Refurb of the Month: Kitchener Aero's 208 Re-Do
For every "after" photo of an aircraft refurb, there's a "before" photo to match, and this time, we're showing just such a pair from Kitchener Aero Avionics, a well-known shop in Canada.
To be fair, the "before" panel isn't too shabby. With a Bendix/King HSI and a Garmin GNS530/430 pair in the stack, you could find your way around in the clouds without too much stress. But for a turboprop working airplane, the panel is somewhat dated.
Kitchener's upgrade package for the Caravan centers around an Aspen EFD-1000C3 PFD, along with Class B TAWS. The Aspen replaces the gyros that formally drove the KFC150/225 autopilot, making for a more reliable system that should require less maintenance. The Aspen units are now fully compatiable with older KFC-150 autopilots and well as newer KFC-225 systems.
Kitchener's Barry Aylward told AVweb that with the addition of Class B TAWs, the system is fully compliant with the enhanced altitude accuracy TAWs requirement by Transport Canada. You can find out more at KitchenerAero.com.
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