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Upcoming Events
New Products
What’s happening at Maxcraft
In the Hangar
The Technical Side
Vendor Profile
Who’s who?
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Upcoming Events
Northwest Aviation Conference & Tradeshow
Feb. 22 – 23, 2014
Puyallup, Washington
Helicopter Association
March 2 – 5
Western Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Association
March 18 – 20
Calgary, Alberta
Aircraft Electronics Association Convention & Tradeshow
April 8 -11
Dallas, Texas

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Customer Comments

Reference for Maxcraft Avionics Ltd


Helijet International operates a fleet of Sikorsky S76 helicopters based at Vancouver International Airport. The S76A helicopters are used in a scheduled airline service between Vancouver and Victoria, and are seasonally used to support the Haida Gwaii and North Coastal sports fishery. We have three S76C+ helicopters that operate as dedicated air ambulances on long term contract for the BC provincial government.


In 2011 Maxcraft Avionics was contracted to retrofit three corporately configured S76C+ helicopters for air ambulance operations. This project included extensive avionics system upgrades along with associated structural modifications. Maxcraft successfully managed the project including coordination with paint, mechanical,and interior contractors. This fleet upgrade had a very short time-frame and the job was completed successfully and on time. We have also contracted Maxcraft Avionics to design and install IFR GPS systems in our fleet of S76A aircraft


We would recommend Maxcraft to other operators considering a major avionics upgrade project.


Morris Forchuck
Director of Maintenance
Helijet International Inc.




More Successes

Avionic Humour


A flight attendant on a United Air Lines cross-country flight nervously announced: about 30 minutes outbound from LA.

“I don’t know how this happened, but we have 103 passengers aboard and only 40 dinners.”

When the passengers’ muttering had died down, she continued.

“Anyone who is kind enough to give up his meal so someone else can eat will receive free drinks for the length of the flight.”

Her next announcement came an hour later. “If anyone wants to change his mind, we still have 29 dinners available!


GDL 84 ADS-B, first Flight Stream, PC-12, Cessna 152 trainer and more!
December 2014

Merry Christmas from everyone at Maxcraft! Updates for the holiday season include new products and rebates, a major PC-12 project,a new STC for Mid-Continent Standby Attitude Modules, and hands-on customer comments for Garmin Flight Stream.

New Products
GDL 84 ADS-B Solution from Garmin
Garmin has announced the GDL 84 Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink.  The latest edition to Garmin’s comprehensive line up of certified ADS-B solutions.

The GDL 84 provides a complete ADS-B solution for aircraft owners that do not have a WAAS GPS installed  but are looking to satisfy the FAA’s January 2020 mandate and do not want to significantly modify the panel of their aircraft.




Maxcraft Avionics Ltd. has received Transport Canada STC SH14-50 for installation of the Mid-Continent MD302 SAM (Standby Attitude Module). This complements the G500H PFD/MFD, or any EFIS package in a light helicopter, replacing analog instruments. Read more on our website.



What’s happening at Maxcraft
The very first Flight Stream install!

Finally iPad/iPhone connections to your avionics! Maxcraft performed the first Garmin Connext installation with our customer Dave Qualley. Read on for his comments:

When Garmin first announced their Flight Stream product back in August I was immediately interested.  It finally began shipping last week, and I was excited to take the leap and be the first to install this promising looking device in my C182.  I’m in the midst of training for my IFR rating, and I can really see the value in having more information displayed at my fingertips while in flight.


The ability to check the weather for my route, then upload my route from the iPad into the Garmin 530W is a real time saver.  So far I’ve only had time to make one flight with the Flight Stream installed.  I found the data displayed on the iPad matched up perfectly with the same data that was displayed on my Aspen PFD.  I’m a diehard Foreflight user, so the switch to the Garmin Pilot app is a big change for me.  I find the two apps are very similar in their capabilities so far, and it’s just going to be a matter of using the Garmin app for a while to become more proficient with it.  So far there are two features that have really impressed me.  The synthetic vision is absolutely stunning to look at, and the accuracy of the terrain and runway locations is right on with what I see out the window.  The synthetic vision will certainly provide enhanced situational awareness during IFR approaches.  The Flight Stream also enables me to flight plan Victor airways and upload them to the Garmin 530.  The ability to enter airways wasn’t possible on the Garmin 530 until now.  I look forward to flying with the Flight Stream and Garmin Pilot in the near future.

Check out our blog for more updates and inflight videos. Also, here’s technical paper we wrote after the product announcement.


In the Hangar:  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….Read more here

In the Hangar: Pilatus PC-12
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. Read more here

The Technical Side:

Air to Ground Internet Data Connection

Many corporate aircraft operators have at least considered adding internet capability with WiFi to their fleet. WiFi technology can easily be used to establish a local on-board network but internet connectivity requires an external connection to the world’s ground based infrastructure. In a previous article we discussed the pros and cons of various satellite connectivity solutions. In short, the Iridium satellite network is relatively inexpensive but offers extremely poor bandwidth and the SwiftBroadband satellite services offer significantly better bandwidth (up to 432 kbps) but the costs are higher.

Gogo Business Aviation can provide an air-to-ground connectivity solution with true broadband capability (up to 3.1 Mbps) for business aircraft operating above 10,000 feet over the U.S., portions of Alaska and southern Canada.

Their proprietary aviation network utilizes more than two hundred cellular ground stations to provide a variety of voice and data services.  This system is now installed on over two thousand commercial and six thousand business aircraft.  With an estimated cost of $90,000 to $125,000 installed, the system is considered to be a good value solution.

Vendor Profile: Gogo
A world of airborne communications for business aviators
Gogo Business Aviation is today’s leading provider of in-flight connectivity solutions that increase the productivity, safety, and enjoyment of the business aviation travel experience. A trusted brand in airborne communications, Gogo is a factory option at every major business aircraft manufacturer and installed on the world’s largest fractional ownership fleets. Gogo Business Aviation is also ranked by AIN as the #1 provider of product support, a distinction we have earned 4 years in a row.


From in-flight Internet to email, voice, texting, entertainment, cockpit data, and safety services, Gogo Business Aviation has a complete suite of solutions – for virtually any business aircraft, flying anywhere on Earth. We offer everything you need to ensure that everyone can stay in touch, in flight: from singular, standalone systems to integrated, multi-network solutions.


Who’s Who at Maxcraft?

Get to know the employee… Who is Bo?


Our featured employee this month is Todd “Bo” Mason.   Bo, as he is referred to by his friends, is an avionics installation technician recently hired at Maxcraft Avionics. His role involves installing new avionics systems, electrical systems, radios and many other technical aspects of aviation. Since joining Maxcraft, he has been involved in a wide variety of installation projects.  His professionalism has been very well received and he quickly became a well-respected member of the Maxcraft team.

Bo was born in Toronto, Ontario, raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and started his career at the age of eighteen with twenty-one years in the military. While serving with the Canadian Forces, he attained the rank of Sergeant, and was involved in planning, supervising and maintaining McDonnell Douglas F18’s, Lockheed Martin P-3 Auroras, and Sikorsky S3 Sea Kings.  He also was a quality manager/auditor and training instructor.  Bo’s time spent in the military sent him overseas for three tours of hostilities during the gulf war and subsequent embargos.  He has been decorated by the Canadian government five times.

In the year 1983 Bo attended the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Engineering in Borden Ontario for two years. In 2000 he received his pilot’s licence flying Diamond Katanas.

After retiring from the military, Bo attended Simon Fraser University to study Fine Arts theater program.  He has acted in theatre, television and film and has also produced eight short films.  Prior to joining us at Maxcraft, he worked at Aeronav and Helitech.

Bo has been married for four years, and has a three year old son named Zachery.


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


‘Tis the season to buy a SPOT.

We have three different SPOTs to choose from:



        • Spot Gen3 – mail in rebate of $85
        • Spot Trace – mail in rebate of $60
        • Spot Global phone – mail in rebate of $250



Purchase a SPOT device between November 2, 2014 and January 4, 2015 and receive 50% off or up to $250 rebate.

Garmin logo

Garmin’s holiday rebate! Save up to $100 on select Garmin Portables between now and
December 26th, 2014. Rebates are available for the aera 500 series, aera 795/796, GPSMAP 695/696, VIRB Elite Aviation bundle and the VIRB/D2 Combo pack.






Lightspeed Logo

Lightspeed is offering a free Cross® pen with any new headset purchased between Dec. 5, 2014 – Dec. 22, 2014. Call us for more details!


Bose is offering a Christmas gift with every purchase of a A20 Bose headset and another gift of buy 2, get 10% off the second headset.  This offer is only available until Jan 10, 2015. Call us for details! 
Aspen Avionics - view our Summer Rebate
Aspen Avionics
Aspen Avionics is offering a substantial savings on the Evolution 3000, 2500, 2000 and 1500 Systems. Save up to $3,000 on multi-tub system purchases.  Hurry, only until Dec. 31, 2014!


Check out the Skywatch 497 super sale! Deadline to purchase is December 30th, 2014 for under $9,000!!


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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Maxcraft Avionics
offers specials too!  Go to our webstore for specials and check the website for our used/reconditioned avionics list – updated monthly on items we have.


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