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February 18, 2022

Airborne 02.18.22: FAA's Dickson Resigns, Candy Bomber Goes West, Joby Falters

Also: Dassault Falcon 6X, AMT Scholarships, Republic Airline Fundraiser, Another Airshow Canceled

FAA Head honcho Steve Dickson has announced his resignation from the FAA, effective March 31. He said the rationale is that the pandemic has caused lengthy separation from his family, made more common by the rise of travel restrictions along his Georgia to D.C. commute. While premature, he said his tenure has guided the administration into becoming a better version of itself than it was when he was appointed by the Trump administration. Colonel Gail Halvorsen, famous for his role in originating the morale-boosting 'candy bombing' operation during the early days of the cold war, has passed away at 102 years of age. In 1948, when tensions between the allies ran high over who would ret

AEA Avionics Market 2021 Report Issued

Industry is Healing, But Still Has a Ways to Go Before it Sees 2019 Numbers Once Again

The Aircraft Electronics Association has released the 2021 year-end Avionics Market Report showing worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales for the year came to more than $2.3 billion. Overall, it represented a 6.5% increase in total year-end sales over 2020, a good indicator that the industry is growing as hoped despite continuing supply issues on the components side. Sales particularly picked up in the 4th quarter, showing a 7.4% bump through October, November and December compared to 2020 numbers. The streak of increasing sales numbers continued through Q4, coming up by 0.6% over the previous quarter, the 6th increase in a row.

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