Here's One More Way That The Transformation Of Aviation Can Happen... With Strong Leadership
The 2012 AEA Convention and trade show had much to boast about... great news, exciting product unveilings and no end of interesting products and people to feature. However; one of the most interesting aspects of this year;'s event was the outstanding address given to the membership by AEA President Paula Derks. Leading one of the most technically complex industry associations in the world, Derks argued forcefully for a new attitude for an industry victimized by blundering politics, pointless bureaucracy and a doddering economy by "Taking Back Our Industry."
It was one of the gutsiest and most salient addresses we’ve heard in the GA game, for years. Here are some excerpts to explain why we remain so impressed with the focus and mission of AEA. Founded in 1957, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) represents more than 1,300 aviation businesses, including repair stations that specialize in maintenance, repair and installation of avionics and electronic systems in general aviation aircraft. AEA membership also includes instruments facilities, manufacturers of avionics equipment, instrument manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, test equipment manufacturers, major distributors, and educational institutions.
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Aero-TV: Krafting' The Future -- Lycoming's Boss Offers a Progress Report
Lycoming Continues To Power Much Of GA Via Innovation and Perseverance
ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell sits down with Lycoming’s Michael Craft at EAA AirVenture 2013 to get an update on what’s going on in the world of general aviation engines. Topics about new products include the new Lycoming iE2 engine. With its electronic ignition, throttle, mixture, and prop control operated through an integrated system, it’s a state of the art one-lever controls everything powerplant.
Aero-TV: Sandel And APG Aid The UN -- Enhancing Int’l Terrain Avoidance for Demanding Helo Ops
Impressive International Deal Provides Much-Needed Protection For Int'l Helicopter Operations
ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell meets with Jerry Henry of Sandel Avionics at the 2013 NBAA convention. Jim starts the interview with his standard question which is, “What’s going on at Sandel?” The response to this question is, “quite a bit,” and it’s significant in the international market. Sandel avionics has joined with a company named Aviation Partners Group, also known as APG. An APG representative explained that there is a large international market for helicopter terrain avoidance electronics, and Sandel is the product of choice.
In The Air With The AuRacle CRM 2120 and An Extraordinary Baron
This time ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell shows how to get an interview done the right way. When Jim wanted to know how Russ Demaray decided to purchase the Ultra Electronics AuRacle CRM 2120 twin-engine management system for his Baron, he started off by taking a ride with Demaray in his beautiful B55.
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FAA Administrator Michael Huerta called on the airline industry to work together to assess and prioritize voluntary actions to further improve training across the industry. The German company e-volo, together with a network of partners is pressing ahead with the development of the technology for the Volocopter during the next few years. The Volocopter is an electric-powered multi-rotor vertical takeoff or landing aircraft. Think of it as being like a quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicle on steroids ... with the ability to carry a pilot and a passenger. Last month we reported that the Proud Bird restaurant, a fixture for decades at Los Angeles International Airport, was due to close its doors after failing to come to terms with airport managers for a lease. Well, that may change. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Aero-TV: Big, Bright and Beautiful -– MGL’s iEFIS Challenger 10.4” Display System
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Aero-TV: Approach Fast Stack--Panel Wiring Made Easy
Panel Wiring Often Seems Akin To Black Magic... Until You Look At Approach Fast Stack
EAA AirVenture 2013 allowed ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell, to look into the subject of aircraft panel wiring. Speaking with James Lentsch at the Approach Fast Stack display booth, Campbell said he has seen some wiring that looked like a ball of spaghetti and asked if Approach Fast Stack offered a solution.
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Dracula Lives on Through Kyle Franklin... and We're NOT Scared!
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Aero-TV: Power Flow Systems - An Altogether Different Tune
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Aero-TV: Michael Goulian -- Moving Airshows Forward In 2014
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