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Cessna 172 – IFR Trainer goes Glass

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk was first flown in 1955 and since then, over 43,000 have been built, more than any other aircraft. In 1986 production of the piston-engine aircraft was discontinued due to liability costs and, after passage of the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994, Cessna resumed production...
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AS350B3 Glass Panel Upgrade

Frank recently purchased the AS350 helicopter to expand his fleet for his business. This aircraft needed to have a modern avionics package installed for both operational and safety enhancing requirements....
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Legacy PC-12 Avionics Upgrade

This PC-12 operates in very remote regions of the Yukon, where navigation and commication system instaled onboard the aircraft are crucial for the saftey of flight. The Air Services Branch authorized a program to to upgrade the outdated Avionics systsm in its legaacy PC-12’s. The need consists mainly of upgrading the GPS /NAY/ COM navigation and communication systems...
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Cessna 205 Re-Make

This 1963 Cessna 205, is commonly mistaken for the Cessna 210 or 206. The Cessna 210-5 or 205, is known as the “SUV of the air”. This Skywagon is a 6 seater, with fixed landing gear and a very distinctive cowling. Cessna only ever made 576 of these unique aircraft in starting...
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Life Flight Network

Life Flight Network, a not-for-profit air medical service, selected Macraft to perform some avionics upgrades on part of their fleet of aircraft. Life Flight serves the community by providing critical care transportation to ill or injured covering Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana...
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Sikorsky S76 CVFDR installation

The Sikorsky S76 is important for us here at Maxcraft. Over the course of twenty-five years in business, Maxcraft has completed more than fifty major avionic projects on commercially operated S76’s. With over seventy-five years of combined experience on the model...
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Beechcraft J-35 Bonanza

Today we’ll look at a particularly nice Beechcraft from just across the border in Washington State. When our client purchased this J-35 Bonanza it was already a head-turner. The overall condition of the aircraft was absolutely pristine, and the previous owner...
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Cessna 185 Firefighting

This C185 is destined for firefighting work this summer as a lead-plane, also known as a spotter or a bird-dog
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TCAS for a Bombardier Challenger

This first generation Bombardier CL-600 challenger was delivered to Maxcraft for a TCAS installation. We were, in fact, rather surprised to learn that TCAS had not previously been installed...
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Cessna Caravan Fleet Upgrade

The Maxcraft avionics panel you see here is out of a Cessna Caravan, and is part of our ongoing fleet upgrade project for Seair Seaplanes. Incorporated in 1980, Seair provides aircraft charters and regularly scheduled service to the Gulf Islands, with eight flights daily and service to Nanaimo with up to twelve flights per day...
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Cessna 182 Float Conversion

While our Avionic upgrades for this Cessna 182 are relatively minimalist, they are accompanied by several major mechanical and structural modifications performed by Seaplanes West Inc...
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Bell 206B Glass Panel Upgrade

In its time here at Maxcraft, this 206 has received a most comprehensive avionic upgrade. In addition to the ever-desirable (and increasingly common) combination of Garmin GTN750 Navigator and G500H Primary flight display, this aircraft also received a myriad of other systems which elevate the capability of this private aircraft from good, to great...
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Glasair Glastar with Garmin G3X touch

This project is somewhat unusual in that it involves the direct transplant of several avionic systems from one aircraft to another. The two aircraft involved are a Glasair Glastar and a Cessna 175. Avionics which are suitable for certified aircraft are being removed from the home-built Glastar to be installed in the C175...
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Cessna 175 with aspen EFD 1000

This project is somewhat unusual in that it involves the direct transplant of several avionic systems from one aircraft to another. The two aircraft involved are a Glasair Glastar and a Cessna 175. Avionics which are suitable for certified aircraft are being removed from the home-built Glastar to be installed in the C175...
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Cessna 414 Glass Panel & Autopilot

Today we'll take a look at a major avionics upgrade for one Cessna 414. This managed aircraft was recently purchased in the United States and imported into Canada for business use. Countless snags across multiple systems were encountered on it's first test flight, and even more were found during our own preliminary tests...
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Cessna 182 with Canada's First L3 Lynx

It's been just four months since L3 unveiled its new low-cost ADS-B solution, the L3 'Lynx'. 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...
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Two Short Skyvans

It's always a pleasure to see unique or unusual aircraft come into the hangar, and these Short SC.7 "Skyvans" are no exception. The very look of these things stirs discussion, prompting questions from bystanders like "Why is it shaped like a brick?" and "Are you sure that thing can fly?"
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TAWS with EAA for Commercial Fleets

Today we'll take a look at a fleet upgrade project that Maxcraft undertook on short notice for a regional airline with a very tight upgrade schedule. While some of the equipment here may not be as visually impressive as what you see in some of our full-glass projects, this type of upgrade is an ideal solution for many commercial operators.
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Cessna 172, Garmin G500/GTN650 Training Aircraft

The world of civil aviation is in the middle of an undeniable and accelerating transition towards glass panel cockpits. Consistently falling equipment costs combined with the competitive influence of every new adopter, points to glass panel avionics soon being the norm rather than the exception. This will happen sooner than you think. The big question for many flight schools is not whether to upgrade -- it's whether to upgrade now, or later.
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Airbus Helicopters with Dual Glass Panels.

Despite differences in ownership, management and use intended use, Maxcraft's technicians have fitted these two helicopters with nearly identical avionics packages. This relative uniformity owes itself to a few factors.
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Beech King air Upgrade and Integration

When publicly showing our work to owners and operators, there's a strong case for panel pictures, and lots of them. However, while theses are often very nice to look at, without context they have the potential to mislead. A photo of some GPS/NAV/COMs and a primary flight display tell you very little about what is lurking behind the panel or how that equipment is integrated and configured.
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Pilatus PC-12 at the "One Stop Shop"

One of the best things about Maxcraft Avionics is its ability to provide a one-stop solution for maintenance and upgrades that extend well beyond the realm of avionics. By partnering and coordinating with maintenance organizations like Port Aircraft interiors and Upper Valley Aviation, Maxcraft can provide a comprehensive upgrade that covers Avionics, Paint, and Interiors.
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Cessna 152 Trainer

This completely rebuilt 152 panel is part of a comprehensive training fleet solution for Montair, an internationally accredited flight school specializing in training eventual airline pilots. Montair is one of the few schools around the world to...
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Beechcraft Duke Full Glass Upgrade

A Beechcraft Duke is one of the nicest pressurized turbo twins around. Coincidentally, what you're looking at here is one of nicest panels that the Maxcraft team has ever put together for a GA aircraft. At the behest of our clients, special care was put into the symmetry of the layout. This, combined with the complete removal of all vacuum gyros and round dials results in an exceptionally uncluttered and efficient presentation of information.
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Cessna 340 with dual GTN's and Layout tweaks

After living through an incident in which a G600 with synthetic vision saved quite literally saved his life, the experienced owner and veteran pilot of this Cessna 340 was motivated accelerate further upgrades to his panel, including a long list of sixty-four tweaks, alterations and changes to be made to the layout of his panel. Read more

Aerostar G600 and GTN750

This project features the Piper Aerostar, an aircraft most famous for being the fastest piston twin available. Until you enter turboprops into the equation, there is nothing faster. While the Garmin G600 and GTN750 you see here are certainly top of the line pieces of equipment, what makes this project interesting is the high level of integration between new and old systems.
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de Havilland “Boss” Beaver

When this 1950s vintage de Havilland “Boss” Beaver showed up in our hangar with its turboprop conversion, it was already and halfway towards being the most advanced Beaver around. With a new avionics suite and entertainment system, Maxcraft's technicians took it all the rest of the way.
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Cessna 172 G500 and GTN 750

This 172 received a somewhat more substantial avionics package than what is usually found in aircraft of the same size. Indeed, the G500 and GTN750 combination is one which we typically install in slightly larger and twin-engine aircraft.
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Cessna 172 IFR Glass Panel Upgrade

Our client for this install was one Mr. Fred Carey, a volunteer with CASARA, the Civilian Air Search and Rescue Association: a national volunteer organization funded by the Department of National Defense. Its volunteers provide air search assistance to...
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Beechcraft B1900 TAWS Fleet Upgrade

This B1900c fleet upgrade was necessitated by the upcoming deadline for Class-A TAWS mandated by Transport Canada. The new TAWS regulations, passed in 2012 apply to virtually all commercial...
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Bell 212 with Four-Display Universal EFI-890H System

The purpose of this overhaul was to re-purpose a run-of-the-mill civilian Bell 212 for humanitarian-aid/paramilitary missions in a hot and humid environment with zero tolerance for maintenance downtime...
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Cessna 340 with PFD and Autopilot Integration

Because this aircraft's autopilot system was designed to work with a traditional mechanical attitude gyro, it could only accept attitude data as an analog signal. The problem of course, was that the mechanical attitude indicator which it relied upon had just been removed and replaced...
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Bell 212 IFR Refit

This pair of Bell 212s returned to our CYPK facility after more than three years of operation in Afghanistan.
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B100 Beech King Air

This aircraft left Maxcraft with a GTN-750 and provisions for Class-B TAWS...
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Beechcraft Baron

With a G500, one GTN750 and one GNS530W, all the advantages of the cutting edge GTN series are available as well as the perks of...
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Cessna 182P

Featuring Maxcraft’s own Cessna 182P which is used regularly by Maxcraft’s, founder, president, and general manager: Daryl MacIntosh...
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Beechcraft Bonanza

A long-time friend and repeat customer of MaxCraft Avioncis...
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Sikorsky S76C++

Our client in this project was National Helicopter Services Limited (NHSL)...
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Cessna 182M

This EFD-1000’s eventual destination turned out to be C-FSLL
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de Havilland DHC-3 Otter

The centerpieces of this avionics upgrade are the Garmin G600 and GTN650 systems.
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Eurocopter AS355N

Maxcraft's Overhead Console STC (SH09-20) for the Twinstar was reissued for this project to include the Eurocopter AS355 N model. This modification replaces large elements of the electrical distribution system to ensure persistent reliability.
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Eurocopter EC130B4

A Eurocopter EC130B4 with Garmin G500H, GNS430W, GTS800, RA-4500 & customer specified avionics package including GTN 750...
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King Air 200

A Garmin G600 was installed in the pilot position and an Aspen EFD-1000 System in the co-pilot position. Additional systems include a GTX 850 TCAS, GWX 70 Weather Radar, latitude tracking system, and more...
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Eurocopter AS355N
Twinstar G500H & Traffic Awareness System

An AS355N model Twinstar with the Garmin G500H, Garmin GTS 800 TAS (Traffic Awareness System), and FreeFlight's RA-4500 Radar Altimetry System.
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Murphy Moose
Murphy Moose

A homebuilt Murphy Moose kit-plane with extensive Garmin equipment installations, and more...
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Sikorsky S76C+
Sikorsky S76C+

Three Sikorsky S76C+ helicopters underwent extensive modifications and upgrades to configure the aircraft for EMS (emergency medical service)...
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Lear Jet 31-A
Lear Jet 31-A

Universal Avioncis flight management system upgrade.
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Avionics Training Carts
Avionics System Trainers

Avionics Systems wired to aircraft standards for avionics training programs at University/Colleges and technical training institutes...
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Cessna 182T
Cessna 182T

Cessna 182T with Garmin GTS 800 Traffic System...
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Navaho Chieftain
Navaho Chieftain

Navaho Chieftain with EHSI and GPS/Nav/Com Upgrade... Read More

Beech 1900D
Beech 1900D

Beechcraft 1900D wiring, repairs, certifications for import... Read More

Citation 550 Bravo
Citation 550 Bravo

Cessna Citation 550 Bravo Honeywell TCAS II upgrade... Read More

de Havilland Turbo Otter
DHC3 Turbo Otter

de Havilland Turbo Otter with Garmin GTS800 traffic system and Garmin G600 "glass cockpit" upgrades...
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Piper Archer II
Piper Archer II

During May 2012 a complete restoration process for Abbotsford Flying Club’s 1977 Piper Cherokee Archer II began. Upgrades included a new digital avionics suite, a complete new paint job, a new (zero-time) engine, all new leather seats & upholstery, and new windows...
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Cessna 182Q
Cessna 182Q

The Cessna 182Q was outfitted with a JP Instruments EDM 930 digital engine monitor, replacing standard engine gauges with an abundant source of more accurate information on a glass display... Read More

Cessna 340
Cessna 340

A Cessna 340 received numerous upgrades to fulfill a need for improved reliability and IFR situational awareness on single piloted flights over the mountains... Read More

Piper Malibu

This Piper received a new Garmin G500 glass panel fight display system with synthetic vision and a GAD43 Gyro Adapter interfaced to the existing autopilot system...
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Mooney Panel
Mooney

A 1980 Mooney M20K has received a modern refit, with the new avionics package, flight instrument panel, Garmin G500 glass, engine monitor, and custom interior...
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Twin Otter
twin otter

We upgraded these Twin Otters with a Garmin GNS530/GNS430W WAAS, Sandel SN4500 EHSI, Honeywell EGPWS, Honeywell TCAS, Weather Radar, and Satellite Tracking/Communication... Read More

Twin Commanche C-FWYC
twin

Fitted with a custom panel, GNS430W GPS/Nav/Comm, GTX327 transponder...Read More

Eurocopter AS350B2
Eurocopter

The brand new high performance AS350B2 Helicopter flew directly out of Eurocopter Canada, on a flight destination directly to Maxcraft... Read More

Bonanza - C-FNTI
Aspen Antennae

Coming to Maxcraft, long-time V-tail Bonanza owner Rick Johnson brought us an aircraft that has already had some IFR upgrades throughout the years... Read More

Bell 206 Jet Ranger

Here's something you don't see every day: This helicopter is the very last Bell 206 Jet Ranger ever made (Bell discontinued the 206 in 2010), and was flown directly from the factory to Maxcraft for a full avionics suite. Despite the fact that this is a brand-new aircraft, there's still huge potential for upgrades over Bell's standard avionics package..."
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Cessna 177 Cardinal

The owners of this Cesssna 177B Cardinal decided to replace mechanical gyro's, outdated VFR GPS and a failing multi-function display with an Aspen Primary Flight Display (EFD Pro 1000) and a Garmin
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