January 28, 2010
By Ian J. Twombly
PS Engineering is expanding its line of audio panels for experimental aircraft and light sport aircraft with its new PMA5000EX. The audio panel sits squarely in the middle of the company’s offerings, bridging the gap between high-end features and low cost.
The PMA5000EX includes IntelliVOX, the company’s automatic squelch system. It also has a four-place intercom, and supports two communication radios, two navigation radios, and two auxiliary connections for things such as alarms. The unit also has a front-mounted jack for music connection, cell phones, and other devices. Finally, the unit offers the capability to split the communications between front and rear seat passengers, as well as muting functions for each.
PS Engineering said that by eliminating the need for certification, and the cost of a marker beacon receiver, it is able to offer the PMA5000EX for $995. The new unit will be available beginning in early February.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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