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New ADS-B receivers announced

Bad Elf Dual ADS-B

There is no shortage of portable ADS-B receivers currently available for iPad pilots, and the market is about to get a little more crowded with the announcement of 3 new portable receivers from two well-known iPad GPS accessory manufacturers. Both Dual Electronics and Bad Elf announced last week that they are developing new portable ADS-B weather and traffic receivers that will be compatible with a wide selection of iPad apps.

The new Bad Elf ADS-B receiver will be available Summer 2016.

The new Bad Elf ADS-B receivers will be available Summer 2016.

Bad Elf ADS-B

Most pilots today are familiar with the Bad Elf line of portable GPS receivers, which enable full navigation and moving map capabilities within aviation apps. The company announced last week that they are expanding into the portable ADS-B market as well, with plans to develop two new models.

Bad Elf’s goal is to make ADS-B receivers more affordable, aiming to sell their entry-level model at an initial price of $299. A second version is also planned with AHRS (to display aircraft attitude), which will start at $449.

What makes Bad Elf’s approach unique is that they are going the Kickstarter crowdfunding route, a method not often seen in the aviation industry. This allows pilots to pledge anywhere from $10 to $5,000 to support the product development.

In return for this early investment, you will be one of the first to receive a receiver when they hit the market. This is also the only way to secure the lower prices of $299 for the base model and $449 for the model with AHRS, which will eventually go up when they officially go on sale.

Bad Elf plans to have the two new portable ADS-B receivers available for sale in the Summer of 2016, and will be compatible with apps like FltPlan.com, WingX Pro, JeppFD and FlyQ. Learn more about the Kickstarter campaign here: Bad Elf ADS-B receivers.

The Dual XGPS190 includes a dual-band traffic receiver a AHRS for attitude information.

The Dual XGPS190 includes a dual-band traffic receiver and AHRS for attitude information.

Dual XGPS190

Like Bad Elf, Dual made its name in the iPad accessory business by offering a selection of portable GPS receivers for mobile devices. Dual was one of the first companies to offer a reliable wireless GPS around the same time the iPad debuted and was a big hit among pilots. They entered the ADS-B market about 4 years ago with the Dual XGPS170, an affordable weather, traffic and GPS receiver that works with a wide variety of iPad apps.

Their newest model, the XGPS190 ADS-B receiver, expands on the capabilities of the XGPS170 by adding a dual-band traffic receiver, allowing the device to receive traffic location from aircraft that have either a 978 or 1090 MHz ADS-B out transponder (the XGPS170 only receives traffic on the 978 MHz band).

The XGPS190 also incorporates an AHRS sensor in the device, allowing you to display pitch and bank information – or optional synthetic vision – in compatible apps. The XGPS190 will retail for $849 and will be available by the end of December. Check out more information on the receiver here: Dual XGPS190 ADS-B Receiver.

Source: Ipad appsNew ADS-B receivers announced

There’s still time to send in your photos

We’re still on the look-out for photos for our December print issues, which will feature The Year in Pictures. We want to run the best shots from 2015 from our readers. Photo also may be considered for Picture of the Day online.

Email your photo — and be sure to include specifics like where it was taken, the plane description, and the full name of anyone in the photo — to Editor Janice Wood.

Note: Please send the largest file size you have available. Bigger is better.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comThere’s still time to send in your photos

Picture of the day: Next generation linemen

Karine Brown web

Mom Karine Brown took this picture of twins Alex Brown and Christian Brown, sons of Jay Brown and grandsons of Hank Brown of the Greenville Jet Center at Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU) in South Carolina.
The next generation of line service refueling technicians, Alex wears hearing protection due to the “noise” from the non-turbojet pedaling aircraft his brother is making.

Karine Brown web

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comPicture of the day: Next generation linemen

National Aviation Hall of Fame reveals Class of 2016

During last week’s National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas, the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) revealed the names of the four individuals who have been elected for enshrinement at its annual formal ceremony next October in Dayton.

Each year, the NAHF Board of Nominations, a voting body comprised of more than 120 aviation professionals nationwide, selects a handful of nominated air and space pioneers to be recognized for their achievements. Since its founding in 1962, 229 men and women have been honored.

The NAHF Class of 2016 includes:

  • Capt. Robert L. Crippen, USN (Ret), a former Naval Aviator who later joined the NASA astronaut corps, piloting the first NASA Space Shuttle mission, STS-1, and three others before transitioning to Shuttle mission director roles.
  • The late Col. George “Bud” Day, USAF (Ret), a Marines Corps combat veteran of World War II who became an Air Force fighter pilot in Korea and S.E. Asia; he was shot down and spent 67 months as Vietnam War POW, earning the Medal of Honor.
  • Christopher “Chris” Kraft, Jr., a NACA aeronautical engineer who became NASA’s first flight director, creating, implementing and directing its Mission Control Center for manned space flight programs.
  • Tom Poberezny, two-time former aerobatic champion and airshow performer who later served as president, chairman and CEO of the Experimental Aircraft Association. He established the EAA Young Eagles program to encourage youth to become pilots.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comNational Aviation Hall of Fame reveals Class of 2016

Two Week Wonder program debuts

3 planes

Plane-Crafters has introduced the Two Week Wonder program, an accelerated plane-building experience for owners and pilots who want to complete a new Zenith aircraft in record time.

Designed for busy people, the new Build-Center offers pilots the opportunity to assemble and taxi their own self-built sport aircraft after just two weeks of workshop time.

“We know and have demonstrated that Zenith kits are quick and easy to build,” says Matt Heintz, Zenair CEO and son of light aircraft designer Chris Heintz, “so we are not surprised that Plane-Crafters is basing its Two-Week-Wonder programs on our popular two-seat Zodiac and STOL designs.”

3 planesThe two-week programs at Plane-Crafters put the owner-builder in charge of the assembly process, but surrounds him with several experienced hands-on assistants at all times. This removes time-consuming hesitations and guess-work from the process, according to company officials.

By the end of the program, the engine is fired up and the owner can taxi the completed plane onto the adjacent taxiway. The aircraft can then be taken home for paint, cabin interior and final paperwork in preparation for the first flight.

Completed aircraft can be operated in the Experimental/Amateur-built (E-AB) category once final inspection and registration has been completed.

Three different Zenith Aircraft models can be assembled through this program: The CH 750 STOL and CRUZER models, as well as the low-wing Zodiac CH 650. A variety of engine choices are possible, as well as a customized panel.

Price for an aircraft built through the Plane-Crafters program will vary depending on engine, avionics and installed options, but most will be within the $100,000 range, company officials note.

To promote the program, Zenith is offering a $10,000 discount on advanced avionics packages.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comTwo Week Wonder program debuts

General Electric : GE Capital Aviation Services Announces Delivery of 500th Boeing Airplane

SEATTLE, Nov. 21, 2015– GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced the delivery of the 500thBoeing airplane to the lessor. The Next-Generation 737-800 will be leased to Kenya Airways and is the 401st737 delivered to GECAS.
Source: bingGeneral Electric : GE Capital Aviation Services Announces Delivery of 500th Boeing Airplane