Dual releases new portable ADS-B receiver

Dual XGPS190

Most pilots know the Dual Electronics company for their small, red, wireless GPS receiver – one of the first Bluetooth GPS accessories to hit the market after the introduction of the iPad. They followed up this product with a low-cost ADS-B receiver, the Dual XGPS170, that delivered ADS-B weather and single-band (978 MHz) traffic to apps like WingX Pro and FltPlan Go.

Fast forward to today, where pilots are looking to get more out of their ADS-B receivers to keep up with the advanced features available in the popular EFB apps. To meet this expectation, Dual recently released an upgraded model of their ADS-B receiver, the Dual XGPS190, that does a lot more than GPS and weather.

What’s new in the Dual XGPS 190
Dual XGPS190

The Dual XGPS190 has the same size and shape as the original XGPS170.

The new Dual XGPS190 is very similar in size and shape to its predecessor, and the only way you can tell them apart is the labeling on the case. It features the same reliable internal GPS antenna and ADS-B weather receiver, delivering the entire suite of weather imagery and text weather products to compatible apps. Of note, the GPS can be used for non-aviation apps.

The first hardware upgrade in the box improves ADS-B traffic reception, since it now features a dual band (978 and 1090 MHz) antenna. Aircraft flying either internationally or above 18,000′ are required to have a 1090 MHz ADS-B out transponder, so the ability to see airplanes with both types of transponders will be especially noticeable when flying at higher atltitudes, in busy terminal airspace and outside the U.S.

Next, the Dual XGPS190 adds an integrated attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) that automatically senses pitch, bank and magnetic heading. This will be useful in apps like WingX Pro that offer a backup attitude display and synthetic vision.

Specifications

Like the other Dual wireless iPad accessories, the XGPS190 uses Bluetooth to connect up to 2 devices simultaneously. The internal battery lasts for 5 hours of continuous operation, and the receiver can be charged with the included 12–30V cigarette lighter adapter or wall charger. Included with the receiver is a non-slip dash pad to keep it secure on the glareshield. It is compatible with WingX Pro, FltPlan Go, AerovieReports, FlyQ and WSI Pilot Brief Optima for iOS, and Avare, AvNav EFB, FlightPro, iFlyGPS and Naviator for Android.

The Dual XGPS190 is shipping now and available for order here.

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Global growth phenomenon

The newest generation of aircraft includes the Tecnam Astore (Photo by Philip

Now that 2015 has entered the history books, we will slowly begin to see statistics for the year. My guess is that most aviation media will completely miss one of the big picture perspectives.

This oversight does not represent a knowledge failure, but instead reflects a U.S-centric focus on general aviation.

In the world of conventionally-certified aircraft, such a viewpoint is correct. An estimated 80% of the world’s such aircraft are produced and used in America.

However, beyond our shores lies an international gold mine for small aircraft producers.

Certified aircraft, including Cirrus and Bonanzas, currently make up the majority of the U.S. fleet. (Photo by Bob Terry)

Certified aircraft, including Cirrus and Bonanzas, currently make up the majority of the U.S. fleet. (Photo by Bob Terry)

Here’s a factoid: According to reports from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, 986 new single engine piston aircraft entered service during 2014, the most recent year for which such figures are known. However, around 3,000 new Light-Sport, Very Light, or Microlight aircraft were delivered.

Upside Down

We’ve known for a long time that elsewhere on the planet, ratios are reversed. In the USA, 80% or so of all aircraft delivered are Type Certified … Cessnas, Cirruses, Pipers, Diamonds, Mooneys, and the like. Only about 20% are Light-Sport, kit-built aircraft, Part 103s, or aircraft such as sailplanes.

Outside the USA, however, the situation is the opposite. Only 20% of all aircraft carry government certification, while 80% of the airplanes pilots fly are what can generically be called recreational. Overwhelmingly these are two seaters and the approval for their operation often comes from government-sanctioned aero clubs.

The method of gaining approval varies by country, a fact that also makes tracking exact aircraft counts very challenging. However, significant forward progress came with the FAA’s acceptance of ASTM International standards.

An industry group devised the approval prescriptions and these are now accepted by aviation authorities in many countries.

The newest generation of aircraft includes the Tecnam Astore (Photo by Philip

The newest generation of aircraft includes the Tecnam Astore. (Photo by Philip Whitman)

Before ASTM, a category referred to as “microlights” gained traction around the globe. Both systems continue. Both enjoy good safety records.

With avgas selling for more than $10 a gallon where offered and with availability a major challenge in many countries, engines that can operate on automobile fuel have earned loyal followings. The Rotax BRP company headquartered in Austria has cornered about 75% of the light aircraft market. This is true in the U.S. as well because its 9-series engines run on avgas, mogas, or any mixture of the two, making for great fuel versatility.

Countries and Totals

Nations boasting the largest number of aircraft trail far behind the USA, but with 200 countries, the figures add up quickly.

Through conversations with many pilots at airshows, I am keenly aware that Americans tend not to think much about aviation in other countries. That statement is less accurate when talking to recreational aviators, as many of them own an aircraft produced overseas. Regardless, the international market is large and growing faster than any other segment.

By my best research, I estimate a worldwide population of light aircraft to include Light-Sport, Very Light, or Microlight aircraft at more than 50,000. Nearly all of these have been manufactured in the last 25 years, while the average age of an American type certified aircraft is now 38.2 years. The U.S. general aviation single engine piston fleet adds up to more than 137,000 aircraft.

Single engine piston type certified aircraft will dominate for years to come, thanks significantly to high build rates in the so-called Golden Age of Aviation, the 1950s to mid-‘70s. Even if the delivery ratio of three recreational aircraft to one TC holds far into the future, it will be 30 or 40 years before their numbers overtake the old guard.

What might be called “greater Europe” is the largest territory for recreational aircraft. Sailplane gliders in Germany alone are a major force, but the Continent has a rich history of embracing sport aircraft. Many readers may recall that the Allies forbade Germany from making powered aircraft for years at the end of World War II. That prohibition may have been a major stimulus for the growth of gliders first and then light aircraft created outside the established aircraft manufacturing system.

The EU accounts for around 40% of worldwide totals, with more than 20,000 light aircraft flying. To compare, even when combining LSA and all Experimental (homebuilt) aircraft in the USA — a major and steadily growing segment — Europe alone is nearly equal. Leaders in Europe include Germany, Italy, France, England, and the Czech Republic, but every country adds to the total. Scandinavian countries add hundreds more.

Outside European countries, South Africa adds more than 6,000, Canada has more than 7,000, while Australia and New Zealand add another 5,000 or so. Aviation interest remains high in Brazil, while Asian countries bring growing counts of aircraft nation by nation.

Two countries are still very small in the tallies of aircraft and pilots, but change is expected. China and India are home to a third of the world’s people and both are embracing aviation like never before.

We’ve observed what China can accomplish with infrastructure and airports in their plans right now. Given the government’s blessing and a push by a growing middle class, the country could bloom like few nations we’ve ever seen. In 10 or 20 years, the aviation firmament may include many Chinese pilots.

India is not progressing as fast, but its military recently contracted for some 200 Light-Sport aircraft trainers built by Slovenian LSA prime mover, Pipistrel.

What About Pilots?

All the preceding discussion is about aircraft. The figures regarding pilot populations still significantly favors the USA.

A major German airshow, Aero Friedrichshafen, has estimated worldwide pilot numbers at something north of 1 million. Of such a figure, the USA has well over half. A third of all Yankee pilots live in California, Florida, and Texas.

Some of the best news about pilots in America is that while the largest age section is the 50-64 group (at close to 180,000), the second largest group (174,000) is aged 20-35. Such interest from a younger cohort suggests that airline pilot shortage we persistently hear about has a solution coming up through the ranks.

While striving for accuracy, solid and reliable statistics are devilishly hard to obtain and are subject to all sorts of inconsistencies. Yet no matter how you cut it, light and sport aircraft are a very substantial sector of the worldwide family of aircraft.

Given entry by emerging aviation countries like China and India with their immense populations, the light-sport, recreational segment looks to remain aviation’s growth sector.

A great deal of information about recreational aircraft is available at ByDanJohnson.com and market specific articles. Most content is free.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comGlobal growth phenomenon

Southeast Aviators takes off

Pilots at the first meeting of the Southeast Aviators

Two Greenville, S.C., pilots have joined forces to create a new group for minority pilots called Southeast Aviators.

While a relatively new pilot — he got his private ticket in April — Theron Burton has been fascinated with flight since he was a child. A ride in a neighbor’s plane when he was just 12 ignited the fire for him to finally pursue his certificate last year.

But he noticed one thing at the airport: There weren’t a lot of other minority pilots.One day when he was preflighting his Cessna 182 at the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center, home of the old Donaldson Airport in Greenville, he saw another black pilot, Clint Thompson.

Theron Burton

Theron Burton

“That was the first time I saw another black pilot out on the airfield,” Burton said. “He came over and we started to chat.”

The two exchanged phone numbers and eventually decided to start a networking group for minority pilots and aviation enthusiasts.

The first meeting, held at Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU), attracted about 15 people. While most were pilots, there were also aircraft mechanics and aviation enthusiasts. While many were from the local area, there were also people from other parts of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida.

Pilots at the first meeting of the Southeast Aviators

Pilots at the first meeting of the Southeast Aviators

“There was obviously a need for this type of a club,” Burton noted. “Once I put it out there, there was a lot of good response. There are a lot of pilots who want to be involved.”

He hopes the group will become active in flying together to local fly-ins and the weekly South Carolina Breakfast Club outings, as well as the bigger shows like SUN ’n FUN and Oshkosh.

“There’s not a lot of minority pilots at these shows,” he said.

And he hopes the group will help get more minorities, including kids, involved in aviation.

First meeting

First meeting

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, 97% of pilots in the aviation industry are white, while just 2% are black, and 1% Asian. The breakdown for general aviation pilots wasn’t available.

While the new group is focused on minorities, Burton noted that “all pilots are welcome.”

That includes pilots of all races and ethnicities, as well as all pilots who live in the southeastern part of the U.S.

“We don’t want to be just a local group,” he said.

It also includes pilots of all experience levels, from students to veterans who have been flying decades.

“That was one of the main reasons I wanted to start this group,” Burton said. “Once I got my private pilot certificate, I wanted to have places to go, but I didn’t want to fly to Oshkosh by myself, for example.”

He noted he and some other members of the group are also planning a fly-out to the Bahamas.

“That’s a trip I would never do myself as a low-time pilot,” he said. “But it would be great to go with a group of pilots with lots of experience.”

To learn more about the group, check out its Facebook page at Facebook.com/SEAviators.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comSoutheast Aviators takes off

Overhaul Bids makes pricing public

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What does an average engine overhaul cost? Now you can see actual numbers from projects that have gone through OverhaulBids.com.

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Alan Depauw, Overhaul Bids founder, said jokingly, “Don’t ask me how long it took to do this. I’d rather forget.”

“We already have a complete directory of all overhaul shops in the country and wanted to give people a price list too,” he continued.

The price lists are a great way for anyone looking to buy an aircraft, or just for long term budgeting, he adds.

For those who need their engine overhauled within the next six months, Overhaul Bids just launched a new feature to get quotes in an easy to understand apples and apples comparison.

“After quoting the first $15 million of overhaul projects, we know what to look for when comparing quotes to one another, but the average person doesn’t,” Depauw said. “So we spent thousands of dollars and hundreds of programming hours to build a matrix comparison structure that includes all the major factors needed to compare options and find the best value.”

Upgrades are offered in two levels: Premium ($49.99) and Top Gun ($99.99). Both have the same display of quotes, but Top Gun allows the whole thing to be exported to Excel so the user can add local options to a spreadsheet and make modifications. Also with Top Gun, the user gets Depauw’s cell phone number for unlimited support.

“We’re finding that 25% of our projects are upgrading and they are really happy with the support,” he said.

“One example of someone who upgraded to Top Gun saw the value in it right away,” he reported. “He had a cracked case and in five minutes I made contact with him to get pictures. Once I had the pictures, I forwarded them to all my shops and he got nine different opinions on whether or not it was repairable. I took the phone calls and discussed the situation with my shops so he didn’t have to. Within two days he had five quotes and after several phone conversations we had options customized to his changing situation as more info came in. According to him, it was worth every penny. He said he wanted to look his wife in the eye and say that he has considered all options.”

When Overhaul Bids first started, quotes looked like this:

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Now with the new upgrade feature you can get quotes like this:

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Source: http://generalaviationnews.comOverhaul Bids makes pricing public

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