Eliminating unnecessary capabilities helps to reduce the cost of PS Engineering‘s new PDA360EX uncertified audio panel.
“The average homebuilder does not need Marker Beacon Receiver, cockpit speaker amplifier or use of more than a four-seat intercom,” says PS Engineering Founder and CEO Mark Scheuer.
The PDA360EX processes audio from multiple com radios and allows the pilot to place Com 1 and Com 2 audio in nine (9) unique positions within a stereo headset. IntelliAudio helps the pilot to listen to the radio of importance while ignoring the other.
Scheuer likens the technology to, “being at a cocktail party, one can pay attention to one conversation while ignoring the others that don’t pertain to them.”
IntelliVox, PS Engineering’s auto-squelch eliminates the need for intercom squelch controls by discerning if audio presented to the microphones is voice or noise. If it’s voice, it opens up instantaneously, if it’s noise, the VOX remains closed.
The audio panel also provides caller ID, cell phone battery status, plus front panel control of both sidetone and volume control via Bluetooth. The pilot can answer the phone by pressing the “Answer” button on the PDA360EX.
To accommodate the proliferation of smartphones and tablets in the cockpit, the PDA360EX has a built-in 10 Watt USB Smart charger. The PDA360EX is plug-and-play with the PMA5000EX and the Garmin GMA240.
List price of the PDA360EX is $2,095 and units are available immediately from authorized PS Engineering dealers.