Avionics News January 2016 - 36
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AÉRO TEKNIC INC.
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Innovative retrofit panels
for Cessna pistons
Along with his maintenance
and avionics business, Gosselin
has created a robust research and
development arm to fill niche
needs in a variety of markets. From
custom instrument panels for singleengine Cessnas to a tracking and
monitoring system for flight schools
to a proprietary targeting system for
legacy fighter jets, Gosselin's team
helps customers solve problems.
The company's upper and lower
panel kits replace the aging plastic
panels of older Cessna pistons.
"Our designs are rather unique,"
Gosselin said. "We make the panels
in a sort of a puzzle design so you
can replace the lower panel plastic
with a nice, new laser-cut, powdercoated, aluminum, silk-screened
panel without removing the engine
controls or the ventilation controls.
Whether you have damaged plastic
overlays or want to update the panel
to the modern look and feel of a
metal instrument panel, you can
choose from one of our off-the-shelf
designs or we can custom build it for
you. Our pricing is competitive and,
in many cases, the installation is an
easy, do-it-yourself project."
About 95 percent of the company's
panels are sold to U.S. aircraft
owner-operators and AEA member
shops, according to Gosselin.
Tracking and monitoring
for flight schools
Prompted by a flight school
looking for a way to monitor
student use of rental aircraft,
Gosselin designed a new tracking
and monitoring system. The system
launched at EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh in 2010.
"It's called Wi-Flight," Gosselin
said. "It's a general aviation cockpit
voice recorder and flight data recorder
system based on a smartphone that
runs the Linux operating system.
It's tied into the intercom system,
the built-in GPS and built-in
accelerometer, and it records the
aircraft's position and the ambient
audio and pilot audio. We can even
derive engine RPMs through audio
analysis. It's unique. After the flight,
the aircraft automatically connects to
a Wi-Fi access point and transfers the
Aéro Teknic's software analyzes
the data, determining location,
altitude and other aircraft and flight
information. If it detects restricted
airspace violations or low-level
buzzing, the system automatically
sends out email alerts.
"We're looking for the needles in the
haystack and emailing the operator,"
Gosselin said. "They can click on the
link and see a virtual synthetic vision
playback with the audio and moving
map of the entire flight."
Modern targeting for
legacy fighter jets
One of Aéro Teknic's largest
customers is Discovery Air Defence
Services, a Montreal, Quebec-based