- Universal Avionics partners with Flight-Deck-
Universal Avionics is a leading manufacturer of innovative avionics systems for business jets, turboprop aircraft, transport aircraft, helicopters, regional and commercial airliners used by corporate, military, and airline operators. The company offers advanced avionics as a retrofit solution for the largest diversification of aircraft types in the industry. Flight-Deck Avionics is honored to be included among the ranks of Universal Avionics dealers and will continue to deliver cutting edge products, from one of the worlds leading avionics manufacturers. Contact us today, for your customized Universal Avionics upgrade proposal.
- Bonanza Operators Thrilled With Flight-Deck Avionics Installed EFIS Cockpit-
To bring in the new year, Flight-Deck Avionics has delivered another great cockpit, the V35 Bonanza (shown below) . This project began with the idea of improving on existing Bonanza EFIS installations, completed by other shops around the country. The Flight-Deck redesigned, CNC fabricated instrument panel incorporates a single piece construction, with an integral chart compartment, eliminating the common 4-peice design, and cardboard chart box. The additional avionics suite includes a Garmin G500 Retrofit PFD/MFD EFIS System, and the new JP Instruments EDM730 Engine Data Monitor System. All instrument lighting was updated, eliminating the original post-lamps. The resulting layout provides a flowing, intuitive instrument scan, reducing pilot workload.
- State Law Enforcement Agencies Select Flight-Deck Avionics For EFIS Retrofit -
As an early holiday gift, Flight-Deck Avionics delivered this Cessna TU206G (shown below) to a Utah law enforcement agency. A custom pilots instrument panel was designed, CNC fabricated, and finished in Citation grey. The Garmin G500 Retrofit PFD/MFD system was added, along with a GNS430W WAAS-GPS/NAV/COM and GTX330 Mode S Transponder with Traffic Info Service (TIS). Instrument panel lighting was updated on the pilot side. To meet the departments budget, the existing copilot instrument panel overlay was painted to match with great results.
- Flight-Deck Avionics Provides EHSI For Bell Operator -
This month Flight-Deck Avionics delivered this Bell 206L-3 (shown below) with a low-cost Sandel SN3500 EHSI System, and Garmin GNS430W WAAS-GPS/NAV/COM. The existing instrument panel was removed, re-coated, and then custom placarded for an updated look.
- Flight-Deck Avionics Delivers Another EFIS Equipped Cessna 172 -
This Cessna 172 (shown below) was retrofitted this month with a Garmin GMA340 Audio Panel with 4-Place Intercom, dual GNS430W WAA-GPS NAV/COMs, GTX330 Mode S Transponder with Traffic Information Service (TIS), and G500 Primary PFD/MFD system. New Flight-Deck Avionics designed instrument panels were installed in Citation Grey. An updated instrument lighting package with a reupholstered glare-shield keeps everything visible. The original red plastic trim on both the lower sub-panel, and control pedestal was replaced with new trim, in flat black. The control wheels were updated, incorporating integral transmitter switches. This 172 has transformed into a great IFR training platform, with room for future avionics expansion.
- Helicopter Operators Continue to Utilize Flight-Deck Avionics For EFIS Retrofit -
This month Flight-Deck delivered this factory new Eurocopter AS350B3 (shown below) equipped with Synthetic Vision EFIS. This package includes a new custom fabricated instrument panel, Garmin G500H Retrofit PFD/MFD with Synthetic Vision, Garmin GTN650 Touchscreen WAAS-GPS/NAV/COM, Garmin GTX330 Mode S Transponder, Garmin GTR225 COM, Garmin GDL69A Remote XM-WX Receiver, dual Technisonic TDFM136 FM Transceivers, and AEM AMS44 Tactical Audio System. Remote Auxiliary FM provisions are handled by the AEM AA34-300 Remote Radio Interface. A custom chart compartment was integrated into the copilots panel to customer specification. This rotorcraft is job-ready to meet the demands of any contract.
The Piper Cheyenne (shown below) was retrofitted this month with dual Garmin G600 PF/MFD systems and GTN750 Touchscreen WAAS-GPS/NAV/COMs. The instrument panels were redesigned, CNC fabricated, and the substructure was modified to place the copilots EFIS directly over the control wheel. Garmins GMA35 Remote Audio System provides the communications and entertainment, while the GTX33 Remote Mode S Transponder and GTS800 Traffic Advisory Systems keep traffic at bay. The existing KFC250 Autopilot is rejuvenated with the new GPSS and LPV capabilities. Weather is provided by a Garmin GDL69 Remote XM-WX Receiver. An Artex 406Mhz ELT and updated instrument lighting completes the package.
- Flight-Deck Avionics Completes Utah's Second Synthetic Vision EFIS Installation For Rotorcraft -
This month Flight-Deck Avionics has completed another great rotorcraft glass cockpit retrofit. The Bell 206L-1 (shown below) was outfitted with Garmins new G500H retrofit PFD/MFD system with helicopter specific Synthetic Vision Technology. This installation represents the second glass cockpit retrofit on a certificated helicopter in the state of Utah (Flight-Deck completed the first one last fall). The remaining installation included Garmins GNS430W WAAS-GPS/Nav/Com, SL30 Nav/Com, GTX330 Mode S Transponder, and GDL69A XM Weather Receiver. N.A.T. Tactical Audio System and Skytrac ISAT 200R GPS Tracking system (with SATCOM) were also added. Flight-Deck is proud to be Utah's #1 repair station for all helicopter avionics and electrical service requirements.
- Flight-Deck Avionics Receives Training Award -
Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), has included Flight-Deck
Avionics as a recipient of the 'Avionics Excellence Training Award' for
the 5th year in a row. The award is issued to member aviation
businesses that represent dedication to avionics training and their
technician's total commitment to excellence during the previous calendar
year. Flight-Deck Avionics is Utah's only facility to receive this
award for 5 consecutive years.
- Flight-Deck Avionics Partners With Rockwell Collins -
As of today, Flight-Deck Avionics is the country's newest Rockwell Collins Authorized Dealer for business and regional systems sales and service. Rockwell Collins is a world leader in the development and production of advanced communication and aviation electronics for the air transport, regional, business, and military markets. The company provides industry-leading avionics and in-flight entertainment systems to aircraft manufacturers and airlines worldwide, as well as avionics and communications systems for military applications to the United States and its allies worldwide. Flight-Deck Avionics is honored to be included among the ranks of Rockwell Collins authorized dealers, and looks forward to this new business relationship. With the support of Rockwell Collins, Flight-Deck Avionics promises to continue delivering the very best avionics services available.
- Flight-Deck Avionics Continues As The Clear Choice For Avionics Retrofit -
Flight-Deck Avionics has completed another great EFIS cockpit, just in time for Spring. As you'll see in the before photo (scroll down to view), this 1967 Cessna 320 Skynight bared 45 years worth of scars from many installations and clearly showed its age. Flight-Deck began this project in a very familiar way - with completely redesigned and custom fabricated instrument panels. Garmins G500 Retrofit PFD/MFD System with Synthetic Vision was chosen as the primary instrumentation package. The installed avionics suite, includes a Garmin GMA340 Audio Panel with 6-place stereo intercom, GNS430W WAAS-GPS/NAV/COM system, Bendix/King KX165 NAV/COM, and Garmins GTX327 Mode A/C Transponder. Flight-Deck engineered and fabricated an innovative mounting solution for a Garmin GPSMAP 696. The mount is machined from billet aluminum and swivels 60 degrees toward the pilot, for optimal viewing. The GPSMAP 696 is interfaced with the aircraft avionics DC bus and receives cross-filled flight-plan data from the GNS430W unit. The lower sub-panels were touched up in flat-black, a new aluminum upper switch panel was fabricated, and the glare-shield was wrapped in upholstery to finish the job. Stay tuned - This rejuvenated twin will be back for an autopilot upgrade next winter.
- Flight-Deck Receives Honors From Garmin -
the 4th year in a row, Garmin International has presented Flight-Deck
Avionics with honors. This time, with their Silver Achievement Award
for distributor excellence in the year 2011. This marks the 3rd
consecutive year that Flight-Deck Avionics has received this honor.
Garmin issues the Silver Award to recognize exemplary performance among
top distributors, representing a first class level of sales performance,
technical expertise, and customer service. The award places
Flight-Deck Avionics among the top 15% of Garmin Avionics distributors
worldwide! Flight-Deck is honored to receive the award, and promises to
continue delivering unmatched services to the aviation public.
- Flight-Deck Avionics Delivers Touchscreen Equipped Meridian, Another First In Utah -
- Flight-Deck Avionics Completes Utah's First Synthetic Vision EFIS Installation For Rotorcraft -
This week Flight-Deck Avionics has completed another great glass cockpit retrofit. This Eurocopter EC130 B4 was outfitted with Garmins new G500H retrofit PFD/MFD system with Synthetic Vision Technology specifically designed for helicopters. This installation represents the first glass cockpit retrofit on a certificated helicopter in Utah. The remaining installation included Garmins GMX200 MFD, GNS430W WAAS-GPS/Nav/Com, and Skytrac ISAT 200R GPS Tracking system (with SATCOM Dialer). Flight-Deck is proud to be Utah's premier repair station for all rotorcraft avionics and electrical service requirements.
- Flight-Deck Avionics Is Utah's Leader In Glass Cockpit Retrofit -
To cap off a great summer, Flight-Deck Avionics delivered this Cessna 172N to customer specifications, which included Garmin's G500 Retrofit PFD/MFD, GMA340 Audio Panel, GNS430W WAAS-GPS/Navcom, SL40 Com Transceiver, and GTX330 Mode S Transponder. All new custom coated, CNC fabricated instrument panels were added for an updated instrument layout and to provide for future expansion. An instrument lighting package was added, eliminating the original post lamps. Original plastic trim was replaced on the lower sub-panel and control pedestal and factory circuit breakers were replaced with modern pull-type breakers. Finally, the glare-shield and forward deck was upholstered, adding the Flight-Deck touch. Astounded with the results, the owner/operator is eager to schedule additional upgrades, including an XM weather solution and engine display options.
Note: Scroll down for a photo illustrating an example of wiring bundles at the AHRS and ADC units (included with the G500 & G600 Primary PFD/MFD Systems. Quality, not just in presentation, but in places that you cannot see, is what separates Flight-Deck Avionics from competitors and provides piece of mind to owner/operators.
- Flight-Deck Avionics Partners with L-3 Communications -
As of today, Flight-Deck is currently the country's newest L-3 Avionics Sales and Installation Center. L-3 Communications carefully selects authorized avionics dealers to sell and install L-3 Avionics equipment and flight systems. L-3 has long been a top avionics supplier within the aviation industry, and Flight-Deck Avionics is excited to embark on this mutual endeavor. This new dealership includes all AIM and JET brands as well. Be sure to contact Flight-Deck Avionics for all current L-3 Avionics promotions.
- Garmins New GTN Series Touchscreen Avionics Land In Utah-
This summer Flight-Deck Avionics had the pleasure of upgrading this T210L, for a second time. Originally equipped in 2009 with the very latest avionics suite available from Garmin, the clients elected to trade-in their current systems for Garmins new GTN Series Touchscreen Avionics. The newly installed package includes Garmins GTN750 WAAS-GPS/Nav/Com, GTN650 WAAS-GPS/Nav/Com, GMA35 Remote Audio System, and GTX33 Remote Mode-S Transponder System with TIS. Because Flight-Deck was able to reuse all existing wiring, the installation costs were kept to a minimum (review the January 13, 2009 news entry at the bottom of this page to see the original upgrade). This installation marks the first touchscreen retrofit in Utah and Flight-Deck is proud to be at the forefront of this new technology.
Flight-Deck Avionics is Utah's only Garmin GTN750 and G600 demonstration dealer, so stop by for some hands-on!
- Flight-Deck Receives Honors From Garmin -
For the 3rd year in a row, Garmin International has presented Flight-Deck Avionics with honors. This time, with their Silver Achievement Award for distributor excellence in the year 2010. This marks the 2nd consecutive year that Flight-Deck Avionics has received this honor. Garmin issues the Silver Award to recognize exemplary performance among top distributors, representing a first class level of sales performance, technical expertise, and customer service. The award places Flight-Deck Avionics among the top 15% of Garmin Avionics distributors worldwide! Flight-Deck is honored to receive the award, and promises to continue delivering unmatched services to the aviation public.
- Flight-Deck Avionics Receives Training Award -
The Aircraft Electronics Association(AEA), has included Flight-Deck Avionics as a recipient of the 'Avionics Excellence Training Award' for the 4th year in a row. The award is issued to member aviation businesses that represent dedication to avionics training and their technician's total commitment to excellence during the previous calendar year. Flight-Deck Avionics is Utah's only facility to receive this award for 4 consecutive years.
Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) represents more than 1,300 aviation businesses, including repair stations that specialize in maintenance, repair, and installation of avionics and electrical systems in GA aircraft.
- Flight-Deck Avionics, The Clear Choice For Glass Cockpit Retrofits -
Yet again, Flight-Deck Avionics breaks new ground with the completion of Utah's first glass cockpit retrofit utilizing Avidyne's popular Entegra Series EXP5000 Primary Flight Display System. This Cessna 421C upgrade included a certified 2 inch standby instrument package by Mid-Continent Instruments, as well as all new custom CNC machined instrument panels. A lighting upgrade was added, eliminating the original post lamps. The instrument panels were finished in standard Citation Grey (a popular choice), and custom placarded by Flight-Deck. The remaining avionics suite includes a PS Engineering PMA8000B Audio Panel with Stereo Intercom, dual Garmin GNS430W WAAS-GPS/Nav/Coms, Garmin GTX330 Mode-S Transponder, and Avidyne EX500 MFD. An In-Progress Photo is included below to illustrate an instrument panel pre-installation phase.
(IN PROGRESS PHOTO)
- Flight-Deck Avionics Receives Additional FAA Ratings -
In addition to ratings already held, this month the FAA has issued Flight-Deck Avionics additional repair station class ratings, consisting of: Instrument Class 1 (Mechanical), Instrument Class 2 (Electrical), Instrument Class 3 (Gyroscopic), Instrument Class 4 (Electronic), Radio Class 1 (Communications Equipment), Class 2 (Navigational Equipment), Class 3 (Radar Equipment), Accessory Class 2 (Electrical Accessories), and Accessory Class 3 (Electronic Accessories). Armed with newly updated limitations and ratings, Flight-Deck Avionics strives to forever exceed the expectations of clientele, setting the benchmark for innovation, quality, safety, and customer service within the aviation community.
- Twin Cessna Operators Thrilled With Results -
Upon delivery to Flight-Deck Avionics, the cockpit of this 1966 Cessna 310K bared scars from 45 years of service. With budget in hand, the owner/operators allowed Flight-Deck to plan a series of simple upgrades, which would rejuvenate this cockpit. The results are astounding. The project included Garmins GMA340 Audio Panel (with intercom), and a single GNS430W WAAS-GPS/Nav/Com (with GI106A GPS/NAV Indicator). The pilots instrument panel was redesigned and CNC fabricated to bring the flight instruments into the standard-six configuration. All flight instruments were cleaned up and reused. The glare-shield was wrapped in upholstery and received a new custom fabricated switch panel to complete the project. The Flight-Deck team and the customers are thrilled with the results (and the invoice).
- Aerostar Operators choose Flight-Deck For Complete Cockpit Retrofit -
The Piper Aerostar (pictured below) was delivered to Flight-Deck Avionics in near original condition. The team was tasked with bringing the 1979 cockpit up to date, delivering one of the most advanced Aerostars in the country. The upgrade included Garmins G600 Retrofit PFD, GMA340 Audio Panel (with 6-place intercom), GNS530W WAAS-GPS/Nav/Com, GNS430W WAAS-GPS/Nav/Com, GTX330 Mode S Transponder, GDL69 XM Weather Receiver, GTS800 Traffic Advisory System, and J.P. Instruments EDM960 Twin Engine Management System. All instrument panels and center control pedestal were completely redesigned and CNC fabricated in a forward thinking, intuitive layout. An in progress photo is included below to illustrate additional scope and detail of the project.
- Flight-Deck Avionics Delivers Another First For Utah Aviation-
This fall, Flight-Deck Avionics outfitted this 1975 Cessna 421B with a pair of new Garmin G600 Retrofit Primary Flight Display Systems, GDL69A XM Weather/Radio Receiver, an all new S-Tec System 55X Autopilot System, and JPI's EDM960 Twin Primary Engine Data Management System with amazing results. The FAA has granted Flight-Deck Avionics approval to develop an innovative and advanced instrument panel design (eliminating the original Twin-Cessna 4 piece panel) to accommodate today's EFIS systems. The advanced CNC designed panel allows for a simple avionics layout, resulting in reduced pilot workload. The G600 PFD Systems are interfaced with one another, as well as the autopilot, enabling full Flight Director control from either seat. The altitude preselect feature included with the G600 PFD's provides a seamless digital interface for smooth altitude transitions. The control wheels were refurbished and the instrument lighting package was modernized with a Flight-Deck touch.
- Local Twin Cessna Operators: 'Got EFIS?' -
Flight-Deck continues to solidify its role as Utah's premier avionics installation/service facility, by breaking new ground...... Again. Utah's first Cessna 340A to be retrofitted using a low cost Garmin G500 was completed at the end of summer. The owner comments: "You've out done yourselves with this one guys, I couldn't be happier!" With a tight budget in hand, Flight deck managed to include Garmins G500 Retrofit PFD/MFD, Dual GNS430W WAAS-GPS/Nav/Com's, GTX330 Mode S Transponder, GDL69A XM Receiver, and three beautiful CNC fabricated, custom designed instrument panels. Upgrading the instrument lighting package allowed Flight-Deck to create a clean presentation, eliminating shadows and glare. 'Less is more' was the theme for this project, and before and after photos tell the story (as well as the weight and balance sheet :).
- Piper Malibu Operators Choose Flight-Deck for EFIS -
Flight-Deck Avionics answered the request to upgrade this Malibu with an EFIS cockpit, with resounding success. This simple upgrade included Garmins G600 Retrofit PFD/MFD with Synthetic Vision and GAD43 Gyro Adapter. Flight-Deck was able to reuse the existing instrument panel, cutting costs to fit the operators budget.
- Flight-Deck Avionics Receives Training Award
The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), has included Flight Deck
Avionics as a recipient of the 'Avionics Training Excellence Award' for the third year in a row.
The award is issued to member aviation businesses that
represent dedication to avionics training and their technician's total
commitment to excellence during the previous calander year. Flight-Deck Avionics is the only facility in Utah to receive the award this year.
- Garmin G500 Approved for Mooney -
Combined with all new CNC custom fabricated instrument panels, this Mooney M20K received Garmins G500 Retrofit PFD/MFD system with Synthetic Vision, GAD43 Gyro Adapter, GDL69A XM Receiver, GMA340 Audio Panel, GNS530 WAAS-GPS/Nav/Com, and GTX330 Mode-S Transponder with TIS. A Mid-Continent Instruments 4300 Series "Lifesaver" Electric Attitude Gyro with battery backup, JP Instruments EDM930 Engine Data Management system, and a 406 Mhz ELT from Artex completed the project.
(Among the 15+ lbs of wire that was removed during the upgrade, the Flight-Deck team counted 10 inline fuses, 5 unused connectors, and other hidden treasures behind the instrument panels and sidewalls. This extensive cleanup, combined with the new avionics suite, resulted in a significant useful load increase.)
- Flight-Deck honored by Garmin for 2nd year in a row -
Once again, Garmin International has presented Flight-Deck Avionics with honors. This time, with their Silver Achievement Award for distributor excellence in 2009. Garmin has created the Silver Award to recognize Exemplary Performance among top distributors and represents a first-class level of sales performance, technical expertise, and customer service. The award places Flight-Deck Avionics in the top 15% of Garmin distributors worldwide! Flight-Deck Avionics is honored to receive the award, and promises to continue delivering unmatched services to mutual clients.
- Retrofit Glass impacting local twin-engine operators -
This summer, Flight-Deck Avionics continues to break boundaries by completing the first Glass Cockpit retrofit for a twin-engine aircraft in Utah. The installed avionics suite in the Piper Seneca (shown below) includes Garmin's G600 retrofit PFD/MFD, GNS530W & GNS430W WAAS/GPS/NAVCOM's, GDL69 XM Weather Receiver, and a 406Mhz ELT from Artex. Flight-Deck Avionics was able to reuse the existing/original pilots instrument panel in this installation, then airbrush all panels (in place) to bring this cockpit back to life.
- Flight-Deck Avionics receives honors from Garmin -
This Spring, Garmin International has presented Flight-Deck Avionics with their Bronze Achievement Award for distributor excellence in 2008. Garmin has created the Bronze Achievement Award to recognize their top performing aviation distributors and represents a level of sales performance, technical expertise, and customer service that distinguishes businesses among other Garmin Aviation Distributors. These awards are earned by less than a third of Garmin distributors worldwide. Flight-Deck Avionics is honored to receive the award from Garmin, and renews its promise to deliver excellent service to mutual clients.
- New technology offers breakthroughs in safety -
Together with AmSafe Aviation, Flight-Deck Avionics is now offering Airbag systems to the general aviation market. Amsafe has aggressively certificated the airbag systems on aircraft such as Hawker, Beechcraft, Mooney, Piper, and Cessna - making this ultimate upgrade accessible to a wide range of aircraft owners. AmSafe Airbags are already installed in over 5,000 GA aircraft across the nation. As an AmSafe Fully Authorized Service Center, Flight-Deck Avionics currently installs, services, and supports the only airbag restraint system available to aircraft owners.
- Retrofit Glass Comes to Utah General Aviation -
Flight-Deck Avionics, is pleased to announce completion of Utah's first 'complete' Glass Cockpit retrofit in single engine Cessna. The installed avionics suite includes Garmin's G600 Retrofit PFD/MFD, GMA340 Audio Panel, Dual GNS430W WAAS/GPS/NAVCOM's, GTX330 Transponder with TIS, and GDL69 XM Weather Receiver. Additional analog engine instrumentation was replaced by J.P. Instrument's EDM-930 Engine Data Managment Unit. The instrument panels were completely redesigned, CNC fabricated, and custom coated/placarded. The control wheels were refinished and an aftermarket glareshield provides a finishing touch.
Project Comments -
The ability to replace analog instrumentation, allowed us to create a flowing, intuative instrument panel design, reducing pilot workload. The GPSS Roll Steering feature (included in Garmin's G600 PFD/MFD) has given the aging Century IV autopilot in this aircraft, a reason to stick around. Keeping the owners closely informed and encouraging their involvment in the design and layout of their new cockpit, has created a super relationship with our new long-term client and has increased our reputation for excellent customer service.
This Cessna T210L arrived with a mixture of outdated avionics and equipment. The cockpit bared the scars from too many installations and years of faithful service. Surprisingly, the glareshield mounted audio switches operated without defect for 37 years, kudos Cessna!
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