Avionics News February 2013 - 72
Tech Aero Avionics LLC
The project began with a typical patch-work panel that had been
modified throughout time.
Location: Denton, Texas
When was it completed?
July 30, 2012
Employees involved in
Donald Ballew (installer)
Trevor Smith (avionics manager)
Type of aircraft:
1975 Cessna 210L
What was the objective
of this project?
To nestle the latest avionics technology into a modern and efficiently redesigned instrument panel.
When did the project begin?
June 18, 2012
What makes this project unique?
This was the first time we removed
and replaced the lower plastic
panels with custom powder-coated
and laser-engraved metal panels.
Did any problems occur while
working on the project?
Halfway through the project, the
customer said he had booked a vacation to Alaska, which gave us a hard
deadline. Otherwise, it was a smooth
install. The day after we finished the
project, the customer was on his way
to Alaska in the airplane.
The team designed and installed a custom powder-coated and laser-engraved instrument
panel for the Centurion. Then, Garmin’s G500, GTN750, GMA35, GTX32, GAD43 and
GDL69A were added, along with installing a JPI EDM-930 engine monitor.
How was the problem resolved?
By working longer hours and weekends to meet the customer’s needs.
Did you learn anything
from this project?
When there are challenging deadlines to meet, have a backup plan.
Some vendors don’t understand the
sense of urgency required.
What was the customer’s response?
The customer was extremely satisfied
with the overall outcome.
Our team worked closely with the
customer in order to transform his
thoughts and ideas into the finished