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PS Engineering Team with L3-Communications to Bring IntelliVoxt to Smartdeck!

PS Engineering teams with L-3 to bring IntelliVOX(r) to SmartDeck(r) Hartford, CT AOPA Expo. - PS Engineering is pleased to announce a partnership with L-3 Communications Avionics Systems to provide the audio control panel for use in their new SmartDeck(r) Integrated Flight Controls and Display System. The PMA8000L-3 is derived from the company's flagship PMA8000-series, and incorporates the same front panel styling as SmartDeck, with design elements provided by L-3.

"Our partnership started years ago with the idea of teaming in order to provide the best audio system for L-3's customers." said PS Engineering founder Mark Scheuer, "Because both companies are industry leaders, it was logical to bring the two companies together for a common goal, to provide an intuitive approach to audio control and provide a system that exceeds the pilot's requirements. The audio panel was one part of SmartDeck that L-3 could check off as complete and concentrate their efforts into the rest of the product line. From what we saw at the NBAA introduction, L-3's efforts are spectacular, and we are proud of our association with them."

"L-3 has a long history of innovation, and like PS Engineering, recognizes the value of incorporating the lessons learned into the next new designs," said Gary Picou, Vice President Quality Systems. "PS Engineering has more avionics audio patents than anyone else, with proven technology that has stood the test of time and will meet the needs of pilots into the future."

The new audio panel will have several signature features of PS Engineering products, such as IntelliVOX(r), cellular telephone interoperability, multiple independent in-flight entertainment inputs, and dual transmit split audio capability. Split transmit mode gives the pilot and copilot independent com radio access, without the necessity of two audio panels. The bezel styling, created by L-3, is a perfect match for SmartDeck.

One element of system integration was the relationship between the audio panel's internal marker beacon receiver and SmartDeck's display. Unlike conventional audio panels, the PMA8000 L-3 does not have internal marker lamps. Instead, the beacon indication is on the PFD, in front of the pilot's scan where it belongs, blending with SmartDeck's intuitive human interface. IntelliVOX(r) is a patented squelch protocol developed by PS Engineering that eliminates manual intercom squelch, adjusting dynamically to cockpit sound conditions.

Founded in 1985, PS Engineering has become a leading manufacturer of general aviation intercoms and audio control systems. With a network of over 600 authorized dealer/installers worldwide, the company is a leader in retrofit avionics as well as original aircraft equipment installation. To learn more about PS Engineering, Inc. visit

L-3 Avionics Systems has been providing industry-leading, safety-enhancing avionics technologies to aviation markets for more than 45 years. The company, which is known for bringing cost-effective and advanced technologies to the industry, has recently introduced the SmartDeck(r) Integrated Flight Controls and Display System, a next-generation avionics suite and the industry's most intuitive and cost-effective full cockpit system. Additionally, the company continues to provide a wide array of avionics safety technologies, such as the GH-3000 electronic and J.E.T.(r) standby instruments, SkyWatch(r) collision avoidance system, Stormscope(r) lightning detection system and the IRIS(tm) Infrared Imaging System, while customizing the smartest GA flight system available, SmartDeck, for the next generation of aircraft.

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Gary Picou
PS Engineering, Inc.
9800 Martel Road
Lenoir City, TN 37772
Phone (865) 988-9800 - FAX (865) 988-6619

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