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OPENS IN LAS VEGAS
The Aircraft Electronics Association
opened it's 56th convention and trade show in Las Vegas Tuesday with an
eye opening number: $6.3 billion. That's the current size of the
avionics industryincluding new installation and retrofits, but not
repairsaccording to a recently compiled economic study done by the
association based on 2012 sales. The report drew surprised reactions
from several attendees we spoke to at the show, including some major
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RUTAN RECALLS VOYAGER'S 1986 CIRCUMNAVIGATION
years after the fact, Dick Rutan says he's somewhat astonished that he
and Jeana Yeager made it around the world in the Burt Rutan-designed
Voyager, given the rudimentary avionics of the day and the fact that the
airplane had so little surplus load factor that moderate turbulence
would have torn it apart. As the keynote speaker at the 56th Aircraft
Electronics Association Convention opening in Las Vegas on Tuesday,
Rutan flashed a photo of his panel that was then state-of-the-art but
which now features some boxes long since faded from the market.
DICK RUTAN REMEMBERS
It's only been 27 years since Dick Rutan
and Jeana Yeager flew around the world without refueling, but the
technology that has been introduced since then would make it a much
different trip today. Rutan spoke with AVweb's Paul Bertorelli
after speaking to the Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Las
The Biggest Aviation
Show on the Planet ... Is Back!
The award-winning hit TV series The Aviators
is back for
an all-new third season showcasing everything from the F-22 and DC-3 to
LSA and balloons. We take you dogfighting in the Nevada desert, flying
with the USAF Thunderbirds, and look on as Mötley Crue frontman
Vince Neil learns to fly. Join our 10 million weekly US viewers and
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DATES FOR TOWERS POSTED
Not every air traffic control tower
slated for shutdown will stop operating at once, according to an FAA
list posted online by AOPA on Monday. The first group of
24 towers will close on April 7, another 46 on April 21, and 79 on May
5. The Lakeland, Fla., tower will remain open until April 21, giving the
Sun 'n Fun organizers a respite from having to hire
their own ATC staff for the event, which runs April 9 to 14. AOPA said
the closing dates were based on activity levels, with the towers that
handle the fewest commercial operations closing first. FAA spokesperson
Laura Brown told AVweb on Tuesday the posted lists are
"pre-decisional." She added, "We should have a final official list in
the next day or so." More...
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DELTA PILOTS WANT PENSIONS BACK
A former Delta Air Lines
senior captain has launched a petition trying to convince the
reorganized company to reinstate pensions that were terminated when the
airline first filed for bankruptcy eight years ago. Robert Moser was
among about 3,500 retired pilots whose pensions were cut by 80 percent
or more when they were assumed by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.
Northwest Airlines filed for bankruptcy on the same day as Delta but the
company did not ask for the pension plan to be terminated. Now that the
two airlines have merged, Moser says there's a terrible injustice in
that the reorganized airline continues to fund the pensions of the
Northwest retirees while the long-term employees who were at Delta long
before the merger are left without. "The very pilot group that helped
place Delta in an extraordinary business position to capitalize on
recent big moves, are the same ones that have disproportionately
suffered the biggest hit during and after the re-organization," Moser
says in the petition preamble. More...
Masimo Introduces a Pulse
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intended for medical use.
TEST FLIES 787
Boeing launched a 787 from Paine Field in
Everett, Wash., on Monday afternoon and flew a two-hour test flight with
its redesigned battery system. The 787 returned and landed with no
apparent problems, The Associated Press reported. Boeing had said in a
statement prior to the flight that during the check flight, the crew
would cycle the landing gear, operate all the backup systems, and
perform electrical system checks. "Following the completion of the
functional check flight, we will analyze the data from the flight and
prepare for certification ground and flight demonstration in the coming
days," Boeing said. Also on Monday, the NTSB announced details of its
on lithium batteries, scheduled for April 11-12. More...
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TAKES OVER STANDARDAERO
Firoz Tarapore is the interim president
and CEO of StandardAero. Tarapore is a director of the company and will
stay on the board as the company looks for a permanent CEO. More...
Ryan McGinn has been appointed sales
director for Flexjet in New York. He was formerly at Callaway Golf. More...
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GARMIN TEAM X -- PASSION-DRIVEN PRODUCTS
Although they're not
the centerpiece of Garmin's booth at the Aircraft Electronics
Association show in Las Vegas this week, Garmin has made quite a ripple
with its announcement of seven new avionics products for the
experimental and light sport markets. In this video, Garmin's Jim
Alpiser explains why the company is so bullish on the experimental
segment and why Garmin carved out a segregated engineering team to
develop uncertified avionics, with more products on the way.
SANDIA AEROSPACE'S NEW COMPACT TRANSPONDER
manufacturerers are spinning out new ADS-B products by the week, they're
also creating some new sub-niches. One of those is for a simple, compact
Mode-C transponder since some kind of transponder will be needed once
the ADS-B mandate is in place. Sandia Aerospace recently added just such
a product to its well-respected line of avionics fans, integration
boxes, and encoders. At the Aircraft Electronics Association show in Las
Vegas, Sandia's Dennis Smith gave AVweb a video tour of the
company's new STX 165 compact transponder. More...
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