For Immediate Release: May 16, 2014
AMI Aviation Services, LLC
AeroMech Awarded STC for Garmin G950 System in a Beechcraft 1900D
SANFORD, FL (May 16, 2014) – AeroMech Incorporated received supplemental type certification (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its Garmin G950 System upgrade for the Beechcraft 1900D. AeroMech’s wholly owned subsidiary, AMI Aviation Services, LLC will install the G950 retrofit at its Orlando Sanford International Airport facility as well as distribute the STC to qualified Garmin dealers as part of a complete FAA PMA kit designed to minimize downtime. This upgrade removes the end-of-life factory installed EFIS 84 system, legacy navigation and communication radios, as well as other analog instrumentation, and replaces it with a modern, proven and affordable fully integrated three-display Garmin G950 System and all new wiring. The G950 System, similar to the G1000® System but without Garmin autopilot integration, significantly reduces maintenance costs and provides a completely new level of situational awareness, enhanced capabilities, adaptability to new technology, and increased dispatch reliability.
“Operators and their maintenance crews now have a viable go-forward plan to replace obsolete and end of life cockpit displays and avionics with an extremely cost effective, fully warranted, all glass solution that many of today’s pilots have previously trained with or flown at some point in their career,” said Dave Doucette, President of AMI Aviation. “As an added benefit, the upgrade saves approximately 250 pounds that now can be used for an extra passenger, more fuel, or cargo. I would like to thank our partners, SEARCA, Garmin, and AeroMech, for working together with AMI to bring this solution to market.”
SEARCA S. A. (SRC), the premier charter airline of Colombia, played a key role in this STC project as a partner and as the launch customer with an initial order for sixteen (16) Beech 1900D G950 retrofit kits. Additionally, SEARCA provided the prototype certification aircraft together with operational support and maintenance during the time the aircraft was undergoing the modification. SEARCA, a Garmin dealer, is currently the only authorized G1000/G950 installation facility in Colombia, and will retrofit its own fleet in Bogotá, Colombia, at its own certified full service facility. Over fifteen years of complex avionics retrofit experience, makes SEARCA the best and only qualified option for Beech 1900D G950 retrofit in Latin America for potential clients. In addition, “as the largest B1900D operator in South America, this cockpit upgrade will allow SEARCA to have the best equipped 1900D fleet in the market, increase the resale value of the aircraft, and continue to improve the safety which is the major goal of our operation” said Capt. Jorge Campillo, SEARCA’s President.
AMI Aviation Services, LLC, an AeroMech company, is an FAA part 145 Repair Station with PMA specializing in the design, fabrication, kitting, installation, and repair of complex aircraft electrical harnesses and avionics systems. Experienced on commercial, military and general aviation aircraft, the firm’s repair station Operations Specifications allow AMI to install and repair avionics systems in most fixed or rotary-wing aircraft at its hangar on the Orlando Sanford International Airport (KSFB) or offsite. Drawing on its relationship with AeroMech Incorporated, an FAA STC ODA and industry leader in aircraft engineering and certification services, AMI provides comprehensive and intelligent aviation solutions to its customers worldwide, including projects such as this 1900D cockpit retrofit. “SEARCA and AMI, both G950/G1000 qualified dealers, were the only Garmin dealers intimately involved in the G950 STC design process and prototype installation and customers would be well served by bringing their aircraft to the experts. Between SEARCA’s facility in Bogotá, Colombia, and AMI’s site at Orlando Sanford International Airport, our combined focus now is to ensure 1900D operators who are ready to upgrade do not have to wait,” said Paul Vermast, AMI’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Standard Garmin Equipment:
- Three-Screen Garmin G950 Systems:
- Dual 10.4" Primary Flight Displays
- 15" Multi-Function Display with Engine Indicating System
- Dual integrated radio modules providing WAAS-certified GPS with LPV, VHF Nav with ILS, and VHF comm with 25kHz or 8.33 kHz spacing
- Dual Attitude Heading and Reference System
- Dual Air Data Computers
- Dual Audio Panels with Intercom
- Dual Flight Director display
- FMS Controller with Alpha/Numeric Keypad
- Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS-A)
- Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS I) with dual, quad-pole antennas
- ADS-B "Out" Compliant, Dual Extended Squitter Mode S Transponders that meets current EASA elementary and enhanced surveillance requirements.
- Solid-State Doppler Weather Radar with 12" Antenna, Automatic Tilt Compensation, and Pulse Compression Technology
- Interface to existing ADF 462, DME 42 and ALT 55B radar altimeter
Optional Garmin Equipment:
- TCAS II including Resolution Advisories, Dual High-Power Extended Squitter Transponders, Dual Diversity Antennas (available 3rd quarter, 2014)
- Radar Altimeter
- XM Weather & XM Radio Receiver for in-cockpit weather information. (North America Coverage and Availability)
- Iridium Satellite Receiver for in-cockpit (Global) Weather, Voice, and Text Messaging to any compatible phone or email address Worldwide (available 3rd quarter, 2014)
- Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT™)
About AeroMech Incorporated
AeroMech Incorporated, an FAA STC ODA, specializes in aircraft engineering and certification services, including RVSM, for aircraft OEMs, modification shops, and owner/operators. Since its inception in 1995, AeroMech has completed over 175 STCs, 450 flight-tests, and successfully certified more than 7,500 commercial, military and business aircraft through 19 regulatory agencies worldwide. For more information, visit www.aeromechinc.com or contact AeroMech at 425.252.3236.
About AMI Aviation Services, LLC
AMI Aviation Services, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AeroMech Incorporated, is an FAA part 145 Repair Station with Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) specializing in the design, fabrication, kitting, installation, modification, and repair of complex aircraft electrical harnesses and avionics systems. Experienced on commercial, military and general aviation aircraft, the firm’s repair station operations specifications allow AMI Aviation to install and repair avionics systems in most fixed or rotary-wing aircraft at its hangar on the Orlando /Sanford International Airport (KSFB) or offsite with no geographical limitation utilizing its “go teams”. For more information, visit www.amiaviation.com or contact AMI Aviation at 407.585.6130.
Servicio Aereo de Capurgana – SEARCA S.A., based in Bogota, Colombia with additional operations in Medellin, Barranquilla and San Andres Islas, is Colombia’s largest operator, providing total national and regional coverage, serving government agencies, oil and energy companies working in Colombia, as well as several airlines and tourism industry operators. SEARCA’s fleet consists of 25 turboprops - 19 passenger aircraft, 5 Hawker 400A’s and a Gulfstream G200. SEARCA S.A., an approved repair station and engineering/maintenance service provider, performs high level maintenance for its own fleet and for 3rd party operators, including Garmin Integrated Flight Deck retrofits, up to the G1000 system. For more information, visit www.searca.com.co, or contact SEARCA Engineering Department at +1 (305) 280 6256 or +57 1 413 9315 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at http://www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin, G1000 and SafeTaxi are registered trademarks and G950, ChartView and SVT are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
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