PS Engineering has again demonstrated its forward thinking, adding value and utility to the lauded PMA8000B audio panel by installing a utility interface on the FRONT of the unit and by adding Smart Function Keys (SFK), allowing pilots to customize their audio panel.
The front-mounted, 2.5mm multipurpose jack give pilots unprecedented access to their audio panel, allowing connections to cell phones, portable music devices, or audio announcements directly into the audio panel.
Another innovation are the 6 user configurations that are front panel selectable, making the PMA8000B the most flexible audio panel in the world. The pilot can tailor the audio panel functions on the fly.
These new capabilities are a direct result of recent advances in avionics for situational awareness as well as new pilot requirements. For an example, when flying with the new GARMIN GPS396, the front panel utility jack provides convenient way to hook up its audio output.
PS Engineering incorporated some "smarts" with this new jack. When used as an entertainment input, the music is directed to the crew, and PS Engineering's patented SoftMuteÃ¢â€žÂ¢ functions normally. Our original Karaoke ModeÃ¢â€žÂ¢ can be activated by pressing the front panel "Mute" button, allowing the music to be placed in the background while interruptions to the music will be eliminated. However, if the aircraft has a panel mounted music device and it is active, the PMA8000B changes the front jack for advisory messages. These alert messages are not muted, and presented to the crew headphones only.
The PMA8000B utility jack also is a convenient way to connect your cellular telephone. When the cellular phone is connected the pilot pushes the "TEL" button our "Du-tel"Ã¢â€žÂ¢ system goes online. Anyone who is on the intercom is on the phone, taking advantage of the ISO, ALL and Crew Isolation intercom modes. Best of all, the pilot can receive and transmit on the selected VHF COM with ATC as well, for seamless integration in the cockpit. (Cellular telephone use in flight is not permitted, but remains a convenient and safe way to contact air-traffic control or a weather briefer while on the ground.)
SatCom Direct can provide an excellent alternative to cell phones by using satellites to provide worldwide phone coverage. To learn how you can obtain satellite phone capability with the PMA8000B, go to www.satcomdirect.com.
PS Engineering has devoted considerable effort in providing a means of customizing the audio panel to meet particular needs. Easy of use was foremost, so voice annunciations were included with the selection of the functions. Our revolutionary Virtual Tech Support (VTS) voice prompts each special function selection assuring that the pilot knows exactly what the new audio panel configuration is, in plain English.
Six different configurations can be selected from the front panel, such as how the music inputs are distributed, the way the intercom functions and how the front jack is distributed. Once a particular configuration is selected, a female voice will announce the selection and will remain in affect until the pilot changes that selection. No audio panel from any manufacturer offers this kind of flexibility.
PS Engineering's innovative Internal Recording System (IRS) is now standard equipment, a $130 savings! The pilots can instantly play back radio messages, eliminating the need for the pilot to request "say again," or assure themselves that the last radio call was for them. The playback button is now on the front panel. Up to 16 messages can be recorded and played back in sequence.
The new PMA8000B is backward compatible with our PMA8000 as well as a direct replacement for the GARMIN GMA340.
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