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After attending various seminars we decided on Garmin products. It was at a Garmin seminar that we met Steve Nunn. We briefly discussed our plans for our Moose at that time. Later that year Jack attended a Garmin seminar at Maxcraft to check out the current products and to order the first components for our panel.

With a lot of input from Maxcraft staff we came up with the final design and ordered the remainder of the components. As our aircraft was being completed in Summerside, PE Maxcraft also designed a ferry panel to get our plane from Summerside to Pitt Meadows. When we finally arrived at Maxcraft with our Moose the components were on the shelf waiting for us.

The finished product was amazing! Being low time pilots it was quite a learning curve. With a lot of support from Maxcraft's Trevor Fleming, all of our questions and concerns were quickly taken care of. It was a very positive experience from start to finish! We felt that each and every Maxcraft team member cared.

We are now building our second aircraft and will definitely be consulting with Maxcraft Avionics for our next panel.

Jack & Tina Korycki

 

Read about the Murphy Moose project 

 here!

  

More Successes

Avionic Humour

A photographer for a national magazine was assigned to take pictures of a great forest fire.

 

He was advised that a small plane would be waiting to fly him over the fire.

 

The photographer arrived at the airstrip just an hour before sundown. Sure

enough, a small Cessna airplane was waiting. He jumped in with his equipment and shouted, "Let's go!"

 

The tense man sitting in the pilot's seat swung the plane into the wind, and soon they were in the air but flying erratically.

"Fly over the north side of the fire" said the photographer,"and make several low-level passes".

 

"Why?" asked the nervous pilot.

"Because I'm going to take pictures!" yelled the photographer.

"I'm a photographer, and photographers take pictures."

 

The pilot replied, "You mean eh.. you're not the flight instructor...?" 

 

TAWS and TCAS Updates
December 2013
Greetings,

It's Christmas time!  Ring in the brand new year with resolutions and upgrades for your aircraft!  Read about new headsets, new TAWS and TCAS announcements and get some great ideas on new avionics.
New Products
Garmin GTN Series Adds New Class A TAWS Option and More

Garmin has expanded the capabilities and features for the GTN series with optional Class A TAWS, ADS-B out compatibility with select third-party transponders, and scheduled message alerting.

 

Class A TAWS offers pilots an increased level of situational awareness by providing alerts such as excessive closure rate, large glide slope deviations, and the potential for terrain impact when the aircraft is not in landing configuration. This update helps owners and operators around the world meet their respective operating requirements. Furthermore, this update is timely for operators who need to meet the July 2014 TAWS mandate in Canada.

  

The GTN series now adds scheduled message alerting which can help remind pilots of routine operations. These messages can be easily configured to provide a custom message alert on the display using a specific preset date and time reference, countdown timer, or periodic timer. For example, a "Switch fuel tanks" message can be programmed to automatically provide a helpful reminder in-flight. Other messages can be programmed to help remind pilots of aircraft maintenance items.

 

Garmin® now offers TCAS II Change 7.1 Package 

Garmin expands its portfolio of business aviation solutions with our new TCAS II package, including the GTS 8000 traffic processor and a pair of GTX 3000 transponders. 

 

The GTS 8000 and GTX 3000 incorporate the latest TCAS II Change 7.1, are FAA TSO and EASA ETSO authorized and available for installation and airworthiness approval.

 

The GTS 8000 enhances situational awareness by maintaining constant surveillance, identifying potential traffic conflicts, and issuing traffic alerts and maneuver commands to clear the aircraft of traffic conflicts. The GTS 8000 meets the most recent TCAS II/ACAS II standardization requirements, including Change 7.1 compliance, which will be mandated in many countries worldwide as early as 2014.

  

New DC PRO-X Headset with Advanced Technology and Supra-Aural Design

David Clark Company, Worcester, MA, introduces its new DC PRO-X aviation headsefeaturing a supra-aural (rest-on-ear) design, Hybrid Electronic Noise-Cancelling (ENC) and Bluetooth® wireless technology. The DC PRO-X is super durable, yet extremely light weight at just 7.5 oz. and is ideal for both commercial jet and general aviation pilots.
 

Hybrid ENC is key to the sound performance of the DC PRO-X, featuring an external microphone (feed-forward) and a second internal microphone (feed-back) performance for superior active noise reduction. The DC PRO-X also provides high-fidelity audio for superior communications and music listening with Digital Signal Processing (DSP) generated by its sleek, battery-powered control module.
 

The DC PRO-X is also equipped with Bluetooth wireless technology that provides seamless integration for connecting to cell phones, MP3, tablets or other personal electronic devices. Comfort features include plush, 'Dura-Stitched' leatherette ear seals and a low-profile leatherette head pad with breathable, vented design to eliminate discomfort caused by heat build-up.

The DC PRO-X features a collapsible design for compact storage in the David Clark headset bag included with each unit.

A passive version, the DC PRO communication headset, is also available and is designed exclusively for low-noise jet aircraft.

What's happened at Maxcraft
Garmin Seminar

We did it again!  Maxcraft's 2013 Garmin Seminar was our most successful yet!

 

With over 150 people attending,   demo tables, cockpit displays, drinks and a delicious chili dinner,  the evening was both entertaining and informative.
 
After dinner and bit of mingling between guests and staff, the main event got underway.  
 
See more pictures and read about our Seminar here!
 
In the Hangar: Cessna 182 
(the boss's 
aircraft)
Here at Maxcraft, we're not just Avionics professionals; we're pilots as well. This month we decided to feature Maxcraft's own Cessna 182 which is used regularly by Maxcraft's, founder, president, and general manager: Daryl MacIntosh, (as well as some of his staff) for demonstration flights, customer drop-offs, and commercial site visits. 
 
His plane is a Cessna 182P, and dates from 1975. This year Maxcraft gave it the full glass package - its first major upgrade since 2003.  Read about the 2003 upgrade here and then see how we transformed the 2003 upgrade to the new glass panel featured below here for 2013.
 
In the Hanger: Beechcraft Bonanza
The owner of this aircraft is a long-time friend and repeat customer of Maxcrafts.   
 
With an existing Aspen EFD-1000, he decided to add an Garmin GTS-800 Traffic Advisory System.
 
Read more about how this traffic was added and how well it worked in the aircraft. 
The Technical Side:TCAS/ACAS Change 7.1

Change 7.1 is a safety enhancement for Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS) that's been mandated by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and has strong support from the FAA. Effective December 14, 2015, aircraft over 5700 Kg must be equipped with a compliant system in order to operate in European airspace. This change addresses several safety issues with existing TCAS logic.

  

Issue # 1: With the current TCAS 7.0 system, situations can arise where aircraft continue to converge despite issuance of Resolution Advisories (RA). TCAS version 7.1 provides improved RA reversal logic as shown above.

Issue # 2: With the current TCAS 7.0 system, a Resolution Advisory (RA) to adjust vertical speed is sometimes misinterpreted by flight crews. TCAS version 7.1 replaces the "Adjust vertical speed, adjust" with a new "Level off, level off" RA.

 

Change 7.1 Retrofit: Operators of aircraft with a MTOW of 5700 Kg or more must upgrade their TCAS systems to meet 7.1 standards if they intend to fly in European airspace after December 1st, 2015. The most appropriate upgrade path for any particular aircraft will depend on how it is currently equipped.  Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, ACSS and Garmin each have compliant systems available for retrofit.

 

Maxcraft specializes in retrofitting avionics systems to add capabilities and improve situational awareness.    

J.P.Instruments was founded in 1986 in Huntington Beach, California, USA. Its founder, Joseph Polizzotto, is now the current CEO. Joe was educated at Villanova University as a mechanical engineer, who started his career in the 1960s at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft.

 

There, he worked as a test engineer, measuring temperatures and pressures on jet aircraft engines. With the experience gained in thermocouple technology, he designed the Scanner™ in 1979, for his personal Cessna 172.

 

Curious as to what his engine temperatures were, but unwilling to constantly rotate a switch to do so, the Scanner™ was developed along with the help of his Uncle, Joe Giannelli, and his current partner and VP at JPI, Larry Elbert.

 

Soon thereafter, when friends and fellow pilots saw the new instrument in the 172 plane, they all wanted one for themselves. Thus, several prototypes were built for friends, and JPI as a corporation was born and took up its first office in Santa Ana, California.

 

Following the success of the Scanner™ came the EDM-500.™ The EDM-500™ was actually the predecessor to the EDM-700™ series, and in fact originated as an concept, while in the car on the way to Hollywood Florida, just before the "Sun n' Fun" air show. However, the exact parameters as to how the EDM was going to record and display data took several years for its completion, in addition to a lot of customer and market input.

 

Nowadays, J.P. Instruments has added a whole line of reliable and cost effective aircraft instrumentation to its name. Among these are engine data management systems, fuel flow gauges, and GPS moving maps. Pilots and mechanics alike have come to know JPI for its high quality, good service, and utmost reliability.

Who's Who at Maxcraft?
Get to know the employee... Who is Ryan?

Our featured employee this month is Ryan. His role at Maxcraft is to assist in the development of marketing materials and public communiqués. He is also partially responsible for the maintenance of Maxcraft's ecommerce listings. In practice, this means a lot of writing, product photography, and proofreading. 

 

Ryan began working at Maxcraft in the summer of 2013, first as a part-timer, before transitioning to full-time in October. Because of his family, Ryan grew up around the aviation industry and has been around airports and in aircraft since he was a little boy. Ryan studied English literature at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and film at Capilano College. Prior to working at Maxcraft, Ryan taught ESL and grammar classes at VGC academy in Langley. Ryan includes writing, photography, shooting, skiing and playing the guitar among his many hobbies.

Maxcraft is hiring!
As you can see we are busy, as we continue to grow our business we are always looking for experienced avionics installation technicians.  If you are interested in joining our winning team send your resume to Joanna at Customer Service.
Rebates for your favorite products
Aspen Avionics - view our Summer Rebate
Aspen Avionics
Aspen Avionics is pleased to offer substantial savings on the Evolution 1500 and 2000 systems.  Also included in that is the huge savings on the Evolution 2500 system.

This limited time promotion will be in effect until December 31, 2013.  Call us for more details!

Lightspeed
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Lightspeed is now offering your favorite headset the Zulu 2 at a new discounted price of $850.00 US. Quick, while they are still in stock......

SPOT 3
More on the Spot Product

Don't forget 'tis the season to buy a SPOT!  Be a life saver, and get one for your favorite pilot.  The new and improved SPOT 3 is$169.99 but, if you previously registered a SPOT 2, you can receive a $50 rebate this is on for a limited time only.  Call us for details. 

If you would more information or to pre-order please contact our sales department at sales@maxcraft.ca or 604-465-3080.  





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