(VAN NUYS, CA) July 18, 2018 – SoCal Jets, Inc. is proud to announce it has been named an authorized L-3 Avionics Systems dealer. The new dealership expands the company’s growing avionics capabilities.

SoCal Jets, Inc., a full-service aircraft maintenance, avionics, and repair station, now offers an expanded scope of services to their customers as an Authorized Dealer of L-3 Avionics Systems. These advances include ADS-B NextGen Surveillance, Cockpit Voice & Data Recorders, Collision Avoidance/TCAS, Standby Systems, Displays/Processors, Lightning Protection, Terrain Awareness, and Transponders.

“Due to industry mandates and customer demand, we are continuing to expand our avionics capabilities.” said Robert Roig, President and Founder of SoCal Jets Inc. “Being awarded an L-3 Avionics Systems Dealership, along with hiring additional experienced and talented avionics professionals, further aligns our capabilities with this demand.”

The L-3 Avionics Systems Dealership further confirms SoCal Jet’s commitment to offering world-class, full-service aviation services throughout its 34th year in business at the Van Nuys Airport. SoCal Jets supports primarily Gulfstream, Challenger, Falcon, Hawker, Learjet, and Citation aircraft.

TCAS 7.1 and Mexico

TCAS 7.1 Upgrades [Click HERE for Spanish Translation]

TCAS is Traffic Collision Avoidance System.  There are several types of TCAS systems on board aircraft. TCAS 1 and TCAS II are the most common and thus are regulated for certain aircraft.

TCAS I can be active or passive and some of which can be integrated into/from displays from the TIS functions of ADS-B. TCAS I displays have symbology that is similar to TCAS II but has TA (Traffic Advisories) only.

TCAS II is typical of what you see in most part 25 aircraft.  TCAS II systems have specific symbology and include both TA and RA (Resolution Advisories). All TCAS II systems are active. (Active means that these systems send out a TCAS pulse so that other aircraft will reply). TCAS II aircraft that respond will generate a RA display and have symbols that will display how to avoid the other TCAS II aircraft.

There are several software levels for TCAS II equipped aircraft. The previous version (7.0) had some software anomalies that gave pilots a possible confusing message/display when the RA’s were generated.

TCAS 7.1 was meant to fix those issues and help alleviate the possible collision of two aircraft.

EASA implemented TCAS 7.1 in Dec 2015 for aircraft that are in Europe or fly there. Aircraft that were caught and ramp checked on that date in those countries were grounded and thus many of these upgrades for these grounded aircraft tripled.

Mexico is part of ICAO and has drafted up requirements for implementation in their airspace. Their deadline for this important mandate in Mexico is Jan 1, 2020.

SoCal Jets,Inc. can install this upgrade as well as ADS-B and FANS1A+ for your aircraft. 

To learn more information on this and other systems or to schedule a quote/upgrade please contact our office at +1.818.782.6658

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Avionics Industry Veteran Mark Francetic Joins SoCal Jets, Inc. Sales Team

Van Nuys, CA (June 12, 2018) – Industry veteran Mark Francetic has joined the SoCal Jets sales team. Francetic possesses more than 35 years of experience in avionics systems, integration sales, and service. In recent years, Francetic has become particularly well-known and respected for leading the industry in delivering compelling presentations regarding FANS, ADS-B, and TCAS 7.1 solutions – all across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The proud holder of an A&P since 1996, Francetic has managed several avionics shops, and possesses an extensive, and deep knowledge of avionics systems. He has also led and/or assisted in STC development programs on FANS and ADS-B with prestigious companies such as Honeywell, ACSS, SAFRAN Engineering, and Rockwell Collins.

During the course of his successful career, Francetic has utilized his strong sales background, technical experience, dedicated customer service practices, and team management skills to consistently generate increased corporate revenue. In his most recent position prior to joining SoCal Jets, Francetic served as Avionics Regional Sales Manager for Las Vegas, NV-based Duncan Aviation for four years. In this role, Francetic fostered and developed key customer contacts not only in the Western U.S., but in Mexico and Canada. He created key business plans for NextGen programs and initiated Next-Gen conferences for FANS 1A+ and ADS-B with Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, ACSS, and SAFRAN Engineering.

Prior to this versatile role, Francetic served as Avionics Manager for Duncan Aviation for 18 years. Among many other accomplishments, he served as Chairman of Duncan Aviation’s NextGen Program Development Team and oversaw the only section in company history to exceed budgetary goals for 15 straight years.

A graduate of Ferris State University, Francetic has also worked for Precision Avionics/Avionics & Instruments, Tiger Air, EG&G Energy Measurements, Union Pacific Railroad, and Van Nuys-based Beechcraft West, where he first launched his professional career in 1980.

Headquartered in Van Nuys, CA, SoCal Jets employs some of the best aircraft technicians and promotes a positive attitude that ensures company-wide success as it proudly celebrates its 34th year in business. Each SoCal Jets employee is dedicated to maintaining aircraft to the highest standard, with the utmost commitment to the safety of our customers. SoCal Jets services primarily Gulfstream, Challenger, Falcon, Hawker, Learjet, and Citation aircraft. SoCal Jets also supports many aircraft in Mexico, and is proud to be one of just a handful of U.S. companies to have received certification from the Mexican DGAC.

To reach Mark Francetic, please e-mail