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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Aircraft Spruce first US dealer for new Heads Up Device

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty has become the first United States dealer for PAT Avionics’ new Heads Up Device (HUD), which was developed and is manufactured in Milan, Italy. HUD data is projected by laser onto a special glass mounted on a flexible frame, providing information on altitude, heading, and airspeed while providing course data on a transparent screen in front of the pilot. [Read more...]

Avidyne joins MIT, FAA in ADS-B development program

Avidyne is working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the FAA on the Airborne Traffic Situational Awareness with Alerts (TSAA) program for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). The FAA-funded TSAA program, valued at $4 million over three years, includes the prototyping and demonstration of hardware, along with the drafting of industry standards for conflict detection and alerting to be adopted by ADS-B vendors, Avidyne officials said.

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Jeppesen debuts e-learning program for GPSMAP 696

Jeppesen now offers computer-based training for the popular Garmin GPSMAP 696 avionics.

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Jeppesen teams with Garmin to offer data for G1000

Jeppesen and Garmin now offer Jeppesen’s NavData navigation information and charting services in several bundle service options for G1000 avionics systems.

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Avionics enhancements available for Kodiak

Quest Aircraft now offers new enhancements to the Garmin G1000 avionics suite in the Kodiak. The GWX 68 radar can now be installed as an option in new production Kodiakss or at any Quest authorized service center.

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Aspen Avionic’s Connected Pilot TSO’d

OSHKOSH — Aspen Avionics reported on opening day of AirVenture that it has received Technical Standard Order (TSO) 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. FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for Connected Pilot is imminent, company officials said, so with TSO in hand Aspen has begun production and shipment of Connected Pilot units.

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Dynon introduces Pocket Panel portable EFIS

OSHKOSH — On opening day of AirVenture, Dynon introduced its new D1 Pocket Panel, a portable true attitude indicator that utilizes Dynon’s MEMS-based AHRS technology. The new D1 Pocket Panel, priced at $1,425, can be used by all GA pilots.

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Guardian Avionics launches Aero 454

Guardian Avionics will launch its newest product, the Aero 454, at this week’s AirVenture in Oshkosh.

The Aero 454 receives data from your airplane’s Garmin GPS units (430, 530, 650, 750, G900, G1000) and re-transmits it simultaneously to as many as three iPad/tablet devices held by pilots or passengers.

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Dynon introduces ADS-B ‘In’ receiver

Dynon has introduced the SV-ADSB-470 UAT Band Traffic and Weather Receiver for the SkyView system. This remotely mounted receiver module integrates with the SkyView system to provide access to weather and traffic information on top of the detailed navigational information SkyView already provides, company officials said.

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