Harbour Air Services gives away heritage Harley

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Harbour Air Services, a FBO with a 20-plus year history of serving aviation customers at Cherry Capital Airport (KTVC), gave away a 2013 Harley Davidson Softail to one lucky recipient in the “Fuel Up to Ride” sweepstakes. Alan Bambach of Plymouth, Mich. was the grand prize winner, taking home the heritage bike. His was among thousands of drawing entries.

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HI-IQ USB Battery Charger introduced

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For the last three years, CommitLift has been supplying panel-mounted USB Battery Charging devices for homebuilt aircraft and other vehicles with 12-volt battery systems.

Up until now, however, they had to be tailored to the device to be charged: iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tablet, smart-phone, etc. However, the company’s latest charger can adapt to whatever device is plugged in, according to company officials.

Garmin introduces ADS-B solution for GA

GDL 84

Garmin has introduced the GDL 84 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink, which is the latest addition to Garmin’s lineup of certified ADS-B solutions.

The GDL 84 provides an all-inclusive, minimally intrusive solution for aircraft owners looking to satisfy the requirements of NextGen, while providing the benefits offered by ADS-B In without the need to significantly modify the panel of the aircraft or the need for a multifunction display, according to Garmin officials.

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Brush interferes with takeoff

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Cordova, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was departing from a tidal beach in the tailwheel airplane. During the takeoff roll into the sun he lost visual references and allowed the airplane to drift to the right.

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What have you done for me lately?

Like it or not, aviation enthusiasts are often classified by non-aviation enthusiasts as “those people.” As a card carrying member of the “those people” fan club, I’m often interested in how we’re perceived and routinely blamed for the ills of society by those who don’t understand us. In general, we’re neither loved or admired. Frequently we’re assumed to be outrageously wealthy, aloof, and selfish.

Rather than blame those who blame us, I did a little daydreaming about how this relationship came to be so dysfunctional. I was also curious how we might go about reversing the trend. Given enough time I’m sure I could have come up with a solution too, but a handful of proactive pilots in Paso Robles, California, beat me to it.

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No longer business as usual for ATC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Business as usual in air traffic management won’t work, which is why the FAA Administrator is calling on the aviation industry to help in adapting and assuring the financing of new approaches. That was the message FAA Administrator Michael Huerta brought in a recent speech to the Aero Club of Washington.

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