to see how they compare.
PS Engineering has again demonstrated its forward
thinking with the PMA8000B, a certified audio selectable panel that has brought
more innovation to the general aviation audio panel than any other company. And
it all starts UP- FRONT of the unit with the front panel utility jack as well as
front panel audio panel configurations. Using our exclusive Smart Function Keys,
the pilot can customize their audio panel to their specific requirements.
list of capabilities:
automatic VOX system with individually gated microphones
- Place hi-fi stereo intercom with Soft Mute™
Mode allows automatic muting of non-primary radio New
- music mute modes: Mute On, Mute Off, Radio Mute, Intercom Mute New
front panel music volume control New
Marker Beacon Receiver
telephone input with "DuTel™" telephone distribution
front panel control for telephone side tone on/off New
aircraft radio recorder (IRS™)
panel utility jack for phone, iPod, or unswitched audio warnings
mode for dual audio panel capability
- Differential, hi-fidelity stereo music source inputs (no ground loop
- Isolation modes - Pilot Isolate, All, and Crew
- unswitched inputs, with front panel unswitched input
music distribution for passengers
intercom mode with special "Alternate Intercom Mode"
(Radio Active Mute) eliminates constant back ground noise from radio static
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.
PS Engineering incorporated some "smarts" with this new jack. When used as an entertainment input, the music
can be directed to the crew and/or passengers. PS Engineering's patented
SoftMute™, Karaoke Mode™, along with the four different mute modes
(Mute ON; Mute OFF; Intercom Mute; Radio Mute) gives the pilot the most music
flexibility available today.
PS Engineering has devoted considerable effort in
providing a means of customizing the audio panel to meet particular needs. Ease
of use was foremost, so voice annunciations are used with the selection of each
function. 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.
different configurations can be selected from the front panel, such as how the
music is distributed, the way the intercom functions, and selecting the new Monitor Function. Once a particular configuration is selected, a female voice
announces that selection and will remain in affect until the pilot changes that
selection. No audio panel from any manufacturer offers this kind of flexibility.
Monitor mode is probably the most significant, single product improvement that has been
made to the PMA8000B since it was introduced 3 years ago. This new
function allows the pilot to designate one com radio as primary, while having
the second com as the secondary audio source. When there is radio activity on
the primary radio, the secondary com radio will temporarily mute. The Monitor mode
will change your IFR approach environment, eliminating having to try to decipher
two simultaneous radio receptions
The PMA8000B utility jack also is a convenient way to
connect your cellular
When the cellular phone is connected and the pilot pushes the "TEL" button our
"Du-tel"™ system goes online. The Pilot can make a private phone
call, everyone can be on the phone, or just the pilot and copilot can use the
telephone. This selection is made by the ISO, ALL and Crew switch.
using the phone, the pilot can receive and transmit on the selected VHF COM, 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.)
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
on the front panel. Up to 8 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.
Use of the front panel jack is restricted to advisory information only, from portable systems. Signals required for certified equipment must be interface in accordance with their specific installation manuals.
* GARMIN is a registered trademark of
Ltd. PS Engineering, Inc. is in no way affiliated with GARMIN,
of Sandel SN3308 will need to install series resistors in the external marker
drive lines if they wish for the Marker Indication to continue to work properly.
List price for the PMA8000B is $1,895
price for the PMA8000B-Vertical $1995