Pacific Coast Avionics Completes Garmin Glass and Touchscreen Avionics Upgrade on a Piper Meridian

Dewey Conroy, vice president and COO, Pacific Coast Avionics, announced today that the company has completed a next-generation Garmin panel upgrade on a Piper PA-46-500TP Meridian turboprop.

Conroy said that the Meridian belongs to Darren Pleasance, who is the head of customer acquisition for Google. Mr. Pleasance uses his aircraft for both business and pleasure trips from his home base in San Jose, California throughout the U.S.

“Darren came to us with the goal of creating an avionics solution that would enable him to fully utilize his Meridian’s capabilities now and well into the future,” Conroy said. “The completed panel speaks for itself. Darren now has an airplane and an avionics suite that will permit him to operate in any airspace or weather with greater capabilities, situational awareness and safety.”

“From the first time I saw it, I knew it was everything I had hoped for in my panel upgrade,” Pleasance said. “Whether flying for business or pleasure, my Meridian has always been an excellent airplane, but now, I’d have to say, from an next-generation capabilities standpoint, its avionics are equal to its performance.”

Conroy explained that the Meridian’s all-new panel features:

• Dual Garmin G500 EFIS with Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT)

• Garmin GTN 750 touchscreen GPS/NAV/COM

• Garmin GTX 33/ES Mode S/ADS-B Transponder

• Garmin GDL 88 ADS-B Datalink Universal Access Transceiver (UAT)

• Garmin FlightStream 210 Bluetooth data streaming device

• Mid-Continent Instrument MD-302 SAM 3-in-1 Standby Attitude Module.

“From start to finish, the total project took six weeks,” Conroy said. “Along with a custom metal panel, we fabricated new wiring harnesses that integrated all the new avionics and displays with the aircraft’s original Meggitt digital engine displays, as well as other legacy equipment and sensors.”

“It’s not our first Piper Meridian panel, but it is the first time we’ve done one with dual Garmin 500 displays,” he said. “Everyone involved with Darren’s Meridian upgrade is extremely proud of the way the panel turned out. It’s a really something special.”

FL Technics Partners with B&H Worldwide to Double the Pace of its Global Parts Deliveries

FL Technics has announced the start of a new cooperation with B&H Worldwide, a market leader in the aviation parts logistics industry. Under the cooperation, FL Technics will expand its London-based aircraft spare parts stock and hopes to reduce the time of delivery by half.

With the main warehouse in Lithuania, FL Technics manages a wide range of aircraft spare part stock located in the UK, Malaysia, Poland, Russia and the USA. The cooperation agreement with B&H Worldwide will provide FL Technics with additional warehousing capacities as well as inventory inspection and customs clearance support. The extended  London-based stock will include up to 1500 part numbers, covering new and overhauled spare parts, consumables, rotables and PMA-parts for Airbus A320, Boeing 737 CL/NG and other aircraft types. The delivery time of all the aforementioned parts will be twice as fast as of those located at FL Technics’ Lithuanian base.

“The cooperation with B&H Worldwide reflects our commitment to continuously develop the scope of our spare parts support. Situated in a major global logistical hub, the extended London-based stock will allow us to deliver required parts with a double pace, which is particularly important in AOG situations as well as PBH customers,” shares Aldas Juronis, head of Components and Materials Sales Dep. at FL Technics. “Without any doubt, from now on both UK and Lithuanian warehouses will represent our main spare parts capabilities. We anticipate the strategic location of the stock will help us to reach new customers and partners both within Europe and outside it.”

B&H Worldwide CEO Stuart Allen added: “From a logistics point of view, positioning the FL Technics stock in our facility at London Heathrow makes perfect sense. FL Technics is now in a position to leverage Heathrow’s unparalleled range of direct flights and therefore we will significantly reduce transit times to Europe, the Americas and Asia. We are very confident about the logistics efficiencies this cooperation agreement will bring to FL Technics and their customers.”

FL Technics Spare Parts