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Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Garmin Making Inroads Into The Experimental Market

Team X Introduces New G3X Touch 7-Inch Touchscreen Display Option And Connext Cockpit Connectivity for Experimental Aircraft

Garmin has unveiled a new 7-inch G3X Touch display option for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft. The new high-resolution infrared touchscreen display compliments the existing 10.6-inch G3X Touch system, offering new panel design options and redundancy. All G3X Touch displays support Connext cockpit connectivity between avionics and mobile devices featuring wireless flight plan transfer capabilities and more.

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Wed, Jul 23, 2014

U.S. House Hearing Will Examine State Of U.S. Aviation Manufacturing

Witness List Includes AEA's Blakey, GAMA's Bunce

The Aviation Subcommittee of the U.S. House Transportation Committee, chaired by Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), will hold a hearing Wednesday to review the state of American aviation manufacturing, including economic health and challenges facing the industry.

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Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Five To Receive $1,000 Toward An ADS-B Upgrade

AEA Making Awards Through Random Drawings At Oshkosh

To help incentivize owners of GA aircraft to meet the FAA's ADS-B Out mandate, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) will randomly award five aircraft owners with $1,000 toward an ADS-B compliant upgrade.

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Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Appeals Court Says FAA May Not Prevent Texas EquuSearch From Using Drones

Once Again, A Federal Judges Has Ruled That The FAA Cannot Stop The Use Of Commercial Drones Unless They Are Enforcing Published Regulations ... The FAA Has A Differing Opinion

Earlier this year ANN published a story about Texas EquuSearch, a nonprofit organization that helps local authorities search for missing persons. Texas EquuSearch had begun using drones to enhance their search ability in remote areas and rough terrain. The FAA had notified Texas EquuSearch by e-mail that their use of a drone was in fact a commercial operation and they were not allowed to do it under the threat of fines levied by the FAA.

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Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Garmin Releases GTN’s Fifth Major Update

Adds Capability With Connext Cockpit Connectivity, WireAware, Additional Features

Garmin has introduced additional enhancements and new features for the GTN touchscreen avionics. New capabilities include Connext cockpit connectivity, which supports wireless flight plan transfer between the GTN 750/650 series navigators and Garmin Pilot.

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Wed, Jul 23, 2014

FAA Issues SAIB For Certain Piper Aircraft

Some PA-46 Models May Develop Cracks In Engine Mount Where NLG Attaches

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin pertaining to certain Piper Models PA-46-310P, PA-46-350P, PA-46R-350T, and PA-46-500TP airplanes. The SAIB indicates that the airplane may develop cracks in the engine mount where both the nose landing gear (NLG) trunnion and the NLG actuator attach.

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Wed, Jul 23, 2014

General Aviation Investment Capital: Still Tight But Loosening

Analyst Brian Foley Says Big Investors Are Flocking To GA Companies

It may come as a surprise that there’s actually an overabundance of big investors literally tripping over one another to provide growth capital to general aviation companies or buy them. The discouraging fact is that they all seem to be cut from the same cloth, requiring the firm to have a good $20 million in annual revenues and $5 million in profits known as EBITDA.

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Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Garmin Introduces The New Flight Stream 110/210

Enhances Connext With Wireless Cockpit Connectivity To Mobile Devices

Garmin has unveiled an expanded Connext portfolio of products and features, to include wireless connectivity between select Garmin avionics and Garmin Pilot on an iPad/iPhone and certain Android mobile devices. When paired with compatible Garmin avionics, the Flight Stream 110 can share weather, traffic, GPS information, SiriusXM Aviation weather and SiriusXM satellite radio on mobile devices operating Garmin Pilot.

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Tue, Jul 22, 2014

City Of Kissimmee, FL Welcomes New Aviation College

Aviator College Of Aeronautical Science & Technology To Open At Kissimmee Gateway Airport

The City of Kissimmee’s Economic Development Office has announced that Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology, will open a new campus at Kissimmee Gateway Airport in central Florida in early 2015. This Kissimmee facility will offer airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanics classes that go towards preparation of FAA A&P certifications.

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