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Northwest Aviation Conference & Tradeshow
Feb. 20-21, 2016
Helicopter Tradeshow
Louisville, Kentucky
Feb. 29 – Mar 3
Western Aircraft Mtnce. Engineers Assoc.
Calgary, Alberta
Mar. 16 – 18, 2016
Annual Convention & Tradeshow
Orlando, Florida
April 27 – 30, 2016
Northern Air Transport Association
Whitehorse, Yukon
April 25 – 27, 2016
Canadian Business Aviation Assoc.
Calgary, Alberta
July 5 – 7, 2016

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Avionic Humour
Pre-Christmas Flight Check

Santa Claus, like all pilots, gets regular visits from the Federal Aviation Administration, and the FAA examiner arrived last week for the pre-Christmas flight check.
In preparation, Santa had the elves wash the sled and bathe all the reindeer. Santa got his logbook out and made sure all his paperwork was in order. He knew they would examine all his equipment and truly put Santa’s flying skills to the test…
The examiner walked slowly around the sled. He checked the reindeer harnesses, the landing gear, and Rudolph’s nose. He painstakingly reviewed Santa’s weight and balance calculations for the sled’s enormous payload.
Finally, they were ready for the checkride. Santa got in and fastened his seatbelt and shoulder harness and checked the compass. Then the examiner hopped in carrying, to Santa’s surprise, a shotgun.
“What’s that for?!?” asked Santa incredulously.
The examiner winked and said, “I’m not supposed to tell you this ahead of time,” as he leaned over to whisper in Santa’s ear, “but you’re gonna lose an engine on takeoff.”

New hires, FAA STCs, noise cancelling headsets, clarification on annunciators, a decked out Bell 206!
December 2015
Happy holidays from all of us at Maxcraft!
christmas boxes

Christmas is just around the corner and we wish the best of the holidays. We have some great new products out for you or your favorite pilot

New Products/Announcements
Maxcraft hires new Business and Commercial Specialist

We are pleased to welcome Mitchell Chiang to the Maxcraft team. Mitchell has decades of experience in the business and commercial segments of aviation and has strong connections with key players in the YVR community.

As the “Business and Commercial Specialist”, Mr. Chiang will be directly responsible for working with aircraft owners, Directors of Maintenance, and/or Operations Managers to assist them in how best to structure their avionics repair strategy. Mitchell will work with the existing Maxcraft team in helping to advise operators on how best to meet the many new worldwide avionics mandates. Mitchell Chiang
“I am extremely pleased to have Mitchell join our sales team,” said Director of Business Development Steve Nunn. “His background, experience, and connections in the industry will be crucial to Maxcraft’s continued growth in the corporate aviation segment.”
Mitchell will work out of the Maxcraft YVR-Vancouver office. Read the full press release here


Maxcraft Avionics Receives FAA STC Validation
For transport Canada STC SH04-41 (FAA STC SR03573NY) covering installation of the Garmin GNS or GTN Series Navigators in the Sikorsky S76A/C series of rotorcraft. The applicability of this package has now expanded to include GNS WAAS and GTN Navigators as well as all flavours of Honeywell EDZ-705/756 EFIS, and SPZ-7000 or SPZ-7600 DDAFCS Systems. Read more here on the website.
Lightspeed – Tango!
The first premium wireless aviation headset, Tango blends outstanding noise cancelation, renowned Lightspeed comfort, and wireless convenience. With no cables to get in the way, and critical controls – including volume and ComPriority™ – located on the headset, Tango creates an entirely new level of flying enjoyment and untethered freedom. Come see our demo!
David Clark – DC Pro X
Earlier this year we introduced the newDC Pro X headset featuring feather-light, yet extremely rugged, magnesium alloy headband and suspension system, Hybrid noise cancelling technology and Bluetooth compatibility. We now have a demo headset available at Maxcraft so drop by and explore the advanced technology and comfort features of the DC PRO-X.
Garmin – Obstacles to include Canada
Garmin is pleased to announce expanded availability of their comprehensive obstacle database to now include Canada for select Garmin portables and certified avionics. Man-made structures such as towers that are greater than 200 feet AGL are included within this database. Additionally, an obstacle database tailored to helicopter operators includes man-made structures that are greater than 10 feet AGL. Read more on our blog.

In the Hangar: Bell 206B with Comprehensive Upgrades


In its time here at Maxcraft, this Bell 206B 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 merely good, to great. These additional systems and equipment are not all immediately obvious from a single glance at the panel, and include remote boxes, as well as a number of small extras which really complete the installation. Read more here.


The Technical Side: Aerospace Lighted Annunciators – Can you see me?
Detection of system condition, mode or user selection used to be a matter of ‘feeling’ or ‘scanning’ a bank of switches to determine what position a particular switch or bank of switches was in. Often in the dark, smudged, dirty or even missing placards could turn this into an act of faith.
Old annunciator


Remote visual annunciation has been with us in newer cockpits for some time, letting the flight crew know about system condition as well as detection of possible problems. To augment analog or digital display systems, Visual Annunciators perform a vital part in informing a pilot as to the safety of an aircraft. These devices prove particularly useful in the course of modifying aircraft systems.
Located within the cockpit, and typically within in the line of sight of the pilot, customized annunciators relay the status of the various systems to the pilot. An aircraft system may not only be required to indicate abnormal or emergency conditions, but could also indicate that the systems are functioning properly with no faults.
Modern annunciator


Seemingly endless guidance is available in the form of Letter and Numeral Design, Flightcrew Alerting, Display Marking, NVIS or NVG colour spectrum requirements, Human Factors for Aircraft Cockpit Lighting. High-quality aerospace manufacturers take as many of these issues into account in the design and configuration of their annunciator products. The best annunciator manufacturers give you the tools to customize their product without inflicting long manufacturing lead times, or delivering something you didn’t ask for.
Where cockpit lighting technology has been stuck in the stone ages for some time, the wide spread use of newer manufacturing technologies in aerospace has given us never before seen access to display options and durability in annunciator products.

Vendor Profile: Applied Avionics
Applied Avionics, Inc. – Manufacturers of the VIVISUN Lighted Pushbutton Switches and NEXSYS Avionics Interface Solutions
VIVISUN® Switches and Indicators are the preferred choice of leading OEM aircraft manufacturers and military services worldwide. The patented design of VIVISUN lighting technology delivers best-in-class sunlight readability and performance. VIVISUN products are tested in accordance with MIL-PRF-22885 standards and are on the Qualified Products List (QPL). Product performance also conforms to DO-160F levels. Superior brightness and color consistency are why man-machine interface designers select VIVISUN pushbutton switches for their mission critical operations. Voltage Dimming or 3-level Discrete Dimming options integrate VIVISUN switches and indicators easily into existing lighting schemas and ensure pilot control over cockpit display conditions.
NEXSYS™ is the newest brand from Applied Avionics, manufacturers of the industry leading VIVISUN pushbutton switches and indicators. NEXSYS is focused on providing avionic system interface solutions, including the new ARINC 429 Signal Converter and the modular LOGIC component technology, which simplifies electronic design complexity with a powerful combination of mix-and-match electronic components. NEXSYS LOGIC component technology can provide robust behind-the-panel interface capabilities via a stand-alone LOGIC Module, or can be incorporated internally into a VIVISUN switch body.
With the NEXSYS brand, Applied Avionics can expand with you into solutions behind, not just in front of, the cockpit panel. NEXSYS products can work independently, or can be paired with VIVISUN lighted pushbutton switches and indicators for applications that require a robust man-machine interface in connection with the NEXSYS system interface capabilities.
Both the NEXSYS and VIVISUN brands are supported by Applied Avionics’ demonstrated commitment to high reliability, unparalleled customer service, and on-time delivery. For more information, please visit the company’s website at or call toll-free (888) 848-4786.

Did you know?
Maxcraft is very active in multiple tradeshows around North America. Just recently we sent our team to the Helicopter Association of Canada Conference (HAC).
HAC held their 20th Annual Conference & Trade Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre. HAC’s President & CEO said, “HAC is planning its largest tradeshow ever, with roughly 120 exhibitors, and static display of aircraft. Maxcraft sent Alex, Steve, Daryl to man our booth and speak to customers. 


For the first time Maxcraft had a booth at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2015), Nov. 17 to 19 in Las Vegas, NV. With more than 1,100 exhibits and two static displays of aircraft, the show’s 26,000 attendees arrived to learn more about the latest and greatest the industry has to offer. Daryl and Steve worked the booth and met with clients and vendors.


Maxcraft is always looking for skilled technicans

As we continue to grow our business we are always looking for experienced avionics installation technicians.  If you’re interested in joining our winning team send your resume to Joanna at Customer Service.

For Sale


1974 PA28-151 Piper Warrior For Sale.

Contact Daryl for more information.


Rebates for your favorite products
Bose is having a holiday sale! Receive a gift from Bose with a purchase of A20 headset. In addition, receive 10% off the second headset. This offer is valid now until January 9, 2016!
Call us for details!
Lightspeed Sale
Lightspeed is offering a free gift along with a superb savings with the purchase of a Zulu 2 or Zulu! Save $125 CAD instant savings on the Zulu 2, and $170 instant savings on the PFX and get a FREE Lightspeed Electronic Flight Bag. Order yours now! Offer expires January 4, 2016.
Now for a limited time, SPOT GEN3 hardware – regularly $169.99, is FREE with qualifying tracking subscriptions. Only until December 31, 2015.


It’s a holiday handheld rebate!  Up to $100 off selected handhelds.  
Call us or check out our webstore for more details.  
Offer ends December 31, 2015.




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

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