Avionics News February 2017 - 49
1434 Ironwood St., Suite 376
Campbell River, BC V9W 5T5
WHAT THEY DO: Skye Avionics is a Transport
Canada-approved maintenance organization
that sells, installs and services avionics for
rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. It also designs
and manufactures aviation-related equipment.
FOUNDED: 2006 by
Ryan and Cathi Evans
AEA MEMBER SINCE: 2009
Skye Avionics revived this workhorse for its customer, a logging company. Technicians completely rewired the McDonnell Douglas Helicopter MD 500
and installed a BendixKing KY 196A transceiver, Garmin GTX 327 Mode C digital transponder, ACK A-30 altitude encoder, Kannad 406 AF-Compact
ELT and a Technisonic TFM-138 FM transceiver.
portable radio to Cobham Aerospace's new Flexcomm
RT-7000 panel-mount tactical radio. The radio, which
released in January 2017, is designed for a variety
of public safety missions such as law enforcement,
emergency medical services, fire suppression, border
patrol, search and rescue, electronic news gathering, and
The interface is Skye Avionics' second product,
following the company's rugged, ergonomic drop cords,
which debuted in January 2007. CNC-machined out of
aluminum, the drop cords are laser engraved and hard
anodized to resist scratching. The cords feature a volume
control and long-life switches.
"We used our experience with helicopter operators
and the knowledge we've gained over the last 20 years
to design drop cords that can take the abuse that they're
given and keep on working," Evans said.
Skye Avionics manufactures both the Flexcomm RT-
7000 interface and the drop cords at its shop at Campbell
River Airport, four hours northwest of Vancouver.
In addition, the service center holds STCs engineered
in-house for a Bell 407 Check Instrument Warning
System and MD500 LED Start Pump Modification. The
Bell 407 Check Instrument Warning System alerts pilots
to an imminent exceedance, monitoring Ng, MGT and
TRQ indicators. The warning system is ideal for long
line missions, helicopter emergency medical services,
and tactical operations, according to Evans.
Skye Avionics' STC for the MD500 LED Start Pump
Modification replaces the OEM start pump light with an
LED, making the part more durable and cost-efficient.
"The LED light is less susceptible to breakage, and it's
quick and easy to install," he said.
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