Lynx and ForeFlight Are Now Compatible

Maxcraft Avionics is pleased to announce that L-3 and ForeFlight now talk to each other! We did the first Lynx install in Canada (see project and video here) and we were hoping back then that these two companies would team up on their award winning products.

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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 G5 for Certificated Aircraft

AML STC Approves Installation in Thousands of General Aviation Aircraft

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Garmin is pleased to announce the FAA approval of the G5 electronic flight instrument in type certificated fixed-wing general aviation aircraft. Installation approval is accomplished via supplemental type certificate (STC) with a comprehensive approved model list (AML) containing 562 aircraft models. The compact and cost-effective G5 delivers exceptional performance and reliability as a standalone primary source for aircraft attitude or turn coordination information while also displaying secondary information such as airspeed, altitude and more. Availability of this STC is representative of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) initiative to encourage and permit specific enhancements to aircraft in an effort to improve pilot situational awareness among the existing general aviation fleet.

Bringing Innovative, Cost – effective Technology to Thousands of GA Aircraft 

The G5 for certificated aircraft is approved for installation as a replacement for the aircraft’s primary attitude indicator or turn coordinator via a Garmin-held STC for hundreds of certificated fixed-wing aircraft models. Valid for flight under VFR and IFR conditions, the G5 electronic flight instrument is an economical upgrade for thousands of aircraft owners who are seeking an electronic attitude indicator with greater dependability and internal redundancy over mechanical gyro-driven flight instruments.

Greater Reliability and Increased Situational Awareness

Boasting a bright, 3.5-inch sunlight-readable liquid crystal display (LCD), the G5 is approved as a primary source for aircraft attitude or turn coordination information and secondary source for altitude, airspeed and vertical speed in a single instrument. Installation is simple and easy as the G5 integrates with the aircraft’s existing pitot/static system to display attitude, airspeed, altitude, vertical speed, slip/skid, turn rate, configurable V-speed references, barometric setting and selected altitude as well as visual alerts upon arriving at the pre-selected altitude. GPS-based track and groundspeed information is also displayed. A dedicated rotary knob also allows for easy adjustments to barometric pressure setting as well as altitude and ground track bugs.

Seamless Installation

Suitable for installation in place of a sG5atandard 3-1/8-inch (79.4 mm.) flight instrument, G5 measures 3-inches in depth and includes a back-up battery so it easily integrates into a wide range of aircraft. Installation is further simplified as the G5 needs only power, ground, pitot/static inputs and a GPS input from an approved navigator. The STC also includes interface approval to many common GPS antennas if an approved GPS output is not available in the aircraft. As part of the STC, the G5 for certificated aircraft includes a back-up battery with up to a four-hour power reserve. Pilots can easily reference battery status in the upper left-hand corner of the display. An STC permission letter will be granted for each aircraft in which the G5 for certificated aircraft is installed. To retrieve this STC letter, dealers will need to redeem the single-use registration code included in the standard kit by following the steps outlined on an information card.

For pricing and more information contact our Maxcraft Team!

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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New ADS-B Transponders for experimental and amateur-built aircraft

GTX 45RToday Garmin announced GTX45R and GTX35R remote mount ADS-B transponders for experimental aircraft. Both satisfy ADS-B “out” requirements with the GTX45R also offering ADS-B “in”. These transponders are designed specifically for the home-built market. They are controlled and configured by G3X and G3X touch flight displays meaning sport aircraft owners can now take advantage of a straightforward easy-to-install transponder that meets modern airspace initiatives around the world.

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Both transponders are expected to begin shipping September 2016, and will be available at Maxcraft with, or without installation.

*G3X and GTN 625 Promotions

If you purchase a G3X system you have the option of purchasing a GTN625 at a special, reduced price. This promotion is available until December 31, 2016.

GTXMaxcraft 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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Big news from Garmin just in time for EAA Air Venture

Today, Garmin goes public on the newest addition to its Connext line of products – and let me say: it is a game changer. We also have fresh announcements on software updates, database bundles, and promotional discounts for summer 2016.

Flight Stream 510 with Revolutionary Wi-Fi Database Concierge

Fligflight streamht Stream 510 is a small, patented Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled MMC card that enables communication between the GTN 650/750 series and two compatible Apple or Android mobile devices operating Garmin Pilot. Wi-Fi connectivity is used for database transfer, while Bluetooth allows for a wide variety of additional capabilities, including flight plan transfer. All this is crammed into a small data card with no additional wiring necessary.

New Cost-Effective Garmin Nav Data & Bundles

flight stream 2Flight Stream 510 is just one piece of Garmin’s strategy for making database updates easier. Garmin now offers its own cost-effective navigation databases. These databases are available à la carte, or as part of a OnePak database bundle. OnePak bundles are available for all currently supported navigators, primary flights displays, and integrated flight decks. Cost-effective annual subscriptions start as low as $299USD, adding up to thousands of dollars in potential savings.

All-in-one GNS card Programmer

While owners of GNS series navigators won’t be able to use the new Flight Stream 510, they can still take advantage of Onepak bundles using Garmin’s new all-in-one card programmer for GNS navigators. This USB device allows you to update Navigation, Terrain, and Obstacle database subscriptions from your own PC by logging into flyGarmin.com.

G500/G600 Software Updates and New FeaturesG500 software update

In the latest software version, G500/G600 owners will get yet another new feature to help them easily keep databases up-to-date. With database synchronization, Primary flight displays and GTN navigators will automatically synchronize after the first is updated. Simply update one, and the others will follow.

Even better, GTX 345 ADS-B transponders now interface with G500/G600 flight displays to show ADS-B “In” traffic and weather. For new installations, the G500/G600 software update also adds support for the new GSU 75 ADAHRS. The GSU 75 ADAHRS combines previous air data & attitude and heading reference units, reducing wiring and installation complexity with a single unit design.

GTN750/650 Software Updates and New Features

GTN software updateGTN owners get an especially exciting collection of new features in the latest update. Telligence Voice Command controls the GTN via Spoken Commands using a separate push-to-command button. When paired with GMA™ 35/GMA 350 audio panels Telligence now accepts hundreds of commands at the push of a button. New software also includes support for Flight Stream 510, database synchronization, voice commands, pinch-to-zoom, and for those with a GSR 56 data link: phone calls over headset via paired apple devices.

Summer Promotions and Discounts

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Last but not least, there are a ton of savings and new promotions announced today, the first of which is the ADS-B Shopping Spree Rebate. This promotion offers deep rebates up to $2000 when you include a Garmin ADS-B product in your next panel upgrade. A limited-time offer is also available for customers who purchase GTX345 ADS-B transponders with Aera 660 handhelds. Next up is the King Air G1000 5-5-5 Rebate, which offers 5-years of database coverage, 3 additional years of warranty (for a total of 5 years), and a $5000 Epic Fuel card to King Air owners who purchase a G1000 integrated flight deck before September 2nd, 2016.

For details on these offers, or if you have any other questions, send us an e-mail at sales@maxcraft.ca. One of our experts will be happy to help.

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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5 Popular Garmin Pilot Features

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Maxcraft thinks you should know these Garmin Pilot features.  These are the 5 top features that we think will make you want to try the Garmin Pilot. Garmin 5-features-blog

  1. Flight Profile View: One of Garmin Pilot’s newest features, the Flight Profile View, provides pilots with a vertical profile of the flight path. In this mode, Garmin Pilot displays airspace, METARs, winds aloft, as well as water and traffic when connected to a GDL 39, Flight Stream or GTX 345 all-in-one ADS-B transponder. We’re used to seeing what our flight path looks like from above, but with Flight Profile View now you can see it from an entirely new perspective. Flight Profile View is only available on iOS compatible devices.garmin pilot 1
  1. NavTrack: With the NavTrack feature in Garmin Pilot, pilots can scroll along their route of flight to get weather and airport information. As the cursor is advanced along the flight path, METARs and TAFs for local airports are displayed to provide the latest current and future information for area airports.

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  1. Logbook: Quite possibly one of the most popular features in Garmin Pilot, especially to those of us who forget to put pen to paper after every flight. Garmin Pilot’s logbook feature takes the guesswork out of figuring out flight time by automatically generating flights. Logbook also incorporates reporting features to keep track of currency and aircraft/type time, as well as an electronic way to record endorsements. Logbook is only available on compatible iOS tablets, but is coming to Android soon!garmin pilot 3

 

  1. Radial Menu: With Garmin Pilot’s Radial Menu feature, getting information about an airport, waypoint, airspace, weather and more is only one touch away. Simply tap a symbol on the map, and a circular menu will pop up with options to advance for more information.

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  1. Rich, Interactive Maps: Garmin Pilot would not be what it is without its broad stable of colorful, informative maps. With everything from the classic VFR and IFR chart options, to our rich dynamic maps, you will have access to an incredible amount of information that until recent times, could only be found on paper and in books.

If you don’t already fly with Garmin Pilot, try it here with a free 30-day trial on the App Store and Google Play Store.

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 Summer Sale

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2016 Summer gift-with-purchase promotion

Many of our customers are extremely satisfied with their Lightspeed headsets and customer service.  Maxcraft is proud to offer this 16,800 mAh multi-function, portable power bank and jump-starter with a embossed vinyl case with every purchase.

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Promotional period:
Start date: Friday, July 1, 2016
End date: Monday, August 15, 2016

The offer:
Buy any new Lightspeed headset at full retail price and get a free 16,800 mAh multi-function, portable power bank and jump-starter. This is a powerful, compact, and convenient travel companion that can charge all of your portable electronic devices, including smart phones, tablets, and GPS units. It will also jump-start your vehicle, has a built-in multifunction flashlight, and includes a embossed vinyl case. It has a retail value of $100 USD.

To receive the gift with purchase, you must complete and submit a redemption form, along with proof of purchase to Lightspeed Aviation.

Come into our store and check out the various types of Lightspeed headsets. Or go to our webstore 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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Bonanza J35 and a Bonanza M35 nose to tail in Maxcraft hangar

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In the hangar this week: not one, not two but three V-tail Bonanzas. These are  fairly uncommon planes to begin with, so  finding three in one hangar at the same time is a rare occurrence.

The Beechcraft Bonanza is an American built aircraft introduced in 1947.  It’s is a six seater, single engine aircraft with six cylinders, and low wing configuration. The model 35 with both retractable landing gear and its signature V-tail elevator-rudder (called a ruddervator), it is one of the more efficient and distinctive private aircraft in the sky. Ruddervators are not the only unique feature on the Bonanza. Here’s an interesting excerpt from Wikipedia:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll Bonanzas have an unusual feature; the yoke and rudder pedals are interconnected by a systems of bungee cords that assist in keeping the airplane incoordinated flight during turns.  The bungee system allows the pilot to make coordinated turns using the yoke alone, or with minimal rudder input, during cruise flight. Increased right-rudder pressure is still required on takeoff to overcome engine torque and P-factor. In the landing phase, the bungee system must be overridden by the pilot when making crosswind landings, which require cross-controlled inputs to keep the nose of the airplane aligned with the runway centerline without drifting left or right.  

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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David Clark announces the new DC One-X headset

The David Clark DC ONE-X ANR Headset features a great combination of comfort, technology and durability. david clarke

Offering hybrid electronic noise cancellation, blue tooth wireless technology, fail-safe operation, digital signal processing technology, audio mute, stereo/mono selection, and a five year warranty, and comes with a host of features not found in any other David Clark headset.

The new One-x includes a rugged, yet lightweight alloy suspension system with adjustable headband and swivel hinge stirrups. This ensures a personalized fit  for just about any head size and allows for accurate distribution of weight.

The One-X is designed to fit completely around the ear, which offers a better seal, especially when wearing eyeglasses, and results in better noise attenuation.  Leatherette-covered memory foam ear seals reduce heat buildup and absorb  pressure around the ear while a soft, vented head pad does the same for your head..

Like many modern headsets, The One-X includes active noise cancellation via two microphones. One microphone is positioned on the exterior of the headphone dome (the feed forward portion of the circuit). The second is placed inside the dome adjacent to the speaker (the feedback of the circuit). Both microphones send sampled noise signals into a noise cancellation processor, creating an anti-noise signal.  The signal is then amplified and passed along to the speaker inside of the earcup. This advanced, Hybrid Electronic Cancellation technology delivers extraordinary ANR performance to this headset.

One-X is equipped with wireless Bluetooth which is easy to pair with excellent wireless entertainment input audio quality and has a control for muting the Bluetooth music. The audio quality is comparable to all headsets on the market today.

The One-X also collapses for compact storage for the soft carry bag.

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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D2 Bravo Titanium Pilot Watch from Garmin

D2 Bravo Titanium Pilot - CopyWe loved the style and functionality of the D2 Bravo and are excited to introduce Garmin’s Titanium version.  Offering another level of sophistication to their already fabulous watch collection, this  is a sophisticated smartwatch with a premium titanium band, wrist heart rate and more.

D2 Bravo Titanium is a premium aviation GPS smartwatch that combines contemporary design with sophisticated connectivity to bring pilots and aviation enthusiasts an elite aviator watch.

With uncompromising details such as a hybrid titanium band and gunmetal bezel, sapphire  lens  and  high-resolution  color  display, D2 Bravo Titanium combines the GPS wearable technology Garmin is known for with a sleek form factor suitable for activities both inside and outside of the cockpit. It also boasts new multisport activity profiles like golf and advanced fitness training, as well as the addition of Garmin Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate technology, allowing customers to measure heart rate 24/7. Additional features on D2 Bravo Titanium are also available to existing D2 Bravo customers via a free software upgrade, including the display of Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs), integration of an automatic logbook and a customizable aviation watch face that allows customers to input the tail number of their aircraft.

Stylish, Rugged, Uncompromising DesignD2 Bravo Titanium Pilot side pic

  • Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) hybrid titanium band and scratch- resistant sapphire lens for enhanced durability
  • sunlight-readable color display with an LED backlight
  • elevate wrist heart rate technology
  • water-rated to 100 meters
  • up to 16 hours of battery life in GPS mode, and up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode

Designed for Pilots, by Pilots

  • D2 Bravo Titanium Pilot frontincorporates a worldwide airport database and support for up to 18 languages to meet the needs of pilots around the globe
  • pilots can view aviation routine weather reports (METARs) and Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs) in plain language
  • create flight plans, and includes both an altimeter with an adjustable barometric setting and a compass with an HSI and moving map
  • Direct-to and Nearest buttons along the side of the bezel allow for immediate navigation commands
  • customizable data fields include Estimated Time Enroute (ETE), Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) and more

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  • suitable back-up navigator in the cockpit
  • multisport functions for golfing, rowing, swimming, hiking, skiing, running and more
  • activity tracking functions1, which count steps and provide a customized step goal each morning, while also counting calories and distance throughout the day
  • vibration move alert after 1 hour of inactivity along with sleep mode to monitor quality of rest at night
  • black silicone band included
  • download more than 40,000 golf courses worldwide for precise course data and use their watch as a digital scorecard

Automated Logbook Sync

  • Automated flight logging offers  pilots  a  convenient  way  to  maintain  a  consistent  log  of  their  flights  with D2 Bravo Titanium, which also automatically syncs and stores logbook data within flyGarmin.com® as well as the Garmin Pilot™ application on a mobile device

Enhancements and Updated Price for the Original D2 Bravo

  • All new and current D2 Bravo owners have access to a free software upgrade that enables the display of TAFs and automated flight logging and includes the addition of new activities such as golf. A customizable watch face and option to display an aircraft tail number is also available with this new software update. The D2 Bravo software update is available now via Garmin.com

 

Come and visit our staff, or visit us on line here to order your new watch!

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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2016 Aircraft Electronics Association Convention and Tradeshow

The 59th Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show happened in Orlando, Florida this past week.

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Last week Steve and Michael returned from the Aircraft Electronics association Convention and Tradeshow in Orlando Florida. This four day event is the largest wholesale avionics show in general aviation, with over 2,000 avionics manufacturers, repairs stations, installers and aviation professionals in attendance.

This is the biggest week in the avionics industry with more than 75 hours of training and regulatory sessions with accreditation towards TC’s and  FAA’s IA renewal s. Presentations by civil aviation authorities, including the FAA, TCCA, EASA and others, share vital regulatory information with all attendees.

Equally important, AEA showcases cutting-edge new avionics products, often for the first time.

Highlights of this year’s new product introductions included….

1. GoGo Aviation announced:

  • A doubling of their Canadian coverage for their Air-To-Ground inflight broadband connection
  • New lower bundled data plans
    • Starting at $39/hr for text, voice, and data (no minimums or overages)
    • Vision entertainment plans from $525 to maximum $895/mth

2. Mid-Continent’s True Blue Power showed off their new TA202 Series High Power USB Charging Port

3. The TA202 Series simultaneously provides 3 amps of power per charging port. Available in single and dual USB Type-A and Type-C configurations.New antennas from Cobham for next gen transponders

4. L3 enhancements to their already successful NGT-9000 transponder

  • A Class B embedded terrain awareness warning system (eTaws)
  • ADS-B traffic advisory system (ATAS) aural alerting option

5. Avidyne continues to add features to their IFD series of GPS Flight Management Systems

  • Synthetic Vision (SVS) displays are available on every version of their growing line of IFD-Series GPS FMS systems.
  • IFD410, a GPS-only version of the IFD440
  • The new IFD550 FMS/GPS/NAV COM with the addition of an integrated Attitude Reference System (ARS).
  • The new IFD100, an iPad-based application that mimics all the functionality of their IFD-Series GPS Flight Management Systems, and giving pilots a powerful new tool for managing their flight.

6. Our friends at Jupiter Avionics continue expand their product line:

  • JA71 Dzus blanking plate series
  • JA71/77 Dzus Rail switch plates with removable legends
  • JA72 Dsus Glove box and USB charger series
  • JA37 Aural message generators
  • JA35 remote summing amp

7. Rockwell Collins

  • CASP expansion with new 100 hour minimums

7. Astronautics announced a new primary Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) for helicopters called the RoadRunner:

  • The RoadRunner is a form-fit-function upgrade for helicopters that increases reliability and offers operators the choice of moving from electromechanical instruments and legacy EFIs to modern digital displays. The new EFI provides operators enhanced safety, decreased operating costs, weight reduction, and minimal downtime for installation

These are just a few highlights of the many new products introduced at AEA. Please contact us at Maxcraft and we would be happy to discuss all the new technology!

 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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