PS Engineering offers free installation on upgrades

Aircraft owners with a GMA340 audio selector panel can upgrade to one of the PMA8000 series audio panels without installation labor costs, thanks to a limited time offer.

Vice President Gary Picou said, “We understand that the cost of flying is ever increasing, and pilots are being pinched from many directions. In an effort to help aircraft owners get the most out of their airplane, on each of their flights, and to keep out of pocket costs to a minimum, we’ve decided to the labor portion of theGMA340 to PMA8000-series audio panel upgrade.”

PMA8000B This upgrade offers pilots:

  • Monitor Mode
  • Front Panel Music input
  • Front panel cellular telephone input
  • Four music muting modes
  • IntelliVox® automatic intercom squelch
  • Radio recorder

The “Monitor Mode” allows the pilot to select one Com as the primary radio while the other becomes the secondary. When the primary radio becomes active, the audio panel mutes the secondary radio, allowing uninterrupted ATC communications.

A continuous loop digital recorder allows instant play back of radio messages, helping to identify if the call was for them and what instructions were given, ultimately reducing the number of times a pilot has to ask “Say Again?”

A cellular telephone interface comes standard with the PMA8000B, thanks to the front panel utility jack. You can place calls to ATC while on the ground with the engine running, and get your IFR clearance through your phone, company officials said. With the PMA8000BT (pictured below), the Bluetooth wireless connection eliminates all wires cluttering the cockpit.

PMA8000BT The PMA8000 series has PS Engineering’s automatic intercom squelch protocol known as IntelliVox. This system eliminates adjustments of knobs and ensures proper setting of the intercom trip levels for each of the microphones. This patented system works to optimize the VOX circuits, making clipping syllables a thing of the past, company officials said.

Music has become integral to the enjoyment of flight. That is why the PMA8000 series not only has hi-fi quality stereo music but offers a front panel utility jack that accepts most music devices and audio advisory inputs from portable devices. Volume of the music input is controlled through front panel buttons as well as the selection of several music distribution modes.

The PMA8000-series now provides four different music muting modes. By pressing the “Mute” button, the pilot can select Mute On, Mute Off, Intercom Mute, and Radio Mute. In addition, the pilot can enjoy listening to music even in Isolate intercom mode.

The Bluetooth integrated system available in PMA8000BT allows wireless connections to Smartphones, iPhones, iPods, iPads, or practically any other Bluetooth enabled device. Not only does this eliminate wire clutter but it also provides a seamless interface to smart phone functions.

The Plug and Play – No Pay Program starts Nov. 1, and ends Feb. 29, 2012. By purchasing and having the upgrade performed by a participating PS Engineering dealer, PS Engineering pays the installation labor costs associated with the plug-and-play upgrade from a GMA340 audio panel. (For participating US-based PS Engineering dealers only).

The list price on the PMA8000B is $1,895, and the PMA8000BT, with Bluetooth connectivity, is $2,095.

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