Today’s homebuilder, already facing a balance between price and performance for avionics, is now confronting a new dilemma: Lack of panel space. Thanks to the popularity of ever-larger “glass cockpit” MFD and PFD displays, available panel space is being gobbled up quickly. To solve this, PS Engineering has released the PAC15EX (pictured above), with initial offering of this integrated audio system by GRT Avionics.
The GRT HXr electronic flight instrumentation system features a 10.4″ or 12.1″ screen. More buttons also means a flatter menu structure, meaning pilots can access more functions with fewer button pushes, including autopilot, navigation, and screen view controls. In addition to the PAC15EX audio panel/intercom, the HXr is capable of controlling several models of transponders and other devices through its remote interface.
According to PS-Engineering vice-president, Gary Picou, “With the audio panel mounted out of the way, GRT’s flat user-menu gives the pilot all of the capabilities of a panel mounted audio panel without that precious panel space being used, or multiple menu pages being viewed.”
The PAC15EX is sold by GRT Avionics and is exclusive to the homebuilt/experimental/Light Sport Aviation market. Its features and capabilities includes the company’s four-place hi-fi stereo IntelliVox intercom, wired telephone interface, two stereo music input changes, and the ability to place the audio panel into split mode, a function that can help off-load some pilot radio communications work.