Monday, May 13, 2013

 Pacific COAST AVIONICS completes garmin glassand touchscreen avionics upgrade on a Piper Meridian


New-generation custom panel upgrade includes dual Garmin G500 EFISunits,
 GTN 750 touchscreen GPS/COM/NAV and GDL88 ADS-B UAT.


Portland, OR (August 03, 2015)  — Dewey Conroy, Vice President and COO,Pacific Coast Avionics, announced today that the company has completed anext-generation Garmin panel upgrade on a Piper PA-46-500TP Meridian turboprop.


Conroy said that the Meridian belongs to Darren Pleasance,who is the head of customer acquisition for Google. Mr. Pleasance uses hisaircraft for both business and pleasure trips from his home base in San Jose,California throughout the U.S.


“Darren came to us with the goal of creating an avionicssolution that would enable him to fully utilize his Meridian’s capabilities nowand well into the future,” Conroy said. “The completed panel speaks for itself.Darren now has an airplane and an avionics suite that will permit him to operatein any airspace or weather with greater capabilities, situational awareness andsafety.”


“From the first time I saw it, I knew it was everything Ihad hoped for in my panel upgrade,” Pleasance said. “Whether flying forbusiness or pleasure, my Meridian has always been an excellent airplane, butnow, I’d have to say, from an next-generation capabilities standpoint, itsavionics are equal to its performance.”


Conroy explained that the Meridian’s all-new panel features:

• Dual Garmin G500 EFIS with Synthetic Vision Technology(SVT)

• Garmin GTN 750 touchscreen GPS/NAV/COM

• Garmin GTX 33/ES Mode S/ADS-B Transponder

• Garmin GDL 88 ADS-B Datalink Universal Access Transceiver(UAT)

• Garmin FlightStream 210 Bluetooth data streaming device

• Mid-Continent Instrument MD-302 SAM 3-in-1 StandbyAttitude Module.


“From start to finish, the total project took six weeks,”Conroy said. “Along with a custom metal panel, we fabricated new wiringharnesses that integrated all the new avionics and displays with the aircraft’soriginal Meggitt digital engine displays, as well as other legacy equipment andsensors.”


“It’s not our first Piper Meridian panel, but it is thefirst time we’ve done one with dual Garmin 500 displays,” he said. “Everyoneinvolved with Darren’s Meridian upgrade is extremely proud of the way the panelturned out. It’s a really something special.”



About Pacific Coast Avionics

Founded in 1991, and located at Aurora State Airport, justsouth of Portland Oregon, Pacific Coast Avionics is a major supplier of avionics, instruments, and pilot supplies tocustomers worldwide, and represents all major manufacturers by providing sales,service and installation support. Its 14,000 square foot facility canaccommodate a wide range of aircraft up to and including business jets. PacificCoast Avionics is an FAA approved Repair Station, No. OPXR455L, Class 1, 2/LimitedInstrument. For a copy of the PCA catalog or for more information, visit:



Media Contact:

Dewey Conroy

VP President/COO

Pacific Coast Avionics




Dale Smith

Media Relations Representative


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