From established products that continue to impress, to new and
exciting developments across the range of general aviation... here,
to our eyes, is the VERY BEST from our list of the 10 most worthy
'gadgets' and programs of 2008. Let's start 2009 off with a bang
with the announcement that Garmin's GPSMAP 696 RAN AWAY from the
competition and has earned its selection at the top of ANN's
Aero-Products Of The Year List for 2008.
Aero-News pays tribute to the following aviators -- in body and
in spirit -- who slipped the surly bonds of Earth in 2008... and
extends our sincere sympathies to their families, and to any of our
readers who also lost a loved one last year...
Shame on those issues, folks, or groups that made our lot so
much tougher in 2008... but our top selection... and all those who
populate both Houses of Congress have a reason to be ashamed of
themselves (aeronautically-speaking) in 2008.
The Association is a national not-for-profit aerospace and
community service organization composed of aviation-minded citizens
established to remind Canadians of their country's rich
aeronautical tradition and history, to support Canada's Air Force
and to support and encourage the civil aviation component within
In just a few minutes, as I write this, the responsibility for
running the world's largest pilots organization passes from Phil
Boyer to Craig Fuller. And while we feel the selection of Fuller to
be an inspired one, full of promise, and one that seems especially
suited for the years ahead, we have to admit that we're going to
miss working with Boyer. He was more than good at his job, he has
been a ball to work with.
So… Phil Boyer retires, and while we hope this means
everything that he personally wants it to mean for him and his
family, we doubt he'll be a stranger. Knowing of his deep love
for aviation, and his commitment to the world of GA, I have no
doubt we'll be hearing from him again and again… which can
only benefit us all.