PXE7300 Affordable IFE
Lenoir City, TN PS Engineering, Inc. is using AirVenture 2002 to unveil their most exciting product to date, the PXE7300 In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system. This panel mounted unit combines the best features found in disc players and radio receivers.
"PS Engineering is using the gathering of 750,000 aviation enthusiasts to demonstrate the new system and gather input on the human interface," Said company president Mark Scheuer, " We think this system is cockpit-friendly, and we want as much pilot feedback as possible."
The PXE7300 is a true general aviation IFE system, designed from the front panel knobs to the rear connector for aviation, it uses best practices and design assurance proven in thousands of our intercoms and audio control panels. Each phase of the design is considered to provide optimum performance and utility in aircraft.
The system includes a multi-mode disc player that handles both CD and MP3 music formats seamlessly. By playing both the traditional compact disc and the compressed MP3 format the user has flexibility of a multi-disc changer without the added space and weight requirements. Up to 10 hours can be stored on a single disc, depending on the compression.
The full-feature AM/FM radio has seek functions for locating music news and sports over unfamiliar territory. In a unique design element, PS Engineering derives the FM radio antenna from the existing VOR installation. In a statement, Vice President of Technical Services Gary Picou said, "One of the obstacles that prevented us from entering this market earlier was adding yet another antenna to the airplane. By tapping into the VOR, we solve that issue."
An LED display shows the user what the system is up to, including the artist and song information encoded on MP3 files.
PS Engineering is engaged in aircraft certification under the STC process, "Since there isn't a TSO that specifically addresses this type of unit, we decided to demonstrate the safety and utility via an STC, continues Picou. "This will allow us to show the FAA that our design is not only intrinsically safe, but also has minimal impact on the cockpit workload. We will also demonstrate the interface capability with existing audio systems."
Certification permitting, PS Engineering expects to be shipping the PXE7300 by the end of 2002.
The PXE7300 features:
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