Solutions Overview - Approach Wiring Products |
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How does it work?
Today, just as 40 years ago, aircraft avionics
are still hand-wired and debugged. Avionics require interconnection as
well as power, lighting and grounding. All of these connections are
individually ran, crimped, and zip tied with thick bundles of wiring
snaking everywhere resulting in non-standardized wiring practices and
a significant amount of disorder behind the instrument panel.
Upgrading or replacing avionics requires long aircraft downtimes and the
costs typically exceed the new equipment purchase price because new
wiring connections have to be individually ran and integrated with
the current wiring. After a couple of upgrades and replacements, the
wiring turns into a "rat's nest" behind the instrument
panel. Safely and reliability are compromised and future
maintainability becomes even more expensive.
Approach products are designed to modernize
the aircraft avionic installation and upgrade process making avionic
installs fast, cost-effective and safe. Simply install the appropriate
Approach hub for your instrument panel
(Sport Lite - Basic Panel,
Sport Hub - VFR panel, or Pro Hub - IFR panel),
select the specific Approach cables for your avionics, and plug it
in and your done! Upgrading and replacing avionics only requires a new
Approach cable and future maintainability is greatly enhanced.
The Approach solution meets today's requirements for any type of
plane including cerified, experimental, and light-sport aircraft
and can be easily
retrofitted to older or newer aircraft at any
What does Approach offer?
Installs and Upgrades - A modular, plug and play system standardizing
instrument panel wiring built around a hub and professionally made
cables and connectors designed specifically for leading avionic
- Virtually no hand wiring means dramatically reduced install and
upgrade times and elimination of the troubleshooting and debugging
process. Also, Approach's products will significantly reduce the
downtime of aircraft and make future maintainability and avionic
upgrading economical and fast.
The Approach system removes the complex "rat's nest" of wiring behind the instrument panel.
In addition, grounding will be centralized and the utilization of uniform cable shielding
reduces electronic noise and other associated problems of hand wiring increasing reliability
and lifetime performance of avionics. Approach hubs are rugged with a conductive anodization
for central grounding. All Approach cables are Milspec Tefzel with an additional polyolefin
jacket increasing wiring longevity and making it easier to secure the cables away from moving
objects. Approach hubs are not "active" components and Approach cables comply with FAA AC43-13B
and manufacturer specs. Older aircraft can benefit anytime from the installation of Approach
wiring products. Older aircraft typically have original wiring that can have brittle and cracked
insulation (leading to phantom grounds), older connections that are weak, wire abrasion and fretting,
and legacy wiring techniques that can all lead to possible glitches.