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September 14, 2011

Garmin Puts 3D Vision And Touchscreen Functionality In Portable Devices

Unveils The aera 796 And 795 Portable Touchscreen Aviation Navigators

Garmin has rolled out its new flagship portable aviation product, the aera 796, which  incorporates the popular features of the GPSMAP 696, while also adding new capabilities such as a touchscreen user interface, pilot-selectable screen orientation and 3D Vision. The aera 796 also takes the pilot one step closer to a paperless cockpit with a digital document viewer, scratch pad and pre-loaded geo-referenced AeroNav IFR and VFR enroute charts.

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Aero-TV: An Airborne 'First Look' -- Garmin's New aera 795/796

Aero-TV AirBorne News Update Features Garmin's Latest Portable GPS/NAV System

Garmin has launched a new offensive in the portable avionics wars. Their latest salvo is a much updated new uber-portable to replace the Garmin 696 line. The aera 795 and 796 are a compelling upgrade. 3D Vision, Touchscreen, and a serious price cut means that Garmin is gearing up to take on the Aero-iPad industry. The $2499 aera 796 does everything the 696 did... but adds a touchscreen interface, pilot-selectable screen orientation and 3D Vision. The aera 796 also ups the ante with a digital document viewer, scratch pad and pre-loaded geo-referenced AeroNav IFR and VFR enroute charts.

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Sebring Airport Authority Receives $4.2 Million Federal Grant

Money Slated For Runway Reconstruction At Sebring Regional Airport

Sebring Airport Authority has received a $4,237,317 grant from the FAA to complete the reconstruction of Runway 18-36 at Sebring Regional Airport. Reconstruction includes the runway length extension of 1,476 feet to the north.

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Chattanooga FBO Asks For FAA Probe Into City Lease

TAC Air Claims City Is Playing Favorites With Wilson Air Service

An FBO operating at Chattanooga Metro Airport (KCHA) is asking the FAA to look into what it says is special treatment offered by the city to a competitor. TAC Air has been operating at KCHA since 2002. In August, Wilson Air Services began operating from a $5 million facility owned by the airport board.

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Tensions Peak At NJ Airport

TTF Fees Jump 900%, Runway Access Blocked By Tractor

What's it worth to have access to a municipal airport runway for tenants of your private hangar? There appears to be a considerable difference of opinion on that question between a private hangar business called the Taildragger Inn, and the landlord, the town council which administers the Hammonton Airport in New Jersey. A dramatic escalation in the gate fee has the hangar owner balking, so on September 3, the town blocked his runway access with a parked tractor.

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Senator May Attempt To Block Measure Containing FAA Extension

Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn Objects To Highway Provisions In the Bill

An Oklahoma Republican Senator says he may try to block a bill that includes an extensio of interim funding for the FAA over provisions for federal highway grants also in the measure. Congressional leaders have fairly quietly agreed to a bill that would extend the FAA's funding at 2007 levels through the end of January, 2012.

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