VOR and ILS training app released

ApDeV has released VORILS, a new smartphone app to assist pilots practice using VHF omnidirectional radio range (VOR) and Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) procedures.

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Wicks offers Dynon Pocket Panel

Now available from Wicks Aircraft Supply is the Dynon D1 Pocket Panel, a portable EFIS for experimental, light-sport and certified aircraft.

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IMC Club opens additional chapters across the nation

IMC Club International will open additional chapters across the nation in the next few weeks. Pilots will gather at CP Aviation in Santa Paula, Calif., on Aug. 25; RedBird Skyport in San Marcos, Texas, on Sept. 13; and MotionAir Aviation on Sept. 14 in Midlothian, Texas, for inaugural meetings. Also, new chapters are planned for North Carolina, Nevada, Michigan, Alabama, and Nebraska.

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Shadin Avionics sells 600th fuel flow system

Shadin Avionics recently delivered its 600th fuel flow system to Air Tractor, which manufactures agricultural aircraft. Air Tractor also announced that Shadin Microflo-L fuel flow systems will be standard on all aircraft deliveries going forward, Shadin officials said.

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New features for Garmin Pilot app

Garmin has unveiled new features and capabilities for the Garmin Pilot app, including support for the GDL 39 portable ADS-B receiver. When paired with a GDL 39, Garmin Pilot can display subscription-free weather and ADS-B datalink traffic information.

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STC approval for Aspen Avionic’s Connected Pilot

Aspen Avionics has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval of Connected Pilot, the first in the series of the company’s Connected Panel product line that provides a wireless link between certified instrument panel avionics and portable smart devices.

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Sporty’s updates Flying the Aspen Evolution

Sporty’s recently updated its “Flying the Aspen Evolution” program with the addition of Evolution Synthetic Vision (ESV) displayed on the PFD and MFD, which includes 3D terrain and obstacles, unusual attitude guidance, distance line and range markers, dynamic traffic display and the dynamic flight path marker.

“Now that thousands of general aviation pilots have upgraded their panels with Aspen, this video will help them use all the features and benefits Aspen offers,” says Sporty’s Academy President Eric Radtke.

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Precision Flight Controls debuts two training devices

Precision Flight Controls introduced two new products at Airventure: An FAA-approved Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD), the CRX-MAX, and the GT (Glass Trainer), which is pending FAA AATD approval. [Read more...]

SportairUSA names new avionics manager

SportairUSA, the central Arkansas FAA Part 145 Repair Station and distributor of sport aircraft, has appointed Monty Crawford avionics manager.

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again

With the lack of general aviation maintenance representation in the alphabet soup of Washington, D.C., the Aircraft Electronics Association requested that we reprint the following information from Ric Peri, vice president, Government & Industry Affairs, to help the GA maintenance shops better understand what the FAA is proposing and how it will affect their businesses:

The author of this quote, William Hickson, was a 19th century British educational writer. Yet, living in the present, perhaps the famous quote from W.C. Fields is more appropriate — “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.”

After 20 years of trying and three changes in 10 years, the FAA’s latest proposal for Part 145 repair station ratings, while well intended, is simply ill-timed, too costly, and takes dead aim at the avionics industry. But, the FAA keeps trying — some of it is good, some bad and some is simply a cheap shell game.

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