmissions.

Contributing to an easy and convenient upgrade path, the GMA 350c is pin-compatible with the GMA 340 and GMA 350. The GMA 350c is designed as a direct replacement for existing GMA audio panel installations and as a slide-in replacement for the GMA 350. In addition to enhanced Bluetooth capabilities, the GTN 750 series has tightly integrated audio compatibility with the GMA 35c remote audio processor. For use in helicopters, the GMA 350Hc has the same core features as the GMA 350c, adding three COMM support, night vision compatibility and more.

Call our Maxcraft team for your order today!

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Bose 2015 Summer Promotion

Buy one headset, get a gift! Buy two headsets, get 10% off AND a gift!Bose-A20-Headset

For a limited time, the more headsets you buy, the more you save and the cooler the gift!

Depending on quantity of headsets purchased, customers are eligible to receive four separate gifts with purchase of the Bose A20 Aviation headset.  In addition, purchasers can receive 10% off the second and subsequent purchases of the Bose A20 Aviation headset.

 

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This promotion is valid from July 19, 2015 until August 8, 2015!

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Garmins new product announcements at Oshkosh AirVenture 2015

Garmin is ready for a fabulous week at AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. They have many new exciting announcements of new products and updates. As these new products are announced we will be posting them here.

Today we are happy to announce the following:

  • Garmin Brings High-End Flight Deck Technology, Animated NEXRAD and More to GTN 650/750 Touchscreen Seriesdoc 1

Garmin announced an expanded feature set and new enhancements for the GTN touchscreen avionics. These new capabilities include customer-requested features such as creating and executing customized holding patterns, search and rescue patterns, as well as animated NEXRAD weather imagery from a variety of weather sources. Read more here.

  • Garmin Introduces New, All Digital Bluetooth GMA 350c Audio PanelGMA350c Audio Panel

Garmin is thrilled today to announce an all-digital series of Bluetooth enabled audio panels, the GMA 350c, GMA 35c and GMA 350Hc. Designed for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, the GMA 350c series incorporates Bluetooth technology for wireless access to music, phone, Garmin Pilot™ alerts and more. Read more here.

Virb XE Aviation

  • Garmin announces a new aviation-specific action camera

Garmin is excited to announce a premier, aviation-specific addition to the VIRB XE action camera family from the experts in aviation action cameras, providing several new accessories and unique features tailored to capturing rich, high definition footage in-flight. Read more here.

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Garmin announces a new aviation-specific action camera

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Garmin is excited to announce a premier, aviation-specific addition to the VIRB XE action camera family from the experts in aviation action cameras, providing several new accessories and unique features tailored to capturing rich, high definition footage in-flight. VIRB XE features gyro-based stabilization and can receive advanced attitude metrics from select Garmin products such as Flight Stream, while providing up to two hours of HD video recording on a single charge. Built-in GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi and ANT+ combine to provide pilots with added functionality and enhanced connectivity with a variety of Garmin products.

The VIRB XE Aviation Bundle provides pilots with all they need to begin capturing exciting in-flight HD video in a single package. The Aviation Bundle features a stereo headset audio cable, so pilot-to-pilot communications and air traffic control transmissions can be heard and embedded within the video. For easy installation, a slide-on prop filter is also provided to eliminate propeller distortion created while filming video in-flight or capturing high quality still photos.

With G-Metrix, VIRB XE utilizes internal sensors such as the high-sensitivity GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope to capture even more performance data. Additionally, VIRB XE is Connext-capable so aviation-specific data can be received from the G3X Touch flight display or Flight Stream 110/210 and then overlaid on the video.

Cross-product compatibility with VIRB XE, D2 Bravo, and Garmin Pilot offer pilots more functionality, which comes with the same reliability and superiority pilots trust with their Garmin avionics. Many functions of VIRB XE can be controlled within Garmin Pilot on iOS devices today with additional capabilities expected later this year. Garmin Pilot customers who utilize Android operating systems can expect compatibility later this year. VIRB XE also features the ability to connect to the new GMA 350c series audio panels via Bluetooth, which can embed audio overtop rich, high definition video, without the need for a headset cable. Existing VIRB X/XE action cameras are compatible with the new headset audio cable and prop filter and may be purchased separately.

In addition to the new headset cable and prop filter for aviation, Garmin is adding a new robust windscreen suction cup mount, 16GB Class 10 microSD card, and a free trial to Garmin Pilot. The VIRB XE Aviation Bundle offers pilots a comprehensive package to takeoff and go flying, complete with the most popular accessories used by pilots.

VIRB XE Aviation Bundle 

  • VIRB XE HD action camera
  • Headset audio cable
  • Propeller filter
  • 16 GB, Class 10 microSD card
  • Suction cup mount
  • Free trial of Garmin Pilot

 Call our Maxcraft team for more for more information on the VIRB XE!

 Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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FAA approval for IFD440, Q3 promotion with FREE ADS-B, and new features to IFD540

IFD440 Now Certified; and R10.1 for both IFD440 & 540

Avidyne announced today that certification of their IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM and Release 10.1 software for the IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM.  Since receiving the FAA approval of R10.1 software for the IFD540, it includes a software fix that removes the AD that was issued in May.

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Avidyne is offering a Q3 promotion which is allowing customer who purchase an IFD540 and IFD440 (or dual 540’s or dual 440s) to get a free MLB100 ADS-B receiver! (a $2,495 value!)

The MLB100 provides ADS-B in to the IFD540/440s for FIS-B Wx.

The IFD540 & IFD440 represent the next generation in FMS/GPS/ NAV/COM systems. Each provides VHF communication and SBAS/ LPV precision navigation and are designed to meet the accuracy and integrity requirements for ADS-B as part of the NextGen airspace initiative. As plug-and play replacements for legacy systems, the IFD540 & IFD440 each share the same basic functionality in large and compact display formats respectively.

Call us or see us at Maxcraft to order yours now. Sale ends September 30, 2015

R10.1 adds new features to IFD540

Release 10.1 (R10.1) software is a field-loadable upgrade for the IFD540 that includes product improvements and new functionality such as:

  • Support for display of ADS-B (FIS-B) weather when interfaced with an Avidyne MLB100 or MLX200.
  • Rubber-banding of the active flight plan leg – Now the magenta ‘active’ leg can also be stretched, providing a new active waypoint using the touch screen.
  • Scrollable data blocks – Allows the pilot have more data blocks configured than can be displayed on a single screen. Using the touch screen, the pilot can scroll up or down to view addition data blocks.
  • Standby Com Monitor – Enables monitoring of the standby COM frequency when connected to an Avidyne AMX240 audio panel.
  • Multiple-user configurations – Allows up to 5 user configurations of data blocks, page layouts, and checklists can be saved.
  • Expanded checklists – We have added more check list pages, and multiple users can customize, save, and recall their own checklists.
  • Download/Saving of user-defined waypoints, flight plan routes – Allows pilots to save all their user-defined waypoints and saved flight plans to a USB jump drive, so they can easily be restored to another unit or saved as backup.
  • Support for control of Avidyne’s new remote-mounted AXP322 remote Mode S transponder with ADS-B OUT.
  • Enables Bluetooth® and WiFi – While the hardware for wireless connectivity has been in the boxes since the beginning,  R10.1 is the first activation of wireless functionality—specifically, the MK10 mini Keyboard, which allows pilots to enter waypoints, flight plans, and zoom the map range in and out, among other things via Bluetooth.

Additional feature enhancements and new capabilities are outlined on our www.AvidyneLive.com website at:
http://forums.avidyne.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=573&title=ifd540-440-software-release-10100

R10.1 Removes AD on IFD540

Release 10.1 also removes the Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) regarding limitations on GPS approaches with specific leg types that was issued in May to existing owners of Avidyne IFD540 systems. With the R10.1 upgrade, this AD can now be removed from the Limitations Section of the airplane flight manual or flight manual supplement.

The field-loadable Release 10.1 software upgrade is a no-charge warranty upgrade for all current IFD540 owners.  Avidyne is accepting orders for R10.1 upgrades now through authorized dealers. The Service Bulletin is available as part of the upgrade kit.

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Lynx and a Cessna 182

Lynx – New transponder/MFD/ADS-B single-box solution first install in a Cessna 182

It’s Original paint still in excellent conditionbeen just four months since L3 unveiled its new low-cost ADS-B solution, the L3 ‘Lynx’ and Maxcraft is a big believer in this new technology. Today, Maxcraft has the privilege of performing the very first Lynx installation in Canada (and one of the first few in the world). The L3 Lynx NGT-9000 is an ADS-B touchscreen transponder and multi-function display. With ADS-B in, FIS-B, and an internal WAAS GPS receiver, it can display traffic, weather, and moving maps… all within the form-factor of a legacy transponder with no remote boxes. As an added benefit the Lynx has the option to enable the built-in L-3 NextGen ActiveTraffic system, which blends ADS-B with active traffic data, providing an uninterrupted display of aircraft equipped with Mode A, C and S transponders. This is especially useful in Canada, where ADS-B traffic is not available.

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The benefits of a traditional panel footprint are especially apparent on an aircraft like this. With only 560 hours logged, this Cessna 182P ‘Skylane II comes to us completely stock, and equipped with all its original Cessna avionics from the 1970’s. Despite this (or perhaps because of this) the Lynx NGT-9000 feels right at home in the center avionics stack with no structural modification necessary.

Because this product is so new, and because we’re so excited about it, we’ve decided to give you this early preview. There are, however, no completed panel photos, as we have not yet finished this installation. Sometime in the coming weeks, we’ll update this page with a shot of our completed installation, the rest of the this avionics package (see below), and some first-hand feedback on the Lynx itself.

Summary Of Final Installed Systems

  • NGT-9000 “Lynx” MuliLink Surveilence System(L3)
  • GTN750 GPS/NAV/COM (Garmin)
  • GNC225 Nav Com System(Garmin)
  • Flight Stream 210 (Garmin)
  • 406AF Compact ELT (Kannad)
  • GMA 340 Audio System – four place intercom (Garmin)

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

 

 

 

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Solar Impulse Ocean Crossing

Ocean Crossing To Hawaii : the Moment of Truth.

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Will the third time be lucky?

Endeavoring to reach Hawaii from Japan to encourage the use of clean technologies (#futureisclean), the solar powered aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg attempts the longest exploration leg of the Solar Impulse’s Round-The-World mission.

At the controls, André will venture into the unknown. This flight is demanding and challenging particularly given its duration: 120 hours on solar power only. It is a feat never accomplished before in the world of aviation.

Click here to follow their flight Solar Impulse

 Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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Lightspeed Sale!

 Summer 2015 Promotion

Lightspeed is offering ANOTHER sale!  Starting now, save instantly $125 on selected headsets. (PFX and Zulu 2).

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This sale ends August 2, 2015,  so hurry and come into Maxcraft and check out the savings!

Maxcraft Avionics is a leader in airplane and helicopter avionic system upgrades, including installation of everything from basic VHF Radios and flight instruments, all the way to sophisticated GPS, TCAS, EFIS, and glass cockpit systems. We have the largest avionics facility in Canada and over 20,000 unique part numbers in our inventory to repair your aircraft or upgrade your cockpit.

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