PS Engineering PMA8000 Series Audio Panel

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PS Engineering has prides itself as the innovative leader in aircraft audio control systems, and the engineers there have once again brought utility to the cockpit while reducing the wire clutter in the cockpit.

Check list of capabilities:

  • IntelliVox® automatic VOX system with individually gated microphone
  • Bluetooth® enabled
  • 3 Com capability
  • 6 Place hi-fi stereo intercom with Soft Mute™
  • Monitor Mode allows automatic muting of non-primary radio
  • 4 music mute modes: Mute On, Mute Off, Radio Mute, Intercom Mute
  • Dedicated front panel music volume control
  • Built-in Marker Beacon Receiver
  • Cellular telephone Bluetooth connection only. No hard wire inputs
  • Easy front panel control for telephone side tone on/off
  • Digital aircraft radio recorder (IRS™)
  • Front panel utility jack for iPod, iPad or unswitched audio warnings
  • Split mode for dual audio panel capability
  • 2 Differential, hi-fidelity stereo music source inputs (no ground loop noise)
  • 3 Isolation modes – Pilot Isolate, All, and Crew
  • 5 – unswitched inputs, with front panel unswitched input
  • Selectable music distribution for passengers
  • Selectable intercom mode with special “Alternate Intercom Mode”
  • RAM (Radio Active Mute) eliminates constant back ground noise from radio static
  • 2 year Pro-Support Warranty
  • The 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.

Connect any Bluetooth® enabled phone into the audio panel for unprecedented amount of flexibility, both for phone calls as well as music streaming.

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.

Front panel control of telephone sidetone will allow the pilot to quickly turn on or off the internal sidetone generator specifically for the telephone interface.

Three 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.

The Monitor mode is probably the most significant, single product improvement that has been made to the PMA8000C since it was introduced. 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

While 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 PMA8000C is backward compatible with our PMA8000 as well as a direct replacement for the GARMIN GMA340/GMA345.

NOTE: 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.


The PMA8000G marks a major milestone in the company’s innovative history. Third generation user interface along with advanced digital processing, makes this a perfect fit for pilots who expect more from their audio panel while not wanting complexity. The PMA8000G is a natural choice for pilots who demand ease of use with a deep set of audio panel capabilities.

Introducing flightmate®, the first multi-function digital recorder/audio system available in an audio selector panel. Functions such as creating checklists, and an instant aircraft radio playback are all part of this audio playback enhancement, just about anything that pilot can say, they can store into non-volatile memory, making those checklist chores a bit easier.

flightmate® also allows the creation of aural alert that are programmed by the pilot using a few front panel key presses while speaking into the pilot’s microphone. This records these annunciations in locations that are specific to one of the four discrete inputs of the audio panel. Anytime there is a change of state (a out of limit condition or a Sonalert starts to sound off) the associated message will sound out until it is acknowledged.

One of the four discrete messages is designed specifically for Sonalerts, the other three are for logic levels, typically coming from electronic engine instruments or other devices that give a change of state during a pre-set condition.

IntelliAudio® is another standard capability that will make listening to multiple radio calls manageable. With Com 1 in the 10 O’clock position and Com 2 in the 2 O’clock position, pilots can pay attention to the radio that is most important at any one instant of time.

Bluetooth® interconnectivity allows the pilot to have access to their Bluetooth® enabled telephone or entertainment device. The ability to contact ATC by way of the telephone with the engines running and radios tuned and set at an uncontrolled airfield makes getting into the air under IFR condition much easier.

And like all of our PMA8000 series, there are front panel configuration that allows both the pilot and copilot to configure the intercom to best suite the needs of the cockpit crew and passengers.

We have also included a USB charging port that is rated at 10 watts. This charger provides enough power for iPads that are running the most demanding application.

We also took a fresh approach to the user interface, making access to the advance functions much easier than in past iterations of the PMA8000 series.

Unique Innovations in the PMA8000G:

  • IntelliAudio® True Dimensional Sound enhances radio communications
  • flightmate® Continuous loop digital recorder, pilot recordable checklists
  • Telephone and music streaming enabled allowing connections to iPhones, iPads, PDA
  • IntelliVox® automatic VOX system with individually gated microphones

Additional Capabilities

  • 10-Watt USB Front Panel Charging Port
  • Split mode for dual audio panel capability
  • 6 Place hi-fi stereo intercom with Soft Mute™
  • ASC (Active Static Control) eliminates constant back ground noise
  • 3 music mute modes: Mute On, Radio Mute, Mute Off
  • Built-in Marker Beacon Receiver
  • Cellular telephone input with “DuTel™” telephone distribution
  • 2 Differential, hi-fidelity stereo music source inputs (no ground loop noise)
  • 3 Isolation modes – Pilot Isolate, All, and Crew
  • 4 unswitched inputs
  • Selectable music distribution for passengers
  • 2-year Pro-Support Warranty


The PMA8000E Audio Panel is truly a ground breaking audio system designed specifically for aircraft that require independent audio control for the crew.

The PMA8000E represents another evolution step in cockpit audio control and intercommunications utility. Using our patented IntelliVox® design and pilot programmable configurations, this marks the next level of audio control.

The unit is designed for outstanding ergonomics and visually defined mode annunciation and selections.

The PMA8000E is specifically designed to be used in a dual audio panel environment; where the pilot and copilot positions have independent control over the radio audio control. The PMA8000E units communicate information between the units to make the operation logical and utilitarian, and avoid operations that are inconsistent with radio and cockpit communications practices.

The PMA8000E is a ship set of two. With digital interface control, the pilot is always in control while allowing the copilot to off load radio communications as well allow access to the passengers without interrupting the pilot.

If the aircraft owner chooses, Bluetooth® can be enabled, allowing unprecedented capabilities for the crew or passengers to distribute phone calls or music. With two independent Bluetooth® interfaces, any one of a number of configurations will allow distribution of telephone and music.

There can never be any “strange states” because the intelligence that is built into the systems prevents this from occurring.

And like all of our PMA8000 series, there are front panel configuration that allows both the pilot and copilot to configure the intercom to best suite the needs of the cockpit crew and passengers.


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