Garmin announces GDL 50 portable ADS-B receiver

Garmin GDL 50Garmin announced the GDL 50 today -- a portable device capable of receiving Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) traffic and weather, GPS and aircraft attitude1 information for display on select portables and mobile devices. A remote-mount version of the GDL 50, the GDL 50R, is also available. Exclusive features such as TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic further enhance the ADS-B traffic picture and are unique to Garmin products. Wireless and hardwired compatibility of the GDL 50/50R includes the G3X™ Touch glass flight display, the aera® 660 and aera 795/796 aviation portables, as well as wireless connectivity with the Garmin Pilot™ app on Apple and Android mobile devices. Continue reading "Garmin announces GDL 50 portable ADS-B receiver"

Homebuilts Soar!

The annual Soaring Society of America convention is underway in Reno, Nevada, and since there are (and always have been) homebuilt sailplanes, we felt it worth the trip so see what's going on in the quieter part of our industry. The first thing to note is that not all sailplanes are that quiet!

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FAA Privatization plan dropped from House bill

ATC privatization has been removed from an FAA reauthorization bill in the House of Representatives, scoring a victory for general aviation against a powerful, well-financed lobby that sought to give control of the national air traffic system to the country's largest airlines. Continue reading "FAA Privatization plan dropped from House bill"

Sonex Aircraft Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Launches New Web Site and a Big Sale Too!

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of Sonex Aircraft! On February 28, 1998, John Monnett lifted-off from Wittman Regional Airport [KOSH] in Oshkosh, WI in a completely new aircraft: Sonex serial number 1, or SX1. While certainly not the beginning of veteran homebuilt aircraft designer, builder and pilot John Monnett's journey, the first flight of SX1 marked the beginning of the Sonex Story for us and thousands of others worldwide. Continue reading "Sonex Aircraft Celebrates 20th Anniversary"

Experimental Roots

vashon ranger

I got a chance to fly a new airplane that - while not experimental itself (it's a production SLSA), its roots run deep in our world. The airplane - the Ranger by Vashon Aircraft - is designed for the training market, powered by the old reliable O-200, and was designed by Ken Kruger, former chief engineer for Van's Aircraft.  Ken was the engineering force behind a number of today's most popular aircraft kits, and now serves as an independent design consultant. Vashon Aircraft  - a sister company to Dynon Avionics - hired him to create the Ranger, and the aircraft is poised to go into production in the near future. Continue reading "Experimental Roots"

Large Hydraulics

schweiss hydraulic door

Oh heck--no, it's not an airplane part, and I wasn't cruising along at altitude, trying to stay awake - but it is definitely aviation related, since its part of our new workshop, so let's talk about large hydraulics that require gallons of fluid - and bleeding is a matter of pumping enough fluid to empty a four gallon reservoir. Along with working on airplanes, we've been slowly building a shop addition to our hangar, and part of that addition includes a hangar door big enough to roll airplanes in and out for work. Design restriction meant we needed to keep the building low, so the outside wall could only fit a nine-foot high door. Continue reading "Large Hydraulics"