Dash 8 upgrade including Dual WAAS FMS with LPV Approaches.

Mid Canada Mod Center


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 Features

After 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 bill@midcanada.com