Business & GA, CNS

Pacific Coast Avionics Completes Caravan Cockpit Upgrade

By Tish Drake | March 13, 2012


Pacific Coast Avionics Corp., located on Aurora State Airport in Aurora, Ore., completed a cockpit upgrade for three Cessna Caravans. The Caravans are owned and operated by Westwind Air which has a number of parachute jump schools located around the United States.

"Westwind Air keeps these airplanes busy and frequently moves them around the country for maximum utilization. They wanted a modern avionics suite in the airplanes to help accommodate their busy schedule and to provide added safety when repositioning the aircraft between school locations. Our technicians and installers worked with the customer to come up with just the right solution," said Dewey Conroy, vice president and chief operating officer of Pacific Coast Avionics.

The upgraded panels consist of dual screen Aspen Avionics EFIS Primary Flight Display (PFD)/Multifunction Display (MFD) systems, dual Garmin Mode S Transponders with Traffic Avoidance, a GNS-530W GPS/Nav/Com, and a Garmin-GMA 340 Audio Panel. The new avionics and existing instrumentation was all installed in a custom-designed, laser-engraved instrument panel. The panel upgrade package was identical for all three aircraft.

Pacific Coast Avionics is headquartered in a 14,000 square foot facility at Aurora State Airport which can accommodate a wide range of personal and business aircraft up to and including business jets. Pacific Coast Avionics is an FAA approved Repair Station, No. OPXR455L, Airframe and Class 1, 2 Limited Instrument.

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