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 had completely re-done both the interior and avionics. There were, however, a few avionic issues that needed our attention.
To be fair, the existing avionics package on this aircraft was actually rather well assembled. Our technicians did not take issue with the tidiness or quality of workmanship in the wiring. What was inadequate however, was the level of integration between different pieces of equipment. This effectively meant that avionic capability in the aircraft was slightly crippled, and the owner was not getting as much value out of his panel as would be ideal. Maxcraft technicians reconfigured this aircraft for full communication between the GNS 480, a panel-mounted Aera 796 (replacing a 696), fuel flow system, iPad over Bluetooth, and a new GTX-345 transponder with ADS-B in and out. This last item was actually the original impetus for the project, one which the owner brought to our attention at the Northwest Aviation Conference in Puyallup. When properly integrated, the GTX-345 provides subscription-free traffic and weather, as well as compliance with the FAA’s recent ADS-B out mandate – important considering that this is an American aircraft. Lastly, our techs resolved some minor issues with a maladjusted instrument lighting dimmer.
Now some owners might be apprehensive about bringing their plane across the border for avionic work. The general assumption is that crossing a border would add unnecessary complication to an upgrade. The truth, however, is that Maxcraft is a great option for American pilots in the Pacific Northwest, not only because of the huge potential for savings (due to recent fluctuations in exchange rates), also because of the high standard of workmanship available for such a price. Maxcraft holds itself to some of the highest standards in North America; it is also fully recognized by the FAA, and has been for decades, meaning there are no additional regulatory or paperwork issues. Lay to rest any worry that one might end up stranded in Canada after dropping off your aircraft — we can easily give you a lift back to the states in our company C182. This is actually a service which we offered twice during the course of this very project, first to drop the owner off at his summer home in Concrete, WA, and again when work was completed near his house in Tacoma Narrows.
Summary of Equipment
- GTX-345 ADS-B Transponder (Garmin)
- Aera 796 Handheld/Panel-mount GPS (Garmin)
- GNS 480 Navigator (Garmin)
- FP-5 Fuel Flow Meter(EI)