Newsletter – May 2011


Bringing you knowledge of the latest in avionics technology

Volume 1, Number 2

May 2011

Hangar Picture w Logo
Demo Gear
Where will we be next?
Upcoming Events
Aviation Humour
Quality vs Quantity
Universal Avionics
In the Hangar
Helijet is in the House!
Mooney 650
Maxcraft plays host!
Who’s Who?


We have Demo Gear!

GPS’s, radios, ANR headsets, SPOT, etc, come into Maxcraft Avionics and see our demo gear and take it with you for a test flight! We also now have the New Garmin 650/750 touch screen Nav/Com on display!

Langley! Come see our booth at the COPA Convention on June 24-26, 2011. See COPA link below for more info.


Next, we are going to be at the Pitt Meadows Airport during Airport Days! Come visit our booth and join us and others for a family fun filled day on June 26, 2011 from 10am – 4pm.


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COPA Convention – Langley (Jun 24-26)




Garmin Seminar at Maxcraft (July 19)
Pitt Meadows Airport
Airport Days (Jun 26)


A “good” landing is one which you can walk away from. A “great” landing is one which lets you use the airplane another time!





As a new employee at Maxcraft there are things in the aviation world that I am learning, such as the concept of quality not quantity is most important. It’s not how fast you do the work it’s how well you do the work. The last newsletter had some errors in it which were pointed out to me and in my defense, speed was a factor. We all learn from our mistakes and I hope to have less from now on.


Thank you!
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Avionics to the Max!


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250-18799 Airport Way
Pitt Meadows Airport (CYPK)
Pitt Meadows, BC,
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Universal Avionics

Canada’s Newest Authorized Universal Avionics Dealer!

Maxcraft is pleased to announce the signing of a dealership agreement with Universal Avionics. Universal manufactures and markets an extensive line of advanced avionics equipment ideally suited to business, regional and transport category aircraft including rotorcraft. Universal is famous for the capabilities and quality of their products along with their outstanding customer service. We at Maxcraft are proud that Universal has full confidence in our capabilities to service their growing customer base.

Universal UNS-1Lw Universal EFI-890R


In the Hangar
Beech 1900C Avionics Upgrade

NT Air's Beech 1900C

Our hard working technicians have just completed the second of three Beech 1900C upgrades for Northern Thunderbird Air. The aircraft are now equipped with an L3 WX-500 weather detection system and a fully integrated Garmin GNS-530AW system with dual Sandel SN-3500 electronic HSIs. The integrated system is Transport Canada approved for precision WAAS GPS approaches with vertical guidance including LNAV/VNAV and LPV. A new STC approved standby attitude indicating system was also installed to meet the latest regulatory requirements.

Helijet is in the house!

Helijet is getting a makeover!

Maxcraft Avionics was awarded the contract to provide a major avionics upgrade to 3 Helijet, recently acquired, Sikorsky S-76C+ model helicopters for the BC Ambulance Service. Maxcraft is proud to be recognized by Helijet for its capabilities and decades of experience in major modifications. We are removing the non mission specific avionics system equipment and wiring, installing dual Garmin GPS 500W systems, Universal CVFDR, Skytrack ISAT-100, 2 NAT NPX-138 VHF FM radio systems, E-Comm radio, rear audio panels, Spectro Lab Night Sun SX5, and much, much more! Maxcraft is also responsible for overseeing the medical interior, headliner, and numerous structural projects. It’s a big project, with a short time frame and our staff are up to the challenge to have the first ship out by June!

Helijet S76C+

First Garmin Touch Screen GTN650 Install

Mooney start

We have a Mooney!

Recently arrived, a 1977 M20J Mooney, is in for a full panel upgrade. This customer’s patience with our busy production schedule paid off as he was able to revise his original panel choice and now install the brand new Garmin GTN 650 touch screen Nav/Com radio! As you can see the panel and majority of the wiring is on its way out. Our technicians will soon replace it with a new “Duracoat” custom Maxcraft panel along with the Aspen EFD1000 glass panel, the new Garmin GTN650, GTX327 digital transponder, a fully integrated GPSMAP696, Zaon PCAS

traffic system, and a new audio panel, all fully coupled for IFR approaches with his autopilot.


Maxcraft plays host!

BCFA – Rust Remover

Maxcraft Avionics hosted the British Columbia Floatplane Association’s Rust Remover seminar here at the hangar. With great knowledgeable speakers and fabulous food it went over without a hitch! Transport Canada’s attendance ensured all had a logbook sticker to qualify for their 2 year recurrency requirement. Sorry if we missed you at the seminar this year, but it will be back again in 2 years.

BCFA Rust Remover

Who’s Who?

Let me tell you about Maxcraft’s start….

Daryl MacIntosh
Continued from the March issue our bio on Daryl MacIntosh. He is the owner, president and general manager of Maxcraft Avionics. While still employed at Canadian Helicopters and working internationally, Daryl lived in Songkhla, Thailand for three years (1982-1985) where he met his wife, Sao. After returning to Canada, he started Maxcraft Avionics at Langley Airport in 1989 as a one-man shop mainly supporting Heli-Logging companies. At this time his son Ryan was 3, and his wife was pregnant with their second son, Dylan. He later relocated the business to a new shop in the Vancouver Jet Center at YVR in 1986, then moved to a larger facility in the in the Shell Aero Centre in 2001. Eventually he relocated Maxcraft to a brand new and improved facility at Pitt Meadows Airport in 2009 where we are currently doing business.