Avionics News May 2012 - 29
Brothers and business partners, Tom Hass (left) and Tim Hass.
employees. The plan was to keep manufacturing in Utah lo, Bendix-King and Trimble. “It uses a switching relay until they could move it to Minnesota “at our leisure,” between the HSI and Nav 1; it has a DME interface and Hass said. “We did that for a few months until, if you a lot of other stuff,” Hass said. “The Pro-G came along can believe it, a tornado hit Provo.” One of the few cawhen the Garmin 430 came out. It is compatible with sualties, the storm struck just three days after EAA Airjust about any electronic component that communicates Venture in Oshkosh, Wis., Tim added. “We had a pocket via RS-232. It has integrated switching, so it didn’t need full of orders, so it got moved” in a matter of days. as big a board and as many connectors.” There was room in the two-story, 20-by-30-foot shop Shortly after moving production to Park Rapids, AFS attached to the hangar Park Rapids Avionics leases from earned Federal Aviation Administration parts manufacthe city, but it didn’t last long. turer approval for the ProAFS needed its own space. It G. Then, it replaced it in was contemplating the con2007, with the Pro-X hub, struction of a separate strucalso PMA’d. Designed by ture when three nondescript Approach Fast Stack, it is blue metal buildings came up electronic flight instrument for sale at an industrial park system centric and will conjust north of the Park Rapids nect almost anything flying Municipal Airport/Konshok today. Roughly half of the Field. AFS builds hubs and 5,000 hubs AFS has sold are harnesses in the largest, and aftermarket installations in two local businesses rent the certificated airplanes. Since others as warehouses. 1998, American Champion The Pro hub accommoAircraft has used them on The Park Rapids Avionics crew starts its day dates most legacy boxes still by moving the day’s work into place. Continued on following page flying today, including Apolavionics news