Pacific Coast Avionics, based in Aurora, Ore., was awarded a contract for custom panel upgrades for three DeHavilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otters operated by TAC Air out of Coronado, Calif. The Twin Otters are utilized for jump flights and jump training by both civilian and military customers.
"Since these aircraft are used primarily in a local flight environment, the emphasis was placed on safety of flight rather than more sophisticated long range navigation. The install package for these aircraft is indicative of our ability to match the equipment to the mission and provide the customer with the best value for his upgrade investment," said Dewey Conroy, vice president and chief operating officer of Pacific Coast Avionics.
The install package is standardized for all three aircraft and includes the Aspen Avionics Evolution 2000 Dual Screen EFIS; Garmin GNS-530W GPS/Nav/Com; Garmin GMA-340 Audio Panel; Dual Garmin GTX-327 Mode C Transponders; and Avidyne TAS-620 Traffic System.
Commenting further, Conroy added, "We successfully integrated the new avionics with the existing avionics that remained in the panel and provided all the necessary interfaces with other instruments. In addition, the customer took advantage of our capabilities for CAD panel design, panel cutting, powder coating, and laser engraving to make the panel as new as possible."