Aircraft News / by Erik Johannesson

Field Aviation’s EFI-890R Flight Deck Modernization Purchased by U.S.-Based Customer

Field Aviation is pleased to announce the sale of two EFI-890R flight deck upgrades to an undisclosed U.S.-based customer for their Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft. This sale represents the first two upgrades in the operator’s fleet, one being on a Bombardier Dash 8 Series 200 aircraft and the second on a Series 300.

The timing of this sale aligns with the certification of FlightSafety International’s Dash 8 flight simulator at their Toronto, Canada facility, which has been recently upgraded with Field Aviation’s EFI-890R flight deck. This training device received Transport Canada certification on January 30, 2019 and is in the process of obtaining its FAA approval.

Field Aviation is also in the process of completing the last of a three aircraft EFI-890R flight deck and ADS-B Out upgrades on the Swedish Coast Guard Dash 8 aircraft fleet at Skavsta airport in Nyköping, Sweden.

“The obsolescence issues facing the classic Dash 8 airline and special mission operators is significant, and our EFI-890R Flight Deck upgrade not only solves this problem but provides pilots with consolidated flight guidance and significantly more situational awareness”, said Brian Love, Field Aviation’s Chief Commercial Officer. “At Field Aviation, we are committed to supporting the large fleet of Dash 8 aircraft across the globe with innovative solutions”.

The Field Aviation EFI-890R Flight Deck Modernization program is a state-of-the-art replacement of the legacy Dash 8 OEM electromechanical and electronic flight and engine instrumentation systems with five Universal Avionics (UA) EFI-890R flat-panel integrated smart displays. Four of these present the pilots with navigation and situational awareness, and the fifth (center unit) displays engine information. The system provides full redundancy by allowing information to be switched between the displays. The Field Aviation STC has been approved by Transport Canada, the FAA and EASA and maintains the Dash 8 common pilot type rating.

With over 70 years of experience creating unique technical solutions, Field Aviation is recognized as an industry leader in the design, manufacture, installation, flight test, and certification of modifications for commercial and special mission aircraft. Also recognized for its capabilities in avionics and interior upgrades, Field Aviation offers flight deck modernization, customized interior reconfigurations and refurbishments, and cargo conversions. Field Aviation is also a parts manufacturing and sub-assembly center of excellence for aircraft OEMs, and an avionics equipment dealer and authorized service center. With its innovative team of engineers and technicians, Field Aviation consistently demonstrates its expertise and dedication to making ordinary aircraft extraordinary.


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U.S. Customs and Border Protection DHC-8-202 (MSN 626) seen below at Toronto-Pearson in Apr-2019.

Reinhard Zinabold Photo © Toronto-Pearson, ON Apr-2019

Reinhard Zinabold Photo © Toronto-Pearson, ON Apr-2019


221 - DHC-8-311 N333EN Elix Aviation Capital, Dublin [WFBNW]

Flew Oklahoma City-Wiley Post, OK - Roswell, NM 09-May-2019 under the Southern Cross callsign SXA568. The aircraft had been at Oklahoma City since 19-Mar-2019.


4353 - DHC-8-402 N443QX Horizon Air, Seattle, WA

Flew Sault Ste Marie, ON - Great Falls, MT - Portland, OR 08-May-2019 returning from maintenance with JD Aero. The aircraft had been present at Sault Ste Marie since 03-Apr-2019.


4355 - DHC-8-402 N444QX Horizon Air, Seattle, WA

Flew Portland, OR - Billings, MT - Sault Ste Marie, ON 08-May-2019 for maintenance with JD Aero.


Air Niugini Selects StandardAero for PW123 Pay-Per-Hour Support, Extending Partnership Between the Two Companies

SCOTTSDALE – May 8, 2019 – Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Guinea, has re-selected StandardAero to provide Pratt & Whitney Canada PW123 engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services in support of the Dash 8 regional turboprops operated by its subsidiary Link PNG.  This new pay-per-hour engine maintenance agreement succeeds a previous contract between the two companies, extending StandardAero’s partnership with Air Niugini and Link PNG.

Air Niugini operates a large domestic and international network to Asia, Australia and the Pacific region. Since its establishment in 1973, the airline now operates a fleet of twenty jet airliners and six regional turboprops, carrying over 1.3 million passengers each year.

Commenting on the announcement, Bruce Alabaster, General Manager of Link PNG, said:  “This award follows an extension selection process and we congratulate StandardAero on their success. The previous working relationship with StandardAero has been great, and we look forward to this continuing to be the case over the period of this contract”

“We are honored to be re-selected by Air Niugini as a provider of cost-effective PW123 engine services,” said Jason Johnson, Vice President – Sales & Marketing for StandardAero's Airline & Fleets business unit.  “Air Niugini’s inter-island operations demand the highest levels of engine reliability, and we are proud to continue serving the airline with a cost-effective pay-per-hour solution offering predictable maintenance costs.  We look forward to supporting Air Niugini and its customers with responsive support services for years to come.”

StandardAero is a Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) for the P&WC PW100 family, with overhaul facility locations in Summerside, PE, Canada and Gonesse, France, supported by seven service center locations across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.  With more than 25 years of reliable turboprop MRO experience, the company provides engine support options and recommendations that are tailored to operators’ specific needs.  StandardAero’s service offering on the PW100 family also includes engine condition trend monitoring (ECTM) services, as a CAMP Systems Designated Analysis Center (DAC).