Avionics News March 2017 - 26
Century Avionics' team includes experienced installations and maintenance engineers, technicians, support staff and certification engineers.
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systems. As manufacturers introduce new avionics
systems, Century Avionics will continue to enhance staff
training and knowledge, too.
"We are committed to ongoing training programs,
whether in-house or third-party, to keep our staff abreast
of the latest technologies and developments, from stores
and logistics to the most qualified engineer," van Zyl said.
"Superior product knowledge is one of the most important
aspects of successful service to the industry. The integrity
of the staff and building relationships, inside and outside
of our company, enhance the experience of Century
Avionics' support and service."
This year, Century Avionics will add CNC machines
built by Cilliers to allow for the fabrication of custom
"We saw the benefit of computer-aided cutting due
to OEMs already providing DXP files with dimensions
programmed," said Cilliers, a qualified and licensed
aircraft maintenance engineer with 28 years of experience
in aviation. "The advantage of using inexpensive materials
before the final product is cut saves on time and material,
and ensures a quality-first panel. If the customer should
still want to make changes, another panel can be cut
within a few minutes. We are hugely excited about this
project and about adding this service under one roof."
Cilliers, who joined Century Avionics in 1998, shares
his passion for building by creating the majority of the
company's wooden and steel furniture, including desks,
workbenches, boardroom tables, shelving and Perspex
demo consoles used at air shows.
In 2017, Century Avionics will use its expertise beyond
helping corporate and private operators. The service center
plans to step up its support for wildlife conservation and
anti-poaching efforts in South Africa, where 90 percent
of Africa's rhinos live. On average, one rhino is killed
every seven hours, according to Flying for Rhino and
Conservation, a South Africa-based nonprofit organization
started by pilots and conservationists. In 2016, Century
Avionics participated in the David Clark program to
donate DC One-X headsets to the organization.
With all of the pieces in place, the owners look forward
to the future for Century Avionics.
"We are reaching to higher heights dedicated
to customers' avionics requirements, visions and
aspirations," van Zyl said. "No challenge is too great
for our team of vastly experienced installations and
maintenance engineers and technicians." q