New This Week


AVweb’s search of aviation news worldwide found the first U.S. Vans RV-12 dealer, new avionics for experimental aircraft from Guardian Avionics and Garmin, and a reorganization for Dallas Airmotive. Chesapeake Sport Pilot flight school has earned the first Vans RV-12 dealership in the United States. The new dealership agreement allows Chesapeake Sport Pilot to sell new, factory-built RV-12 aircraft to customers. Van’s is also confident about the new arrangement: “Partnering with Chesapeake Sport Pilot will give customers a better opportunity to be introduced to the RV-12 locally.” Guardian Avionics is now shipping its Multi-Function Display system, the MFD 650, for installation in experimental aircraft panels. The purpose of the MFD 650 is to share information that is in front of the pilot with his passengers while creating a valuable record of flight data that can be stored in the cloud. Two to six iPads, mini-Pads, iPhones or iWatches will allow passengers to view synthetic reality, a moving map display, engine data or the pilot logbook when those devices are connected to a Garmin GPS and an electronic engine monitor.

Garmin International announced the GPS 20A, an ADS-B Out compliant WAAS GPS position source for experimental amateur-built (EAB) and light sport aircraft (LSA). For experimental aircraft owners that already have a Mode S Extended Squitter (ES) transponder such as the GTX 23ES, the non-certified GSP 20A provides aircraft owners with a simple, rule-compliant WAAS position source, which meets the TSO performance requirements set forth by the FAA. Dallas Airmotive, a BBA Aviation company, announced that it has realigned its rotorcraft sales organization to reflect the company’s renewed focus on turbine engine maintenance, repair and overhaul for the global helicopter industry. Henry Lisboa, a helicopter industry veteran with over 25 years’ experience, and Dallas Airmotive’s current Territorial Director for Latin America, will lead the company’s rotorcraft sales team for the Americas.