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Pennant Training System

Complete electronic product design, from concept to production

Pennant International Group plc offer experience and expertise in computer-based training, e-learning, virtual reality, emulation, simulation, traditional and interactive technical documentation, and media services. Their range of services and complimentary products is extensive and is supported by a creative, innovative, and highly trained team. Established more than 50 years ago, the group now comprises of six wholly owned subsidiaries and operates worldwide with offices in Europe, North America, and Australasia.

The Pennant Training Systems team, based in Cheltenham, approached Cubik for help with the design and development of a Standby VOR/ILS Control Unit. Also known in the aviation industry as a Line Replacement Unit (LRU), the Standby VOR/ILS Control Unit would be installed as part of a task training system that Pennant had developed. The trainer would then be placed upon the cockpit design for an Advanced Jet Trainer.

Cubik designed every element of the Standby VOR/ILS Control Unit. The aim of the design was to replicate real-life in-service variants of the unit in terms of fit, form and function.

Control Unit

Artistic impression of the Standby VOR/ILS Control Unit.

This project demonstrates Cubik’s expertise across a range of design disciplines and utilises many of the resources we have in-house for complete electronic product design, including:

  • Specification of the technical requirements of the project.
  • Design and development of the enclosure to represent the original product.
  • Design and development of the electronics to integrate with the simulator whilst remaining true to the original product.
  • Using low volume manufacture to produce a batch of less than 10 units.
  • EMC testing to support a CE mark.
  • Generation of the embedded software to run within the unit.
  • Generation of a PC test application to allow bench test of the units without the simulator.
  • Careful project management to ensure that the delivery was made to budget and within timescales.

Speaking about working with Cubik, David Selvester, Head of Engineering at Pennant Training Systems Limited said:

“This is the first time we have collaborated with the Cubik team on a design project. We found the whole process to be seamless and professional and look forward to working with them again in the future.”

When Cubik Innovation first started, many of our projects focussed on the design and development of custom electronics and accompanying firmware. As the company has grown and matured, projects like this demonstrate that not only can Cubik undertake the electronic and firmware design, but we also have the capability to provide detailed and precise industrial design.

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Standby VOR/ILS Control Unit
Evaluation System – the WAND and Sensor
Cubik designed Standby VOR/ILS Control Unit
Figure 1 – Cubik designed Standby VOR/ILS Control Unit


Figure 3 - Inside the enclosure showing the electronics
Figure 3 – Inside the enclosure showing the electronics


Figure 4 - The rear of the unit showing the connections and ground stud
Figure 4 – The rear of the unit showing the connections and ground stud


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Electronic design
Embedded software
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Adrian Schmieder of HiETA commented: “Cubik’s quick turn-around of a functioning PCB has sped the delivery of the project and enabled me to focus on areas of the project in which HiETA has expertise.  The project is a great success and produced valuable information even from its first use.  I am very impressed with the support Cubik provided me throughout the project, from initial concept through to PCB delivery.  I will not hesitate to engage with them again as future PCB projects arise.”


Speaking about the collaboration between Inductosense and Cubik Innovation, Founder and CTO Dr Chenghuan Zhong (Bamboo) stated: "It was great working with the knowledgeable and experienced team at Cubik Innovation. They always provide full support as well as useful and thoughtful advice to us, helping us find solutions for really difficult problems."


Geoff Jones, Aquabar Inventor: "It was a pleasure to work with Cubik on our project. Paul and Sam understood the concept at one meeting, and produced a solution filling the brief within two weeks which has enabled us to find a potential partner. We will certainly use Cubik for our production units later in the year, Many thanks."

Plymouth University

Paul Davey, Associate Professor (SL) Plymouth University: "If you need a prototype developed to a high standard and on time you would be hard pushed to find someone better. They have highly trained, experienced engineers who get the job done."

Clean Energy Prospector Ltd

Damon Rand, Head Product Design: "Paul and the team have really helped us speed up the turnaround on our prototypes and assure the manufacturability of our designs. If you’re designing electronics in the South-West, then Cubik is a great choice for short-run manufacturing."