Freedom From TSO Regs Allow A Plethora Of Features
Thousands of their audio panels have
been installed in homebuilt and experimental aircraft over the
years... but the folks at PS Engineering are now taking direct aim
at the market, with the company's new PMA9000EX.
Because strict adherence to TSO limitations is not required, PS
Engineering took a new approach in the product development stage.
In essence, the company tells ANN, management let the engineers
loose... and they came up some exciting new capabilities.
As the name implies, the PMA9000EX was specifically developed
and will be exclusively manufactured and marketed to the homebuilt
experimental aircraft and the Light Sport Aircraft industry.
A backlit Liquid Crystal Graphics Display provides a human
interface. Data such as selected radio audio sources, titles of the
MP3 songs, stuck mic warnings, as well as a host of audio panel
configurations are all displayed on a high-contrast, sunlight
Their trademarked front panel utility jack acts as either an
iPod input, cellular telephone input, or as the USB port for the
onboard MP3 player. This USB port allows the pilot/crew/passengers
to download their favorite music from a memory stick directly into
the onboard 512 MB memory, providing many hours of continuous music
The Bluetooth interface eliminates the wire clutter that used to
be necessary to interconnect telephones.
A number of pilot selectable audio panel, and other
configurations, are now available using the Data Knob and the
Graphics Display. Pilots can select from a myriad number of
configuration to have the intercom work just the way they want.
The PMA9000EX keeps all of the capabilities of the PMA8000B,
including the sought after IntelliVox automatic VOX system that
eliminates squelch knobs and makes conversation easy. Also included
is the Internal Recording System (IRS ). It is plug and play
compatible with the GARMIN GMA340.
The PMA9000EX will be available for sale at this year's Oshkosh
AirVenture with a list price of $2395.