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December 2021
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Special Announcement
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New Products
Featured Product:
Replace Analog Gauges with Electronic Displays
Adaptable to a full range of instrument formats and functions, our GI 275 electronic display lets you keep the classic look of your panel while upgrading with modern, reliable glass touchscreen display technology.
Out with the old, in with the new!
  • It flush mounts in a standard 3-1/8” round cutout
  • From piston singles to jets, it’s STC’d for more than one thousand make/model aircraft.
  • How do you see it? Attitude, altitude, airspeed, CDI, HSI, MFD or EIS.
  • It’s available with precise digital ADAHRS and interface to drive select autopilots.
  • Connect your cockpit with built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity and BLUETOOTH® technology.
  • Know you’ll get home with up to 60 minutes of optional backup battery power.
Smart Glide
Garmin is pleased to introduce Smart Glide, a revolutionary safety tool that helps the pilot in loss of engine power emergencies by automating tasks to reduce pilot workload.
Smart Glide joins the Collier Trophy winning Garmin Autoland as a part of the Autonomí™ family. In the event of the loss of engine power in a single-engine aircraft, a pilot faces the urgent, workload-intensive job of maneuvering the aircraft from its current position to a suitable airport. Through compatible avionics, such as GTN™ Xi series navigators, Smart Glide provides assistance to the pilot by recommending a suitable airport if estimated to be within glide range, as well as providing critical information to the pilot and adjusting select avionics settings. When paired with a compatible Garmin autopilot, Smart Glide can automatically engage the autopilot and pitch for the aircraft’s best glide speed while simultaneously navigating the aircraft within the vicinity of the recommended airport (if available) so the pilot can execute an approach and landing.
Smart Glide Activation and Airport Selection
In the event of engine power loss in flight, pilots can quickly activate Smart Glide using an optional dedicated Smart Glide button that can be installed via a discrete input, or by holding the Direct-to button for two seconds to initiate activation. If the discrete Smart Glide switch is installed, Smart Glide will not be able to be activated via the direct-to long press.
Once activated, Smart Glide recommends an airport estimated to be within glide range  and automatically creates a direct-to route. In the event the system estimates there is not an airport within glide range, Smart Glide provides an aural and visual alert to the pilot, while continuing to search for an airport. Smart Glide considers several factors when choosing the recommended airport within glide range including runway length and condition; proximity; terrain; and available weather from sources such as FIS-B, Garmin Connext Weather, or SiriusXM weather, in addition to current measured winds calculated by the primary flight display (PFD). If the aircraft is equipped with a GTX 345/GTX 345R transponder or a GNX™ 375 acting as a transponder, or a GSR 56 / GDL 69/ GDL 69A with an appropriate weather subscription, Smart Glide will even consider VFR/IFR conditions when recommending the most suitable airport. Alternate airports within glide range can be selected if the pilot desires.
When Smart Glide has been activated, the system will alert the pilot with an aural message stating that Smart Glide is active, while also providing a quick reference to the selected airport within glide range in both bearing and distance to enhance situational awareness. In addition, Smart Glide provides automated adjustment of select avionics settings including changing the primary COM standby to the airport CTAF or tower and automatically switching the CDI to GPS mode. If the aircraft is appropriately equipped and configured with a compatible Garmin transponder, Smart Glide also provides pilots with a shortcut to tune the transponder to squawk the 7700 emergency code. If the aircraft is equipped with a compatible Garmin autopilot, Smart Glide activation will also automatically engage the autopilot to pitch for the best glide airspeed and activate GPS mode to enable navigation to the recommended airport. When equipped with a compatible Garmin autopilot, in the event the system estimates there is not an airport within glide range, the aircraft will automatically pitch for configured best glide speed.
Access Critical Information
Using the Smart Glide Page and the Map Page of the GTN Xi,pilots can easily access critical Smart Glide information when they need it most and better prepare for a landing at a potentially unfamiliar airport. The Smart Glide Page displays estimated glide speed based on the specific aircraft, airport name, an alternate airport list, arrival above ground level (AGL) altitude, longest runway information including wind components if available, as well as a Smart Glide alert banner to keep the pilot notified of glide status and any pertinent instructions. The Map Page is another useful resource for pilots during a Smart Glide activation. The Glide Range Ring depicted on the Map Page shows available airports within glide range and dynamically adjusts based on winds and terrain. The Map Page displays current aircraft AGL altitude, as well as estimated AGL altitude upon arrival, bearing, and distance to the airport, while decluttering the map.
Approach and Landing
When the aircraft is within four nautical miles from the recommended airport, Smart Glide will alert the pilot that they are approaching the airport environment with both an aural alert and visual banner. Within two miles of the airport, audible airport position alerts and a flashing red alert displayed on the GTN Xi will advise the pilot to resume control and begin maneuvering for a safe landing. In the event of an off-airport landing, Smart Glide provides audible AGL altitude alerts to help ensure the pilot is aware of the altitude while maintaining their focus on landing locations.
Smart Glide Support with a Variety of Garmin Systems
In certified aircraft, Smart Glide will become available with a GTN Xi series navigator paired with a compatible Garmin flight display including the G500 TXi™/G600 TXi, GI 275 electronic flight instrument, the G3X Touch™, or G5 electronic flight instrument, with others to be added later. Compatible Garmin autopilots such as GFC 500 or GFC 600 can be automatically engaged when Smart Glide is activated. Please note that initial Smart Glide software interface with a GFC 500 or GFC 600 works with GI 275 and TXi installations only. G5 configuration compatibility is expected in Q4 of 2021. For aircraft without a compatible Garmin autopilot, Smart Glide will still provide critical information and features to help manage engine emergencies and help to reduce pilot workload. Further, experimental aircraft with G3X Touch and a G3X autopilot can also enable Smart Glide technology when appropriately equipped.
Smart Glide is expected to be available as a software upgrade through Maxcraft Avionics starting in August 2021.
Need to know more about this amazing product? Call us or visit our team at Maxcraft Avionics!
GFC™ 600 Digital Autopilot
Bring New Levels of Autopilot Capability and Reliability to Your Aircraft
  • Cost-effective, superior in-flight characteristics, built-in self-monitoring capabilities and minimal maintenance needs when compared to older generation autopilot systems
  • Designed for single- and twin-engine piston and turbine aircraft that have a wide range of aircraft speed and performance characteristics, GFC 600 is now available for a growing list of aircraft models
  • Stand-alone autopilot that boasts superior integration potential with G600/G500 and TXi series glass flight displays, Garmin navigators, as well as a variety of third-party equipment
  • Robust feature set, including safety features such as underspeed and overspeed protection, a dedicated return-to-level (LVL) mode button, Garmin ESP (Electronic Stability and Protection), Smart Rudder Bias capability1, Flight Director (FD), coupled approaches and missed approaches when paired with a compatible navigator and much more
  • Offers 2-axis (pitch and roll) capabilities as well as pitch trim (provides automatic trim and manual electric trim); addition of optional fourth servo adds yaw damp capability
Aircraft Models Currently FAA Approved for GFC 600 Installation:
  • Beechcraft Baron
  • Models: B55, B55A, C55, C55A, D55, D55A, E55, E55A, 58, 58A, 58P, 58PA, 58TC*, 58TCA*
  • Smart Rudder Bias Approved: 58, 58A
  • Beechcraft Bonanza
  • Models: 36, A36, A36TC
  • Cessna 182
  • Models: P, Q, R, S, T, T182, T182T
  • Cessna Grand Caravan
  • Model: 208, 208B
  • Cessna 340
  • Models: 340, 340A
  • Cessna 414
  • Model: 414A
  • Cessna 421
  • Model: 421C
  • Cessna 425
  • Model: 425
  • Beechcraft King Air
  • Models: C90, C90-1, C90A, C90B, C90SE, C90GT, C90GTi, E90
  • Piper PA-31
  • Models: 300*, 310*, 325, 325CR
  • Smart Rudder Bias Approved: 300, 310, 325, 325CR
  • Piper PA-46
  • Models: 310P, 350P, 310P JetPROP, 350P JetPROP
  • Socata TBM
  • Models: 700, A, B, C1, C2, N (TBM 850)
GSB 15
New models of our GSB™ 15 USB charger are now available, featuring dual 27-watt USB Type-C charging ports — or a combination of USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports — for powering and charging various types of portable devices in the aircraft.
Dual USB Type-A, Rear Power Input
Add USB Power and Charging to Your Aircraft
  • Choose up to 27 watts of charging power per port with dual USB Type-C or USB Type-A/Type-C models or up to 18 watts of charging power per port with dual USB Type-A model
  • Charge two full-size iPad® tablets1 or similar smart devices while using them
  • Halo lighting around each USB port makes connections easy in dark conditions
  • Offers easy installation in an existing instrument cutout with optional adapter plate
  • Two power input options available — rear or side wiring connections — to help simplify installation in tight spaces such as armrests or sidewalls
In just a few short years, battery-powered mobile devices have become essential in-flight tools for pilots and their passengers alike. Pilots use their tablets or smartphones to access flight plans, moving maps, charts, weather data, manuals and more — while passengers access entertainment, messaging and all types of productivity apps on their devices. But, invariably, all these portable electronics need an external power source to keep them charged and ready to use over a long flight. That’s where our GSB 15 USB charging hub makes all the difference.
Power up on the Fly
The dual-port GSB 15 offers multiple charging options. The dual USB Type-A GSB 15 charging hub features Qualcomm® Quick Charge technology and can deliver up to 18 watts of power to each USB port simultaneously. If you have a newer portable device, including iPad Pro tablets from 2018 or later, the GSB 15 dual USB Type-C version offers up to 27 watts — enough to power two tablets or similar smart devices while also charging their batteries1. It also includes USB Power Delivery technology to provide optimal charging to every connected device. You can even choose a version that offers one of each type connector for maximum flexibility. With any option, there’s built-in protection against circuit and temperature overloads. Plus, configurable halo lighting on the plugs makes them easy to locate and access in a darkened cabin or cockpit — and the dual USB Type-C and USB Type-A/Type-C versions even have dimmable lighting.
Small and Simple to Install
All slimline GSB 15 charging hubs measure just over 1.5” square and stand less than an inch deep — making them among the smallest dual-port USB charging hubs ever designed for aviation use. They come in two formats: one designed to be wired into aircraft power from the back of the unit — and one that connects to aircraft power through the side (bottom) of the case. Choose the version that fits best with your application and its related space constraints.
Data Passthrough
If your aircraft is equipped with a GI 275 Flight Instrument you will also appreciate GSB 15 for its data transfer capabilities. Using a USB flash drive and the GSB 15, you can transfer databases to a GI 275 flight instrument. Databases will then also be synced among multiple GI 275 flight instruments in a single cockpit. In addition to database updating, GSB 15 can also be used to save flight logs — including engine data2 — from the GI 275 to a USB flash drive.
Fits Tight Spaces and Budgets
You can mount GSB 15 virtually anywhere. It’s small enough to fit a 1” cutout — and it’s available with an optional 1” decorative cover or mounting plates that allow for easy installation in existing, unused 2.25” or 3.125” instrument holes in the panel. And all GSB 15 models use the same power input connector, so the USB Type-C equipped versions can be an easy upgrade from an existing dual Type-A installation3. GSB 15 has FAA TSO and, consequently, European approval. The device will fit in a variety of constricted spaces — such as aircraft sidewalls, armrests or aft console positions — where most aviation USB chargers are simply too large or unwieldy to install.
GFC™ 500 Digital Autopilot
It’s the Autopilot Solution GA Aircraft Owners Have Been Waiting For
  • Cost-effective, precise and smooth in-flight characteristics, built-in self-monitoring capabilities and lower cost of ownership when compared to older autopilot systems
  • Designed for light piston, fixed-wing aircraft, GFC 500 is now available for a growing list of aircraft models
  • Leverages certificated flight instruments such as the G51 and GI 2751 for attitude reference, and optionally flight displays such as the G3X Touch2 or G500 TXi2 for display of autopilot modes and flight director cues.
  • Robust feature set, including safety features such as underspeed and overspeed protection, a dedicated return-to-level (LVL) mode button, Garmin ESP (Electronic Stability and Protection), Flight Director (FD), coupled approaches and missed approaches when paired with a compatible navigator and much more
  • Offers 2-axis (pitch and roll) capabilities with optional pitch-trim; yaw damper optionally available on select aircraft
Aircraft Models Currently FAA Approved for GFC 500 Installation:
  • Aviat Husky
  • Models: A-1, A-1A, A-1B, A-1C-180, A-1C-200
  • Beechcraft Bonanza
  • Models: N35, P35, S35, V35, V35A, V35B, 36, A36, A36TC*, B36TC
  • Beechcraft Bonanza/Debonair
  • Models: 33, A33, B33, C33, C33A, E33, E33A, E33C, F33*, F33A, F33C*, G33*
  • Cessna 172
  • Models: E, F, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, F172E, F172F, F172G, F172H, F172K, F172L, F172M, F172N, F172P, FR172K, R172K
  • Cessna 172RG
  • Models: 172RG
  • Cessna 177
  • Models: 177B, 177RG, F177RG
  • Cessna 180
  • Models: 180, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K
  • Cessna 182
  • Models: E, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, T182, T182T, F182P, F182Q
  • Cessna 182RG
  • Models: R182, FR182, TR182
  • Cessna 185
  • Models: 185, A, B, C, D, E, A185E, A185F
  • Cessna 206
  • Models: P206C, TP206C, U206C, TU206C, P206D, TP206D, U206D, TU206D, P206E, TP206E, U206E, TU206E, U206F, TU206F, U206G, TU206G, 206H, T206H
  • Cessna 210
  • Models: 210G, 210H, 210J, T210G, T210H, T210J, T210K, 210L, T210L, 210M, T210M, 210N, T210N
  • Cirrus SR22
  • Models: SR22*
  • Embraer Nieva (Brazil ANAC Approved Only)
  • Models: EMB-710C, EMB-710D, EMB-711A, EMB-711B, EMB-711T, EMB-711ST, EMB-712, EMB-720C, EMB-720D, EMB-721C, EMB-721D
  • Grumman (American General) AA-5 Series
  • Models: AA-5 Traveler, AA-5A Cheetah, AA-5B Tiger, AG-5B Tiger
  • Mooney M20
  • Models: C*, D*, E*, F, G, J, K, M, R, S
  • Piper PA-28
  • Models: 140, 150, 151, 160, 161, 180, 181, 201T, 235, 236 (and Overhead Trim Models)
  • Piper PA-28R
  • Models: 180, 200, 201, 201T
  • Piper PA-28RT
  • Models: 201, 201T
  • Piper PA-32
  • Models: 260, 300, 301, 301T, 301FT, 301XTC
  • Piper PA-32R
  • Models: 300, 301SP, 301HP, 301T
  • Piper PA-32RT
  • Models: 300, 300T
  • Socata Trinidad
  • Models: TB-20*, TB-21*
In the Hanger:
State-of-art 1973 Skylane Cessna 182P

Cessna 182P

Maxcraft is proud to highlight this pristine and now state-of-art 1973 Skylane Cessna 182P.
Jim’s journey into aviation began only four years ago after retiring from the tech industry and selling his company. Jim had always admired the freedom pilots have in terms of travel and… Read more
In the Hanger:
Talon Aviation purchased an AS365N2 Dauphin from Japan and, with the help of Maxcraft, transformed it into a Multi Mission Capable aircraft
Maxcraft was thrilled to assist in transforming this AS365N2 Dauphin into a multi mission capable aircraft. With several STC’s developed specifically for this aircraft it is flexible and capable of handling a myriad of different situations… Read more
In the Hanger:
Cessna 208 Caravan, G600 TXi Upgrade
Cessna 208
The owner, Adventure Air, is a small family owned air carrier in Manitoba about 60 miles north east of Winnipeg but operating throughout Canada.
Adventure Air has a versatile fleet of aircraft allowing them to use wheel, float, or skis depending on the situation. Adventure Air is focused primary on charter operations for… Read more
In the Hanger:
S-61N Major Overhaul 1974 Sikorsky S-61N
Canadian Helicopters is the largest helicopter transportation services company in Canada with 25 bases and a fleet of over 90 light, medium, and heavy lift helicopters.
The Sikorsky S-61N is the civilian version of the Sea King military helicopter. The N model is amphibious and designed for passenger transportation. This helicopter is impressive …Read more
In the Hanger:
Bell 212 RoadRunner Installation
Canadian Helicopters is the largest helicopter transportation services company in Canada with 25 bases and a fleet of over 90 light, medium, and heavy life helicopters. The Bell 212, first produced in 1968, is a medium duty helicopter suspended by two blades.It can be flown single pilot with a up to 14 passengers and a max range of 237nm.
This aircraft had dated avionics and flight instruments and was in dire need of a refresh… Read more
The Technical Side
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Vender Profile: Astronautics
Astronautics Corporation of America is a global leader in the design, development, and manufacture of secure avionics equipment and connectivity solutions for commercial and military aircraft.
Astronautics was established in 1959 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by a brother and sister leadership team. Nathaniel Zelazo and Norma Paige founded the company over 60 years ago with the desire to push the boundaries of technology and innovation.
Shown is a vintage photo, circa 1960s, of UW–Madison professor Robert Parent, at far left, and Nate Zelazo, founder of Astronautics Corporation of America.
When Nate founded Astronautics, he was pursuing his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the university and made lifelong relationships with several key faculty members. Many of the company’s early ‘space’ contracts stemmed from these connections.
In the picture, Professor Robert Parent (left) and Astronautics Founder and Chairman Emeritus Nate Zelazo are examining a miniaturized tape drive that Astronautics designed and manufactured. Powered by solar energy, the tape drive recorded infrared sensor data aboard NASA’s TIROS weather satellites in the early 1960s.
Since founded, Astronautics has grown from a small aerospace business in Milwaukee to a global enterprise, including its wholly owned subsidiary Kearfott Corporation, located in New Jersey. The founders had the creativity to envision what the company could become and the business drive to achieve this goal .
Milwaukee, the Jewel of the Great Lakes, is renowned for its hospitality. The city of 1.57 million residents features an abundance of revitalized historic districts, a powerhouse art scene, great restaurants, numerous lakefront festivals and outdoor recreation and adventure – all at affordable costs.
In January 2020, Astronautics relocated its corporate headquarters to Oak Creek, a Milwaukee suburb. The company is now in the process of moving its manufacturing operation into this renovated 10,000 square foot facility to enable additional on-site collaboration and efficiencies.
Astronautics has grown to a mid-sized aerospace company, listed as one of the top software product and manufacturing companies in the Greater Milwaukee region, and a one of the largest privately-held organizations in Wisconsin.
One of its leading products is the RoadRunner® electronic flight instrument (EFI). The company’s AFI4700 RoadRunner (EFI) is a 4×7-inch ‘two-in-one’ next-generation primary flight display for rotary and fixed-wing applications. Designed to replace aging 5-inch ATI electromechanical ADI and HSI instruments, or obsolete legacy CRT EFI systems (EFIS), with a value-added retrofit solution available for multiple platforms.
The RoadRunner provides operators an easy-to-install, affordable, and reliable upgrade that provides modern EFIS functionality with the added benefits of enhanced operational capabilities (e.g. LPV approach) and safety features (e.g. decision height alerting and a full HSI with moving map and pointers). The RoadRunner EFI is certified for the Leonardo A109/119 and Bell 412/212 aircraft.
For more information on our vendor Astronautics, check out their website here:
Who’s Who at Maxcraft? Who is Charles
Charles is our featured employee this month. He joined our team June 2017 as a shipper/receiver and prior to that he worked in Nova Scotia. Working in hardware and software testing at a company that produced Video Lottery Terminals.
Since being hired, he changed positions, and currently works as Technical Records. Charles also provides administrative and Quantum Control support. This position he started only in April of this year and is exceeding in it.
His favorite thing about working in aviation… he says it’s the variety in all things involved with aviation. So many avenues and directions that aviation can take you.
Charles did not plan to work in aviation… nor go to school for aviation. He has an Electronic Engineering Technician diploma that he received at a two year program at the Nova Scotia Community College – Marconi Campus.
Charles hobbies include computers, electronic, reading and NOT talking about himself. On the weekdays, he loves to spend time with his friends around the lower mainland playing “Magic The Gathering” (a very popular card game… who knew?).
Things I didn’t know about him, he earned a Governor General’s Medal during his diploma program!
Special Announcement
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Upcoming Events
Feb. 26 – 27, 2022
Northwest Aviation Conference & Tradeshow
Mar. 7 – 10, 2022
HAI Heli Expo
Mar. 28-31, 2022
Aircraft Electronics Association
New Orleans
Avionic Humour
Several planes were running up and waiting to take off, many Cessnas including a 337. With all the students and several similar call signs, the controllers were getting a tad confused. The controller finally asked: “Cessna 123YZ, are you the Skymaster?”
A slightly confused voice with an indeterminate accent replied, after a moment: “Well, my instructor says that I am very good, but I do not think that I would yet be considered the ‘Skymaster’.
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