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General aviation advocacy groups have united in their efforts to oppose the privatization of the nation’s air traffic control system, and on Tuesday in Washington, the Senate Appropriations subcommittee took their side. The subcommittee approved a spending bill that would allot $16.7 billion to the FAA, and rejected the proposal to spin off ATC functions to a nonprofit corporation. A House subcommittee had voted to support privatization, which is also supported by the White House. Read More
A mobile system developed by Gryphon Sensors, a company based in New York, “sets a new standard in drone security,” according to a news release today from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office. The system, called “Mobile Skylight,” features an array of self-contained multispectral sensors that provide three-dimensional detection of low-flying, small UAS at a distance of 6 miles. The system is contained in a rugged off-road-capable van. Read More
At AirVenture 2017, Trig Avionics introduced a low-cost ADS-B-compliant WAAS GPS receiver and lower-cost VHF comm radio. Read More
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Simulator maker Redbird has a production version of its Guided Independent Flight Training (GIFT) to Oshkosh. The system has been many years and several versions in the making, but is now for sale with 33 modules teaching basic flight, private-pilot maneuvers, and emergencies. Read More
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At AirVenture 2017, Massachusetts-based Approach Aviation announced FAA approval and production shipment of its FlexAlert multifunction panel annunciator. Read More
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Moving the Cafe Foundation’s annual symposium to Oshkosh was a success, executive director Yolanka Wulff told AVweb this week, and the event will return to the same venue next year. The symposium was previously held in California, but Cafe tried the move, reasoning that since most of their attendees also go to AirVenture, an Oshkosh site would make it easier for them to do both. The event was held at the University of Wisconsin Alumni Conference Center, just 10 minutes from the EAA grounds, on Saturday and Sunday. Read More
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A big show would have a lot of new stuff to satisfy our eternal hope for salvation. Sorry, not this year. Read More
As TruTrak and Trio race to earn STC approvals for their experimental autopilots, Garmin announced two new retrofit autopilots of its own nearly one week before the start of AirVenture 2017 at Oshkosh. The GFC500 is an entry-level, budget-based system that works with the G5 electronic flight display and the G600 is a higher-end system for high-performance piston singles, twins and turboprops. Aviation Consumer Magazine Editor Larry Anglisano flew with both systems at Garmin's flight ops headquarters in Kansas and prepared this video report. Read More
At AirVenture 2017, BendixKing showed up with three major products including an updated version of the previously announced KI300 EFIS, the new AeroCruze retrofit autopilot that's designed to replace legacy King autopilots, plus an Iridium-based satellite texting/SOS device. Aviation Consumer Magazine Editor Larry Anglisano took a look at the products with BendixKing's Jeff Kauffman and prepared this video report. Read More
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Many years ago we were on the ramp at Augusta Bush Field tuned in to ground frequency about to call for our clearance and heard this ... Cessna XYZ: Ground, Cessna XYZ requests taxi ... Ground: Cessna XYZ, do you have Charlie? ... Cessna XYZ: Uh, no. I'm solo today ... Ground: No, no, Cessna XYZ, do you have ATIS information Charlie? ... Cessna XYZ: Uh, Ground, I'm just a country boy. I don't know about that big city stuff ... After that, Ground just chuckled, gave him the information and cleared him on his way. Read More
As a bill proposing privatization goes through the legislative process, AVweb sought the opinions of industry veterans attending AirVenture 2017 on why it's a bad idea and what the alternatives might be. Read More

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