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Blonde goes flying
A blonde went to a flight school insisting that she wanted to learn to fly. As all the planes were currently in use, the owner agreed to instruct her by radio on how to pilot the solo helicopter. He took her out, showed her how to start it and gave her the basics, and sent her on her way.

After she climbed 1000 feet, she radioed in. “I’m doing great! I love it! The view is so beautiful, and I’m starting to get the hang of this.”

After 2000 feet, she radioed again, saying how easy it was to fly. The instructor watched her climb over 3000 feet, and was beginning to worry that she hadn’t radioed in.

A few minutes later, he watched in horror as she crashed about half a mile away. He ran over and pulled her from the wreckage.

When he asked what happened, she said, “I don’t know! Everything was going fine, but as I got higher, I was starting to get cold. I can barely remember anything after I turned off the big fan!”


A new STC from Maxcraft, new products including the new GPS Watch, Garmin Award, Two Short Skyvans and FreeFlight Systems
June 2015

Welcome to your first summer issue of MaxNews! Check out some of the upcoming events in the summer and our list of new products, including the new D2 Bravo watch.  A good read is always what’s in our hangar this month; not just one Skyvan, but two! Also, featuring FreeFlight as our vendor.  

New Products SAM

Maxcraft Avionics received FAA validation of its Transport Canada STC SH14-50 (FAA SR03524NY) for installation of the Mid-Continent MD302 Standby Attitude Module. This complements the G500H PFD/MFD, or any EFIS package in a light helicopter, replacing analog instruments. This STC is applicable to light Airbus (Eurocopter) Helicopters, including AS350, AS355, EC120, EC130 series, and more.

Avidyne announced that a new version of their IFD-Series FMS/GPS/NAV/COM  iPad Application is now available on the Apple iTunes App Store.  The updated iPad App provides fully-interactive, free-play demonstration capability for the new IFD440, as well as adding new IFD540 functionality that is representative of Avidyne’s soon-to-be-certified Release 10.1 software. The company also introduced its new MK10 Mini Keyboard that gives pilots an additional method of controlling and entering flight plans into Avidyne’s IFD540 and IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems wirelessly via integrated Bluetooth.


Maxcraft Avionics is pleased to receive Garmin’s 2014 Silver Dealer Award as an ongoing Garmin distributor. Garmin recognized us as a top performing  aviation distributor again, one that we have received many years in a row.


Garmin introduces their new stylish aviator
watch, the D2 Bravo! With new aviation features combining innovations with advanced worldwide in-flight navigation functionality. New and exclusive benefits such as altitude alerts, current aviation weather information, tracking features, multi-sport functions and much much more!


FreeFlight Systems

said its certified ADS-B In systems have joined the ForeFlight Connect program. FreeFlight and ForeFlight will conduct extensive ground and flight testing to ensure a seamless customer experience. ForeFlight Mobile’s integration with FreeFlight’s installed, certified, and rule-compliant systems ensures that users will receive an accurate and complete ADS-B weather and traffic picture.

Universal Avionics joined forces with ROCKWELL COLLINS to offer a new ADS-B incentive program,designed to allow operators to combine the Rockwell Collins TDR-94(D) Mode S Transponder with Universal Avionics SBAS-Flight Management System. Finally, Universal Avionics is offering aircraft operators two new upgrade incentive programs for the SBAS-Flight Management System and UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit. The programs are designed to help operators follow the path to ADS-B Out and Link 2000+/Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications compliance.

Wi-Fi Features Now Available to all ForeFlight Subscribers Dynon Avionics and ForeFlight announced a partnership that allows SkyView-equipped aircraft to transfer flight plans to and from ForeFlight Mobile. Pilots can also send GPS and attitude information from SkyView to Foreflight.






Maxcraft Avionics Alex Khavin, our Technical Sales Associate has started a new monthly parts mailer of used equipment we have available for sale and exchange.  This dynamic list consists of most common avionics and instruments used on helicopter and general aviation aircraft. If you didn’t receive the recent mailer from Alex, you can subscribe here.

In the Hangar: Two Short Skyvans
It’s always a pleasure to see unique or unusual aircraft come into the hangar, and these Shorts 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?” The answers are respectively “Because it works” and “Yes indeed.” In point of fact, the fuselage of this aircraft is one large airfoil, giving the Skyvan both its unique shape and its astonishing rate of climb — the latter feature being one which drew surprised remarks from our install manager during test flight.  Read more here.

In the Hangar: Cessna 182 – 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, and an internal WAAS GPS receiver, it can display traffic, weather, and moving maps… all within the form-factor of a legacy transponder with no remote boxes. Read more here


The Technical Side:

The Importance of magnetic interference surveys 

A Magnetometer is an instrument for measuring the intensity and orientation of magnetic flux lines of the earth. Fluxgate magnetometers were invented in the 1930s and are used to detect the earth’s magnetic field and electrically transmit information to aircraft’s compass system. Today’s glass panels all need an electronic compass reference and a magnetometer to perform this function.

Magnetometer position test

In recent years, with advancement in avionics and electronic equipment, magnetometers such as the Garmin GMU44 or the Aspen Remote Sensor Module (RSM), have become extremely sensitive.

They are more sensitive to nearby magnetic disturbances than a flux valve or flux gate magnetometers. For this reason, when choosing a location for mounting such equipment, even if the location used by existing flux valve, it is highly recommended to survey the location prior to installation. This procedure could involve nearly a day of testing for potential mounting locations, turning on all electrical devices such as electric motors and relays, servos and swinging landing gears.

There are different methods of surveying for magnetic interference, but Garmin probably has one of the more advanced ways for this purpose. GMU44 Location Survey (GLS) Tool software, allows the technician to perform magnetic interference survey with satisfactory results. Once the survey is passed, it is very rare for the installation to fail the magnetometer calibration during the post-installation check out. In such situations, failure is usually due to a constant magnetic field present in the aircraft.

Magnetic GLS tool software

To perform this Survey, GMU44 must be placed on the desired installation location and connected to a PC with GLS tool software loaded. Next, the technician will prepare a detailed test sequence list with precise start and stop times for exercising all items in the aircraft which are likely to affect the operation of GMU44 magnetometer. With a test sequence ready, the technician will start the survey and stopwatch simultaneously. It is very important to follow the timeline for each sequence to the end. Once all test sequences have been completed, data is analyzed to verify that the test has passed. If the test failed, the technician can then correlate the time of failure with the actions performed on the detailed test sequence. At this point he can correct the source of interference or consider another mounting location for the magnetometer.

Magnetic survey results

It is very important to properly carry out the magnetic interference survey as it could cause hours, if not days of troubleshooting and relocating a magnetometer at the end of installation. Examples of interference problems we have encountered are Nav and Strobe lights, electrical current return paths, control cables than have become magnetized ( these can sometimes be demagnetized with degaussers), landing gear motors, and air conditioners.

Vendor Profile: FreeFlight Systems

FreeFlight Systems develops and manufactures NextGen avionics out of Waco, Texas. They have a proud team of engineers, fabricators, leaders, and marketers that are AS-9100 accredited.

Their passion has led them to a proven record of innovation, including the first airborne WAAS/SBAS GPS receiver; the first rule-compliant ADS-B UAT TSO; the first UAT STC and the first FAA-approved UAT for ground vehicles.

Their management team works to keep their costs low and they pass those savings along to their customers with affordably priced, high quality solutions. They are excited to have rolled out our EquipIt2020 program this year, embarking on a mission to equip 10,000 aircraft with a fully compliant ADS-B system for less than $2,000. They have ramped up production by modifying their famous RANGR ‘Blue Box’ to have a reduced feature set. This is their way of reducing price without compromising quality. Their RANGR Lite systems are offered through their participating dealer network on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check out for more details.

They are equally excited this year to announce that FreeFlight now integrates with the ForeFlight Mobile 7.1 app. Now you can have subscription-free ADS-B weather and traffic via the FreeFlight Systems’ certified RANGR-series product lines.

Maxcraft is always looking for skilled technicans

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.

For Sale


1974 PA28-151 Piper Warrior For Sale.

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Rebates for your favorite products
Aspen Avionics - view our Summer Rebate
Aspen is offering Summer Rollback Savings! Save on the Evolution 3000, 2500, 2000 and 1500 systems. Customer can save up to $3,000 on multi-display systems purchases. Buy now, save until  June 30, 2015.
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Big savings on Garmin!

The full combination advanced situational awareness upgrades could save you a total of up to $5,000 off! Call now, this offer ends

June 20, 2015!


Save on Garmin Pilot Essentials!
Save up to $100 on Select Garmin Portables between June 1st and July 31st! You can save up to $100 on purchases of Garmin handhelds starting now through July 31, 2015. Including savings on VIRB, D2, and GDL 39. Call us for more details!


Summer Sale with SPOT!


Starting now through Sept.14, 2015, we are offering exciting customer promotions on SPOT Gen3™, SPOT Global Phone and SPOT Trace™ . A 50% OFF mail-in rebate on SPOT Gen3; 50% OFF mail-in rebate on SPOT Trace and FREE Phone – $499 mail-in rebate on SPOT Global!  Call us for details.
If you would like more information or to pre-order please contact our sales department at or 604-465-3080.  

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