Flightcraft Instrument Panels
Originally published October 1995
The program for our meeting was Mr. Gary Picou from Flightcraft
in Portland, Oregon. (For more info call 1-800-547-9307) Gary
was formerly the editor of 'Avionics Review' magazine doing consumer
testing of avionics of all types. Gary has been working for Flightcraft
for several years. Here are some of the tidbits Gary had for us.
- Flightcraft can deliver instrument/avionics panels in a very
timely manner. They have more resources available to them than
most homebuilders and do superb work. They stock most components
needed for each panel.
- Most manufacturers will honor warranties if the panel is built
by Flightcraft, they may not if the builder puts the panel together
him- or her- self.
- Flightcraft panels are modular using industry standard components.
One of the first parts of an aircraft seen by a visitor admiring
your new homebuilt is the cockpit and panel. This is one place
that can really make a first impression. Flightcraft products
are first class.
- Gary gave us the plusses and minuses of LORAN, GPS, RNAV,
Transponders, Autopilots, DME, Antennae and Intercoms.
- The process starts with the customer choosing the avionics
to install. Then Flightcraft collects the money and orders everything.
They start building the panel about 10 weeks prior to the customer's
need date. Once completed, they bench check it and burn everything
in to prevent 'infant mortality' problems. Then the panel is shipped
to the customer.
- They'll do anything from a simple VFR panel to a full-blown
- Flightcraft also offers 9.8% financing for these products
- Some up and coming avionics could be manufactured by Becker,
ICOM, and Garmin. All of them could give Bendix/King a run for
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