Three de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otters operated by Tac Air out of Coronado, Calif., are getting a new outlook on life thanks to Pacific Coast Avionics. The Aurora, Ore. company has a contract to design and install custom panels and a new avionics system. The aircraft are used for civilian and military jump training.
Dewey Conroy, Pacific Coast Avionics’ v-p and COO, said, “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.”
The package is standardized for all three aircraft and includes Aspen Avionics Evolution 2000 dual-screen EFIS; Garmin GNS 530W GPS navcom; Garmin GMA 340 audio panel; dual Garmin GTX 327 mode-C transponders; and an Avidyne TAS-620 traffic system. The upgrade per aircraft costs $65,000 and takes four weeks to accomplish.
“The emphasis of this system is greater situational awareness and flight status information for the pilot,” Conroy told AIN.