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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Stylish Aviator Watch with Sophisticated Aviation Features

Garmin introduces D2 Bravo!Bravo 2

A next-generation aviator watch that combines practical functionality and sophisticated design to bring pilots and aviation enthusiasts a premium GPS watch.  D2 Bravo incorporates Garmin’s signature direct-to and nearest airport navigation features complete with a worldwide aviation navigation database.  New and exclusive benefits such as altitude alerts including preset alerts for altitudes requiring supplemental oxygen, as well as easy access to current aviation weather information, set D2 Bravo apart from other pilot watches on the market.  In addition to in-flight functionality, D2 Bravo incorporates versatile activity tracking features and multi-sport functions while supporting Smartphone connectivity.

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With uncompromising details such as a stainless steel bezel and domed sapphire lens, D2 Bravo combines GPS and wearable technology that Garmin is known for and offers a sophisticated new form factor suitable for pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike.

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  • High Quality Materials for a Luxury Look and Feel – sapphire lens, stainless steel bezel, glass fiber reinforced housing and more
  • Smart Phone Connectivity and Alerting Capability – alerts, beneficial weather information, METARs, IMC, etc.
  • A True Aviators Watch – brown leather band, direct to and nearest functions, worldwide airport database and more
  • More Than Just GPS – accurate altimeter, barometric setting, compass with HSI, moving map display etc.
  • Integrated Activity Tracking and Monitoring – activity tracking information, biking, swimming, skiing data and more

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Call our team or go to our webstore for more information!

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’s Pilot Essentials Rebate Program

Save up to $100 on Select Garmin Portables between June 1st and July 31st!

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You can save up to $100 on purchases of Garmin handhelds starting now through July 31, 2015.Garmin-D2-Aviator-Watch

Rebates are available for the aera 500 series, aera 795/796, GPSMAP 695/696, VIRB Elite Aviation bundle and the VIRB/D2 Combo Pack.

Virb 4You can save $50 on the aera 500/510 as well as the VIRB Elite Aviation Bundle.  Savings of $75 are available on the Aviator Action Pack (D2 and VIRB)One rebate is available for each qualifying product purchase. Customers need to fill out a rebate form including the serial number and date of purchase.  Contact us now to purchase your new Garmin hand held!

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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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Finally! Garmin Pilot Offers Expanded Coverage in Canada to Include Canadian Charts

Maxcraft has been a huge supporter for this product.  We are pleased to say we had some influence in pushing this product for Canada.

Below is a good article from Lucy’s Logbook about the Garmin Pilot for Canada.

Just last fall, Garmin Pilot introduced expanded coverage within Canada for iOS devices with a comprehensive suite of navigation and weather information. Garmin Pilot Canada Premium provides flight planning capabilities, feature-rich navigation and a number of weather products including NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs and more. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve incorporated NAV CANADA aeronautical chart coverage throughout Canada, providing valuable information such as radio frequencies, airspace boundaries, landmark information and more.coverage in cda

The latest version of Garmin Pilot Canada Premium incorporates new aeronautical chart coverage within Canada, which may be conveniently downloaded by region. With version 7.3 on iOS, Garmin Pilot Canada Premium offers the following Canadian charts:

  • VFR Navigation Charts (VNC)
  • VFR Terminal Area Charts (VTA)
  • Enroute High and Low Altitude Charts
  • IFR Low Altitude Terminal Area Charts

Garmin Pilot Canada Premium is currently available in the iTunes store and offers a comprehensive suite of navigation and weather information for Canada including North American navigation data provided by Jeppesen, Rich, interactive maps within Garmin Pilot support north-up and track-up navigation, so maps, their labels and the information displayed on the map are upright and easy to read. Geo-referenced FliteCharts include approaches, departures and arrival procedures and SafeTaxi incorporates geo-referenced airport diagrams in Canada.

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 Enhanced Situational Awareness Rebate is extended!

Customer rebate and save up to $5,000 on Garmin Avionics…again!ESA rebate

Garmin is excited to announce a fantastic customer rebate opportunity!  Ranging from glass cockpits, GPS/NAV/COM, traffic, weather solutions, ADS-B, and Connext, here is something here for those looking for a complete cockpit upgrade, or just adding to their already exciting Garmin product range.

  • Customers upgrading to an all digital EFIS G600 system qualify for a $2,000 rebate. Purchase a G500 system with the SVT option and also receive a $2,000 saving.
  • Receive $1000 off a combined purchase of a GTN, plus an ADS-B capable product (such as the GDL 88 or GTX 33 ES), plus a Flight Stream 110 or 210.
  • Traffic can be added with the GTS 800, 825, and 855 for a further $1,000 saving.
  • Need worldwide weather, in-air phone calling, position reports, or inflight text messages? The GSR 56 Iridium weather receiver also qualifies for a $1,000 rebate.

The full combination advanced situational awareness upgrades could save you a total of up to $5,000 off, a fantastic savings opportunity!

There is no better time than now to upgrade thanks to the latest version of software for the G500 and G600 systems. Version 7.00 allows you to take advantage of enhanced map and display functionality, weather support, altitude preselect for additional select autopilots, GRA 55/GRA 5500 radar altimeter support, GMA 350 marker beacon display, selected altitude arc and more!

The rebate begins now (July 1) and runs until August 31, 2015.  Have questions?  Come see us at Maxcraft or call us!

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 Products live from the AEA Convention in Dallas

AEA 2015Our team just returned from Aircraft Electronics Association Convention in Dallas with news of the latest and greatest in avionics developments. Many of these products are available now and some are still many months out, but this summary will keep you informed on the trends. For a detailed summary, read it in our April newsletter.

ADS-B Solutions This was the big buzz at show and many new products were introduced to make aircraft ADS-B compliant.FreeFlight-1201-WAAS-0313a

Aspen Avionics announced the introduction of its integrated Evolution Angle of Attack (AOA) indicator.

L-3 Aviation Products has officially launched its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System (MSS) line of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) products.  

Mid-Continent has released a new software update for the SAM MD302 Standby Attitude Module that now displays heading information amongst other features.

Garmin announced enhanced capability and an expanded feature set for the G500/G600 glass flight display systems.

pda360exPS Engineering has an upgrade path for their original PMA6000 to the PMA7000M featuring Intellevox auto squelch, Bluetooth, etc.

Jupiter Avionics is starting to ship in May, their long awaited JA94 Dual Audio Controller.

Rockwell Collins has expanded its Pro Line Fusion® avionics upgrade to include Pro Line II-equipped King Air 350 aircraft.  

Latitude Technologies released news of their DL150 Satellite Data Unit.

Gogo Business Aviation introduced the ATG 1000 Connectivity System, a new product specifically designed for light jets and turboprops.

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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Major software update for your G500 or G600 Flight Display System

 

As part of Maxcraft’s commitG500 emailment to providing ongoing support to its clients, we’re writing to inform you of a major software update for you G500 or G600 flight display system. This upgrade has been several years in the making and enhances both functionality and compatibility in a multitude of ways. Although not a mandatory upgrade, here at Maxcraft we feel it’s worthwhile.

  • Enhanced Map and Display Functionality
    • Pilots will notice the moving map offers faster display and map rendering and demonstrates an overall revitalized transformation of the existing avionics suite.
    • While flying Instrument Approach procedure with Geo-referenced Garmin FliteCharts, a magenta aircraft icon is overlaid on the approach plates so pilots can easily identify their location relative to the approach
    • WireAware incorporates wire-strike avoidance technology to graphically overlay power line locations and altitude information on the moving map. TAWS alerting is also available to provide visual and aural altering. Hazard database subscriptions with US coverage start $49.95
    • Smart airspace integration highlights the airspace nearest to the aircraft’s current altitude and de-emphasizes non-pertinent airspace. With airspace altitude overlays, pilots can easily view airspace maximum and minimum altitudes.
  • Advanced ADS-B Integration (with the GDL 88 ADS-B datalink)
    • Safety enhancing ADS-B traffic and subscription-free Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) display on the G500/G600
    • TerminalTraffic displays ADS-B-equipped aircraft and ground vehicles in the airport environment. Aircraft in-flight are easily distinguished from ground vehicles and taxiing aircraft using distinct colours and symbols
    • TargetTrend relative motion technology helps pilots visualize the trend of traffic as it relates to their aircraft. For customers with synthetic vision technology (SVT) enables, traffic targets are also displayed on the PFD.
    • Weather is now easily accessible on the MFD portion fo the G500/G600, displaying NEXRAD radar, METARs, TAFs, winds and temperatures aloft, AIRMETs, SIGMETs, PIREPs, as well as datalink TFRs, NOTAMs and SUA status information.
  • Enhanced Weather Support and Compatibility
    • GWX 70  adds optional ground clutter suppression and turbulence detection
    • GWX 68/GWX 70 enhances existing support for multiple G500/G600 flight displays and GTN touchscreen avionics
    • GDL 69 adds support for advanced weather products, such as icing, turbulence, PIREPs and Canadian weather
    • WX-500 Stormscope support
  • Additional Enhancements
    • GRA 55 / GRA 5500 Radar Altimeter display support
    • GMA 350 Marker Beacon display
    • Selected altitude arc for easier visualization of desired altitude crossing point
    • Pilot selectable PFD clock/timer
    • Altitude preselect for certain Cessna autopilots
    • Support for full-screen display of external video on the
    • MFD Pilot- selectable outside air temperature (OAT) measurement

This updated software is provided by Garmin free-of-charge. There will, however, be a small fee covering labour involved in the update process as well as logbook entries. While new 8GB data cards are required to store the increased volume of data included in this update, Garmin has introduced a price reduction program for data cards,  reducing your cost significantly. There are three main options in this program, and we have attached a PDFwith details for your convenience – 2015 CUSTOMER MEMO – Garmin to Offer G500 and G600 Datacard Discount Pro.

Please note that software updates for GTN series navigators have also just been released. If your installation includes both kinds of hardware, Maxcraft recommends updating both to the latest software version.

To schedule a software update, or for more information, please contact Clarke Paterson, or phone us 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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2015 Spring Special

Lightspeed is having a spring special!Spring Promo April 2015

Starting April 13, 2015, you will receive INSTANT savings on your favorite Lightspeed headset products.   Save up to $125 on Zulu PFX and $125 on a Zulu 2.

Come into Maxcraft and check out the savings. Now is the perfect time to buy a new headset!

Sale ends Sunday, May 31, 2015.

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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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Trade in Your Old Avionics!

Garmin Offers Limited-Time Customer Loyalty Trade-in Program for GNS, GNS WAAS, CNX, and MX20 products

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For a limited time, trade in your GNS 430/530, GNS430W/530W, GNS 480, CNX 80 or MX20 and receive a credit toward the purchase of a new GTN 750, GTN 650, or GTN-GTX combo kit.

This Trade-in program will run from March 10th, 2015 through April 30, 2015.  Credit will range from $1,500 to $6, 000.

Call us for more details or better yet, stop by  for a demo and see the benefits of the new GTN 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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