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Shadin Avionics Announces Cessation of MINIFLO-L

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Shadin Avionics has announced the impending retirement of its Miniflo-L digital fuel management system ahead of a newer, better product. 

The Miniflo-L is one of 3 similar cockpit indicators made by the company, and its siblings, the Digiflo-L and Microflo-L will stay in production. Shadin is careful to assuage any worries about product support going forward, reassuring customers that their Part 145 Repair Station will support the discontinued product for "years to come". 

The Miniflo-L is an understandable product to replace, looking back. Launched in 1984, its technology has been superseded multiple times during the inevitable march of a marketplace moving towards lighter, more compact, more refined digital systems. The Miniflo-L was a solid entry into the fuel management system segment in its time, connecting the information feeds for engine fuel flow and a Loran-C or GPS receiver. That capability was impressively advanced for the time, allowing the merging of navigational data like ground speed, distance, and estimated time enroute with more accurate, up to the minute fuel burn. The Miniflo-L also integrated with the commonplace navigation systems of the day, familiar names to those who remember GA flight panels before the 430 or G1000. Compatibility with the Bendix/King KLN-88, KLN-90, Garmin and Avidyne GPS navigation receivers, allowed for additional calculations, if supported. 

Shadin sees a future that will require even more finely-tuned and accurized equipment, as fuel sources change, as electric systems grow, and fuel burn is optimized to squeeze every last bit of power more efficiently. Paige Nygaard said the Miniflo-L has been wonderful, but it's time to cede the stage to something new. "Shadin is constantly evolving to meet the needs and challenges of the market. Shadin’s  history will always be rooted in fuel flow systems, but the retirement of the Miniflo-L is necessary to usher in the next generation of exciting avionics products." 



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