SportairUSA, an Arkansas-based distributor of sport aircraft and avionics, is now a dealer for Adventure Pilot’s iFly GPS, the 7-inch touchscreen moving map designed for general aviation pilots.
The Flightstar Corp. of Savoy, Ill., recently purchased the assets of Bloomington Avionics Inc. of Bloomington, Ill. The staff at Bloomington Avionics, as well as its complete line of services, will now operate from Flightstar’s FBO facility at Champaign-Urbana’s University of Illinois-Willard Airport (CMI).
VoiceFlight Systems has received an FAA Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the VFS101, allowing it to be installed on almost all types of general aviation aircraft under 6,000 lbs. maximum takeoff weight (MTOW). With this approval the VFS101 can be installed into hundreds of aircraft models with Garmin systems without requiring field approval from local Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO).
The FAA’s ambitious ATC modernization effort known as the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) faces an unsettled 2012 and beyond after a number of setbacks in 2011, including federal budgetary concerns, the abrupt resignation of FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt after a drunk driving arrest, and more, according to a report at Aviation International News.
Sandel Avionics has received FAA TSO certification for a roll steering software upgrade in its 3-ATI SN3500 and 4-ATI SN4500 Primary Navigation Displays. The pilot-selectable feature works with an aircraft’s autopilot or flight director and compatible GPS or FMS unit to automatically make smooth, hands-off turns while flying a sequence of GPS waypoints, company officials explain.
Experienced people make a difference — no one knows that better than Rick Otto and Richard Delman, vice presidents of Otto Instrument Service, Inc., which was recently featured in the Contra Costa Times as the company celebrates its 65th anniversary.