MC2 working with Centennial College Avionics Students
Media Announcement Date: March 25, 2014Subject: MC2 gives back with Centennial College in shaping future avionics techsFor Immediate Publication Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA – Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2) are pleased to announce that they are working co-operatively with Centennial College Toronto Ontario (Canada) in providing first hand experience to avionics students through a job-shadowing programme.Centennial’s Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance programme is offered under the college’s School of Transportation and is a full Ontario College Diploma Post-secondary program lasting 2 years/ 4 semesters. This programme provides students with the knowledge and skills to start their career as an aircraft maintenance engineer. The program is Transport Canada (TC) accredited for experience and exam credit towards the issuance of an AME license; and is accredited by the Canadian Council of Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) as meeting the national occupational standard for avionics maintenance training.
A creative and forward thinking part of the course of study involves students going into the “field” and gaining experience by shadowing avionics technicians who currently work for service providers in the industry. As case in point, two of Centennial’s students are currently “shadowing” at MC2 once a week from February through to April. During this work experience, the students are given the opportunity to become part of a professional avionics maintenance operation and get a real taste for the job. While every such opportunity has its own agenda, MC2 ensures that their assigned students do more than simply observe.According to Bill Arsenault – VP of MC2, “We believe the best experience is by actually doing something – not just observing. And I feel strongly about working with the education community to help our future possible employees. When the Centennial Avionics students come to us each day, we make sure they participate with us in different aspects of the job and gain hands-on, fully supervised experience. Our team is more than happy to share their knowledge and offer the chance to take the theories garnered from the classroom and see how to apply them in the real-time aviation environment. I feel this approach will bring us the opportunity to hire good people down the road who know us and vise versa. It’s also good to be giving back – even with a small gesture like this. We really enjoy having the students with us. ”"We are grateful to each of our participating industry partners for their continued support of the program in making these opportunities possible.” States Lan Wong – the Centennial College faculty member responsible for the job-shadowing program for all avionics students. “It is an extremely important first step for our students into the industry, allowing them to gain valuable real world experience as part of their training. Mid-Canada Mod Centre has been incredibly supportive in offering job-shadowing placements to selected senior avionics students year after year, and their genuine interest in expanding the scope of training for our students is invaluable. These are busy people in this industry who continuously invest their time and resources in building a strong aviation community by reaching out to students, and they make a very real difference."About the college:Centennial College is Ontario’s first community college, established in 1966, primarily serving the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses and seven satellite locations. It has a record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership building.About MC2 . . .MC2 has been in business since 1996 (AMO #59-97). Their primary focus is in providing industry leading avionics expertise to the corporate and 2nd tier commercial aviation markets. MC2 specialties include ADS-B, FANS, WAAS FMS with LPV, cabin entertainment and communication systems including the latest in Satcom, Wi-Fi applications and cockpit redesign/modernization. They are also experts in TCAS, EGPWS, TAWS, RVSM and EFB applications.Located in the North End Business Aviation area of Lester B Pearson International Airport (LBPIA) - CYYZ, the MC2 facilities are easily accessed by air or road, fully secure and central to many other related aviation support providers. They also provide 24/7 AOG service.- 30 -Please feel welcome to contact Bill Arsenault at Mid-Canada Mod Center. By telephone at (905) 673-9918 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.For a high resolution copy of the photos please contact Rob Seaman – email@example.com. /sites/default/files/centennialcoop2014%20.pdf
DHC Turbo Beaver Avionics Upgrade
Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2) are pleased to announce a complete avionics upgrade to a DHC Turbo Beaver. This aircraft - DHC2 Beaver, MkIII variant - was factory built as a turbine aircraft in 1966. The current owners of the aircraft have it based in Sudbury Ontario and use it in support of their business interests in the north. Even though this aircraft had been well maintained and updated periodically – including a full overhaul and repaint by Viking Aircraft back in 2002 - the avionics systems were dated. After consultation with MC2, the decision was made to upgrade the entire system to “suite” that would allow maximum safety and operations efficiency in all conditions and environments. Particular attention was to the operational challenges and conditions encountered when working in circumstances that become somewhat typical of air ops in the north.Project FeaturesAfter removal of virtually all the dated and older avionics systems, which after 47 years in service and maintenance was a “patchwork” of numerous updates, the MC2 team set to the task of creating a new, purpose designed, integrated avionics suite. Upon review and consideration of the many aftermarket options available, the decision was made to use core components of Garmin’s system of retrofit avionics.The heart and soul of this mod starts with the display used. MC2 started with a G600. This option places “glass cockpit” capabilities into the aircraft and offers enhanced situational awareness, safety and pilot workload reduction. Using a dual-screen, it pairs both a primary flight display (PFD) and a multi-function (MFD) display into a single bezel. The G600 also uses a scaled version of Garmin’s SVT (Synthetic Vision Technology). SVT provides a “virtual reality” perspective of ground and water features, obstacles and traffic. It also enhances the pilot’s view of primary flight data by giving it a realistic visual frame of reference — especially in solid IFR or nighttime/marginal VFR conditions. This makes it an ideal choice for operations in Canada’s north.In place of old and dated gyro instruments, the G600 uses a GRS 77 Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS). This allows the combining of inputs from GPS, magnetometer and air data computer and provides an accurate digital output and referencing of aircraft position, rate, vector and acceleration data. The new suit on this aircraft also includes a Garmin GTN 750 NAV/COM that provides quick and easy touchscreen access to the GPS/Nav/Comm/MFD. It allows pilots to fly WAAS LPV approaches down to 200' minimums and displays charts, traffic, weather and more. A Garmin TCAS GTS825 finishes up the core components. This unit tracks up to 75 targets within a 40 nm interrogation range. Active traffic is enhanced with ADS-B, which is in widespread use in Northern Canada. Spoken ATC-like aural alerts help keep the pilot’s eyes outside scanning for Targets. In speaking about the announcement Bill Arsenault, VP MC2 stated, “The number of avionics options for renewing older aircraft keep growing. The DHC Beaver in all its variations has long been a staple of hard working, smaller and specialty focused flight operators. The chance to bring new technology and safety into such operations is a major step for operators. Like any mod, there is a cost but then when compared to the price of new aircraft, and especially one that has the length of service that Beavers do and will moving forward, the cost proves itself worthwhile. This aircraft will provide many years of continued, reliable service. We are pleased and honoured that we were given the opportunity to bring extended life to a Canadian aviation icon. Working on projects like this is both a challenge and reward for the MC2 team.”For more information or discussion please feel welcome to contact Bill Arsenault at Mid-Canada Mod Center. By telephone at (905) 673-9918 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.