Avionics

Video: AEA Opens In Nashville »

The Aircraft Electronics Association opened in 57th annual convention in Nashville this week with good news: Avionics sales for 2013 were up 6.9% in 2013 over the previous year. In this video interview, AEA's Paula Derks says about 23 new products will be introduced in Nashville. More

AEA 2014: Drone Support Goes Mainstream »

The drone swarms are coming and just like any other aircraft, they'll need service and support. A new company called Robotic Skies intends to see that it's available. More

Modern Avionics: Beneficiaries and Victims »

No doubt, the modern GA glass cockpit is a marvel. But there's no denying expensive EFIS have helped make airplanes unaffordable. Is real change afoot? More

New This Week »

News this week includes Garmin's announcement of new capabilities for G1000-equipped King Airs, and Team AeroDynamix expanding its partnership with Whelen Aviation to provide lighting kits for homebuilt aircraft. Two companies celebrated milestone birthdays, with Zenair Limited turning 40 and Executive Flyers Aviation turning 50. More

Video: Sarasota Avionics Profile »

Not even a decade ago, avionics shops competed with factories in repairing radios and equipment. But flat-rate repairs killed that market, and shops like Sarasota Avionics have reinvented their business model to provide flat-rate installs. More

Podcast: Financing for ADS-B Equipage »

A private-public partnership administered by the Aircraft Electronics Association will provide loans to those who need money to upgrade their aircraft to meet the ADS-B mandate. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with AEA President Paula Derks on how the program works and how AEA hopes it will streamline the transition to NextGen. More

AVmail: January 13, 2014 »

Tom Brusehaver writes: "Garmin's comments are just silly. They don't want to use open standards because then they would have to admit there are things that might be better than what they have. A bunch of years ago, some large computer manufacturer said, 'Don't get locked into open systems,' and that large computer manufacturer doesn't make much hardware anymore. Buying an all-in-one system is a way to make sure you spend $50,000 or more every 10-15 years on your airplane. The new systems are rarely slide-in replacements for old avionics. Garmin's recent comment about the GNS 430 going obsolete will now get people who put two of them in their panel to have to spend at least $50,000 to replace them both. If one fails, they need a Band-Aid until they get a big chunk of the panel reworked." Click through to read the rest of this letter and other mail from AVweb readers. More

Avionics Outlook: Competition, Lower Costs »

If the Part 23 rewrite doesnít lower costs, the struggling market might have to rely on increased competition and simpler products to get it done. More