Aero-Heroes #6 -- Dan Schwinn and the Innovative Avidyne R9
SO... enter Avidyne (Rev. 2)... a
little bruised from having pioneered a whole new segment of GA
avionics and then lost market share to the 600 pound Olathe gorilla
(Garmin) and their immense resources -- as well as mis-steps
they made in service and support that cast a pallor over the
company for several years. Avidyne's Dan Schwinn realized that his
company needed a second chance... and needed to make sure that THIS
TIME, they were able to not only raise the bar, but to kick it
totally over the heads of the rest of the competition.
Aero-Heartbreaker #6: eAPIS and CBP Nonsense
One of the beauties of General and Business Aviation is not just
our ability to fly in pursuit of personal enrichment or commercial
interests, but the fact that we can benefit our businesses and our
nation through interfacing with interests and businesses across the
border. This nation receiecves powerful benefits from those
companies that utilize aviation to pump up our side of the balance
of trade by reaching across borders to find business opportunities,
sell our services, build partnerships, and conduct American
business outside of our borders.
Aero-Heroes #7 -- John Uczekaj and Aspen Design Team
To those of you who use your airplanes for real-live
transportation, especially when the weather heads for the deck, the
quality of one's instrumentation has never been more critical. And
along with the criticality of said panels, and the search for
solutions that fit a pilot's needs, comes the ever-delicate
balancing act between getting the capabilities you need for a price
you can afford.
BendixKing/Honeywell AV8OR ACE
To many, the portable GPS market seemed to have been "owned" by
a single major company... until Honeywell's BendixKing group
decided to take on the market with a design that not only keeps up,
competitively, but adds some new tricks to the works.
Aero-Heartbreaker #7: Airspace Restrictions
As previously mentioned, we spent a lot of time in American
airspace in 2009. One of the things that became quite noticeable to
us this year -- even more so than in years past -- was the fact
that our airspace is becoming more and more limited by the day. It
is becoming overtly difficult to not only keep track of TFRs, but
the constant grab for special use airspace, and the fact that
virtually the entire nation now features virtually no uncontrolled
airspace of any import, makes today's aviators tasks a difficult
General Aviation is the foundation of our industry. So many of
the pilots that come to ANN every day fly general aviation
airplanes. This year, there were significant developments in
regulations, intrigue coming from pilot's associations, and new
FAA Master Rigger Allen Silver Shares His Best
Parachute Safety Tips
Internationally recognized as one of the world’s premiere
parachute experts, Allen Silver has been an FAA Master Rigger since
1974. Designated as a Parachute Rigger Examiner for the FAA
in 1991, he now serves as chairman of the Parachute Industry
Association (PIA) Rigging Committee.
Mark Twombly Introduces the Leading Seaplane
Nothing in aviation emulates a sense of freedom and relaxing
retreat more than the seaplane culture; the ability to take a
weekend excursion to a far-off fishing lake or quiet lagoon
inspires many to join the adventurous lifestyle of the seaplane
Chris Elliott and Steven Frischling were visited by TSA Special
Agents armed with DHS subpoenas after separately posting the TSA
Security Directive 1544-09-06 sent out on December 25 after the
Christmas Day bombing attempt.
Call Renewed After Incident On Northwest Airlines Flight
In the aftermath of a potentially catastrophic terrorist attack
on American soil, CAPA is calling on TSA to close glaring loopholes
in the aviation security system more than eight years after the
terrorist attacks of 9/11.
The Japanese government is considering a massive restructuring
of Japan Air Lines (JAL) that would strip the carrier of its
international operations in hopes that it could survive as a
domestic carrier. The international routes would be absorbed by
rival All Nippon Airways (ANA).
Under The Hood
Indicates that the pilot is using a hood to restrict visibility
outside the cockpit while simulating instrument flight. An
appropriately rated pilot is required in the other control
seat while this operation is being conducted.
Aero-Linx: Flight Delay
Information - Air Traffic Control System Command
Welcome to the Air Traffic Control System Command
Center's real-time airport status page. This page lists
all major U.S. airports that are either experiencing delays or are
affected by a traffic management initiative.
"It should now be obvious to all that the security
procedures forced upon us by the TSA and Homeland Security have in
fact turned out to be the facade that we all knew them to be. The
latest TSA knee-jerk response is more of the same; however the
company and the flight crews have no choice but to comply.
Therefore we are asking all crews, both international and domestic,
to be at a heightened state of security awareness."
Source: A portion of a Security Committee
message transmitted to the members of a major airline's pilots
union on December 31st, 2009.