Newsletter – October


Bringing you knowledge of the latest in avionics technology

Volume 1, Number 7

October 2011

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Aviation Humour
New Products!
In the Hangar
Technical Side
Maxcraft in Vegas!
Vendor Profile
Who’s Who at Maxcraft?
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National Business Aviation Association

Held in Las Vegas, NV

Oct. 10,11 &12, 2011



Garmin 796 is now in stock!

Call now to purchase yours !!

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Pacific Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Association

January 27-28, 2012




Heli-Expo 2012

February 12,13,14 2012

Dallas, Texas




Northwest Aviation Conference and Tradeshow

February 25&25, 2012

Western Washington, Puyallup, WA





While taxiing at London’s Airport, the crew of a US Air flight departing for Ft. Lauderdale made a wrong turn and came nose to nose with a United 727.

An irate female ground controller lashed out at the US Air crew, screaming: “US Air 2771, where the hell are you going? I told you to turn right onto Charlie taxiway! You turned right on Delta! Stop right there. I know it’s difficult for you to tell the difference between C and D, but get it right!”

Continuing her rage to the embarrassed crew, she was now shouting hysterically: “God! Now you’ve screwed everything up! It’ll take forever to sort this out! You stay right there and don’t move till I tell you to! You can expect progressive taxi instructions in about half an hour, and I want you to go exactly where I tell you, when I tell you, and how I tell you! You got that, US Air 2771?”

“Yes, ma’am,” the humbled crew responded.

Naturally, the ground control communications frequency fell terribly silent after the verbal bashing of US Air 2771. Nobody wanted to chance engaging the irate ground controller in her current state of mind. Tension in every cockpit out around Gatwick was definitely running high. Just then an unknown pilot broke the silence and keyed his microphone, asking:

“Wasn’t I married to you once?”





Spot rebate 2011

Once again, SPOT is offering a $50 mail in rebate! From now until December 31, 2011 purchase a SPOT at regular price and receive your rebate!
Cobham System 55X Autopilot upgrade on sale now – see us for details!
Come into Maxcraft for these great deals!

New Products!

Rockwell Collins’ new Ascendâ„¢ Aircraft Information Manager

Rockwell Collins’ new Ascendâ„¢ Aircraft Information Manager (AIM), gives operators of aircraft equipped with Pro Line 4â„¢ or Pro Line 21â„¢ the ability to securely, automatically and wirelessly transfer data to and from their aircraft.


The hardware installation includes Rockwell Collins IMS-3500 Information Management Server and DBU-5010E Data Base Unit. Through the Ascend Aircraft Information Manager subscription service, Rockwell Collins IMSthese systems create a wireless link between the aircraft and ground stations around the world to automatically transfer information to and from the Ascend Data Center.


“AIM brings tremendous value to flight operators by assuring that the latest databases are up to date and available regardless of where their mission takes them,”said Steve Timm, vice president and general manager, Flight Information Solutions for Rockwell Collins.


Timm explained that the AIM data transfer process is much more simplified and streamlined than traditional manual methods, which include transferring information from laptops or USB sticks.


Mountain High Portable Electronic Oxygen Systems


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Maxcraft is now your Canadian source for Mountain High oxygen systems. Why does Maxcraft suddenly carry an oxygen product? At Maxcraft we strive to understand and adapt to pilot needs. As many may have experienced, inclement weather, poor visibility, and mountain obstacles can prevent safe decent when flying flight legs above 10 000 feet in unpressurized aircraft.


The electronic controller lets pilots utilize an oxygen delivery system offering economical use of oxygen. It offers unimpeded flight, overcoming the 30 minutes of at-altitude hypoxic risk factor. The Mountain High device’s simplicity and effectiveness make it a great product!


Mountain High’s two-person “pulse demand” electronic delivery system (EDS) allows pilot and passenger to breathe at pressure altitudes up to 30,000 feet in safety and comfort. The pulse demand system adapts to consumption needs of both the pilot and passenger individually, delivering a tailored flow of oxygen. With cannula or mask type accessories readily available, and no adjustment necessary, pilot comfort, convenience, and reduced workload is of the highest priority. In addition, MH oxygen cylinders are available constructed from different materials, including seamless aluminum, and Kevlar/Carbon Fiber wraps.


Far superior to the “constant flow” systems, the O2D2 allows most users a fourfold increase of duration at same tank capacities. The O2D2 is small and easy to use; no longer necessary is it to monitor flow indicators, or make manual adjustments for altitude. Whether you already have a bottle, on-board system, or nothing at all, it is worth dropping in and checking out our demo unit.

In the Hangar

Cessna 182

Marty Cessna 182

An avid pilot, owner of several aircraft, Pipistrel dealer, and busy company president, this 182 owner had a limited amount of time during which he was willing to ground the aircraft.

Maxcraft was pleased to apply its expertise and planning to meet his needs and had the aircraft ready to fly on schedule.


Delivering his 1968 Cessna 182 to Maxcraft, the owner seemed pleased to finally see his long-anticipated upgrades begin take shape.


We started with the removal of the ADF receiver and indicator, Audio selector, and com radio. Will, the project lead, was eager to coordinate the design, planning and install of the new avionics package; a GarminGTN750 Nav/Com radio, GMA350 audio panel and intercom with 3D audio capability. Despite the age of the aircraft and some tight space limitations, this equipment went in without a hitch.


During the install, some unrelated minor panel items were also replaced; a new master switch was put in along with provisional wiring for a 406MHz ELT, some miscellaneous light bulbs and a new UMA strip were installed under the glareshield to provide enhanced panel lighting.


Additional maintenance was done at the aircraft owner’s request, including an airspeed indicator accuracy check. Following a weight and balance check, the machine was ready to fly!

Technical Side…
TAWS Regulations Coming Soon


Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS) is an aircraft system intended to provide the flight crew with both aural and visual alerts to aid in preventing inadvertent controlled flight into terrain, obstacles, or water.


TAWS Class B:The Class B system provides a good level of protection at reasonable cost and will be required for private turbine-powered aeroplanes configured with 6 or more seats, excluding pilot/copilot. Soon to be mandatory on all commercial subpart 703 air taxi aeroplanes configured with 6 or more passenger seats, as well as Commuter subpart 704 Aeroplanes configured with 6 to nine passenger seats, both excluding pilot/copilot.


TAWS Class A:The Class A system provides the highest level of protection but it has a significantly higher cost than the Class B system. It will be required in Commuter subpart 704 Aeroplanes configured with 10 or more passenger seats, excluding pilot seats and in aeroplanes operating under subpart 705 for airline operations.

For detailed information, refer toTransport Canada.

Honeywell, Universal, Sandel and Garmin each manufacture TAWs systems that can be installed to meet these requirements. Maxcraft has close to ten years of experience installing TAWS systems and can help operators choose the system that best meets their needs.


Transport Canada recently (August 2011) published Advisory Circular # AC 600-002, informing operators on the current status and implementation dates of the Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS) regulations. Canadian TAWS regulations initially were proposed more than a decade ago to harmonize with FAA requirements, but were delayed by TC’s systemic inability to proceed with new initiatives. The new TAWs regulations are now expected to become law by the end of 2011. Compliance will be required within the following two years.

Maxcraft in Vegas!

Gambling? No, attending the NBAA!

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The National Business Aviation Association was our event of the month. Sending a few of our best, Steve and Daryl went for a couple days of informative talks and networking steeping themselves in aviation culture. Hitting the 64th annual and largest world aviation exhibition, they were among the 26,000 attendees!


NBAA Aircraft lineup

With top industry leaders abound, the NBAA was one the event of the season. For both Steve and Daryl, their belief is that the convention provides real value to the business aviation community. A value, that is inherent in providing a chance for industry players to see the latest new technology, meet with vendors, and build relationships through industry networking.

A portion of time spent was allotted for focus on in cabin internet connectivity, which caught their eyes in an environment full of the newest, latest and greatest of innovation.

NBAA trade show

With heaps of education material available on every innovation for the cockpit, along with people available to relate how the technology has influenced change, Steve and Daryl took as much in as they could, becoming a couple of necessarily informed industry players!Overall it was a successful and valuable trip.

Vendor Profile

About Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Their expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management, and simulation and training is delivered by 20,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries.


Since its founding as Collins Radio in 1933, Rockwell Collins and its products have been recognized for distinctive quality and state-of-the-art technology. Collins Radio Company, founded by Arthur Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, initially designed and produced short wave radio equipment. The company steadily grew, and captured the world’s attention when Collins supplied the equipment to establish a communications link with the South Pole expedition of Rear Admiral Richard Byrd in 1933.


Rockwell Collins-brand aircraft electronics are installed in the cockpits of nearly every airline in the world and its airborne and ground-based communication systems transmit nearly 70 percent of all U.S. and allied military airborne communication.

Who’s Who at Maxcraft?

Who is Patricia?

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Pat is our entire accounting department and entire human resources centre rolled into one. More importantly than that, however, she is our friend. While keeping the books in line, our timesheets on time, and our payroll in the bank, she somehow manages to listen to us and take the time to answer all of our questions.


Along with a natural aptitude for her job, Pat’s sixteen years at Maxcraft have allowed her to nurture a profound understanding of the business, inside and out. But what really keeps her going? We think it’s her great sense of humour.Originally hired simply to handle the accounting, Pat continues to bring so much more. Her infectious laugh rings through the building, bringing a smile to every one of her staff, whom she credits with being her favourite aspect of the job.


While Pat doesn’t fly (she isn’t interested), she does enjoy interacting with the many different people that find themselves associated with aircraft.


Pat does, however, know a lot about aircraft, having been in this business as long as she has. She knows the jargon, so don’t think you’re going to be able to out-talk her…


Singing or dancing for a living once attracted Pat, but her talent soon put an end to that, and although accounting seemed boring to her, it is what she went to school for, so she’s stuck with it now. Pat worked for a veterinarian for quite some time, a real estate company and then she discovered accounting wasn’t so boring after all when she moved to Maxcraft. The rest is history in the writing. We’re currently awaiting a resurgence of the singing and dancing. Bated breath…


Pat has been married, has had the kids and had the pets. That’s that; been there, got the tee-shirt and now she’s done. Pat loves the the life she now leads which includes enjoying time with her grandson and her best friend Holly.