April 8, 2010
By Dave Hirschman
PS Engineering introduced a new, FAA-certified audio panel at the Aircraft Electronics Association annual convention in Orlando, Fla. Known as the PMA8000B–T, the audio panel is equipped with Bluetooth, cell phone connections, and a "monitor" mode that automatically mutes the standby frequency whenever someone transmits on the primary frequency.
The PMA8000B–T has a retail price of $2,095.
“I’m an active pilot, and it’s incredible how useful the monitor frequency is when flying IFR,” said Mark Scheuer, founder of the 25-year-old company based in eastern Tennessee.
PS Engineering makes audio panels for the Experimental aircraft market that sell for $995 and FAA-certified versions that start at $1,095.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
From the NBAA convention in Orlando, a look at some new aircraft that are actually flying. NTSB chairman worries about automation causing a lack of professionalism and diminishing safety. Controlling the aircraft with the sound of your voice.
Nextant Aerospace, adding a remanufactured King Air to its remanufactured Hawker 400 offering, says the King Air (Nextant G90XT) will fly early next year.
Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of airports and state advocacy, brought Indiana aviation community members up to date on the association’s initiatives.
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