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What’s harder: Piloting an IFR helicopter or certifying avionics for a single-engine IFR helicopter?

I’m sure you’ve heard the old helicopter pilot adage that says flying a helicopter is like trying to pat your head while rubbing your stomach while standing on a beach ball. Well, maybe that’s not exactly how it goes, but you get my drift, and the comparison is pretty close to accurate.

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50’s are wild at AirVenture 2019

It’s Oshkosh AirVenture time again. I’m very fortunate to get to attend all of the major events, but Oshkosh just brings out the hardcore airplane geek in me. With over 10,000 airplanes and countless other displays and activities, there’s just so much to see and do – while keeping my job.

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S-TEC Autopilot Q&A

With a list of fantastic workload reducing and safety-enhancing capabilities like automatic trim, Envelope Protection/Alerting, Straight and Level recovery, the ability to fly precision and missed approaches, and a lot more, it’s no surprise that the new-generation Genesys Aerosystems S-TEC 3100 digital flight con

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Where have all the aviation professionals gone?

You can hardly visit a professional aviation website or attend an industry event without reading something about the gloomy state of the aviation industry’s future.

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YouTube: The go-to place for all things aviation.

I can’t tell you how many aviation tradeshows I’ve attended over the years: Oshkosh, Sun ‘n Fun, AERO, NBAA, EBACE and all the rest – they’re all starting to blur together. Not that I don’t enjoy going. Getting to talk to all of the current and prospective customers that come to our booth to “test fly” our EFIS and autopilots is the best part of any event.

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When it comes to autopilot STCs, the devil is in the details

There’s been a lot said recently about the process aircraft manufacturers go through to get new models certified. Some of it is accurate. Some (most) of it is so much hot air dispensed by people who have never flown an airplane. But, such is today’s media.

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How technology helps old aircraft get better.

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Having never owned an “old dog,” I have to figure they’re right. But what I do know is that whether it’s through modern engine/airframe improvements or new-generation digital avionics and systems upgrades, there is an increasing number of ways for operators teach an array of aging aircraft some amazing new tricks.

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When the FAA shuts down, we all do

I told you the blogs are back!  This topic is time-sensitive, which is why it is being sent so close to the one last week.  

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It’s 2019 and the Blogs are back!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2018 was indeed great, and that your 2019 will be even better. As for things around here at Genesys Aerosystems, 2018 was certainly a very busy year – so busy in fact that my blog series didn’t get the attention it deserved. But, I’ll get to that in a minute.

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Servos. If it ain’t broke…don’t fix it

As the autopilot experts, Genesys Aerosystems has designed, manufactured and sold over 40,000 autopilots in the last 40 years. Depending on the autopilot, there are between 1 to 4 servos installed in each system, which means there are over 100,000 servos flying. These are a combination of our standard servos which offer up to 75 in-lbs of torque and our heavy duty servos which provide up to 200 in-lbs of torq

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