Avionics News May 2012 - 33
Location: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil Number of Employees: 10 Employees involved in the project: Marco Szeligowski (lead technician) Bruno Basso (lead installer) Gabriel Bostelman (apprentice) Andre Trevizan (apprentice) Vitorio Alves (senior technician) Type of aircraft? Seneca III Piper PA34-220 assembled by Embraer in 1983 What was the objective of this project? The customer wanted a completely new avionics suite with Garmin’s equipment, including a new panel that should be unique.
This panel was fully removed with all its equipment and instruments.
When did the project begin? The aircraft arrived Oct. 1, 2011. When was it completed? It was delivered Jan. 30, 2012. What makes this project unique? This was the first time that we have removed all the avionics from one aircraft. From nose to tail, all equipment is new, including radar, GPS navigators, autopilot, TAS and dual PFD/MFDs. Did any problems occur while working on the project? The most difficult part was to cut a handmade panel from scratch, so we could accommodate everything without compromising the ease to use and the final look. The equipment interconnections also were challenging
because everything in this project is interconnected and some details are not clear in the installation manual. How were the problems resolved? Our experienced employee, Vitorio Alves, carefully measured all instrument and equipment spacing needed and hand cut a blank aluminum sheet to the final panel shape in approximately two weeks. The interconnection problems were solved after bench trials and support provided by the manufacturer through emails. Did you learn anything from the project? We always learn something in every installation, and we gathered a lot of knowledge about Garmin’s equipment interconnection. What was the customer’s response? The customer was astonished by the final result and decided to modify his Piper Turbo Arrow with the same equipment, which is already in progress. Additional Comments: This was a challenging project, but it proved that any aircraft can be retrofitted and overcome newer models. q
Eletronave made a new panel and installed two Garmin G600, GTN750, GTN650, GMA350, GTX327, GWX68, GTS800, Stec 55X Autopilot with yaw damper and two EDM700 engine monitoring systems.