A first visit to AERO

The retractable gear Ellipse Spirit with elliptical wing was flying high at AERO.

By MIKE TAYLOR

As a first-time visitor to AERO Friedrichshafen, the biggest general aviation event in Europe, my impressions were highly favorable. It’s held annually on the shores of Lake Constance in Germany.

Having been to Berlin’s air show twice, I’ve found the German capital’s event to be all about big aircraft and military. AERO, on the other hand, is billed as the Global Show for General Aviation. This year, more than 600 exhibitors from 35 countries and 33,000 visitors from all over the world attended the show, which was held April 15-18. [Read more…]

iCloth for grubby screens

iCloth Avionics

I know a guy who hates it – HATES IT – when anyone touches his computer screen. He’s a big guy, with a dark beard, long hair and many tattoos. Get close to his screen and you can hear the grumble starting deep down in his belly.

In today’s world of smartphones, tablets and touchscreen avionics, not touching a screen is near impossible. So what to do? [Read more…]