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The ultimate panel upgrade decision: EFIS or Autopilot?

Hang around with a bunch of pilots long enough and the talk will inevitably turn to avionics upgrades. Sure, we all fantasize about a panel full of the latest, and coolest avionics. But, realistically how may of us can afford that? When the reality of a budget does come into play, the choice is often between EFIS or an autopilot upgrade. But who says you have to choose?

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The ups-and-downs of autopiltot troubleshooting.

In an earlier blog, I - well, actually our Test Pilot, Chad Howard - answered a few questions on autopilot operations that came up at AERO Friedrichshafen. While operational questions were the majority, we did get a few pertaining to troubleshooting a particular issue called "pitch porposing."

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Safer flying starts with smarter training tools.

I get a lot of responses and comments on my blogs (thank you), but some seem to attract more attention than others. One of those was a recent one that featured our Lead Trainer and Pilot Documentation Specialist Greg Schmidt about EFIS software updates.

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Do new Avionics add "value"?

Value is in the eye of the beholder...

Sure as I’m writing this, I can bet you the question I’ll get asked the most at all this year’s aviation events will be, “How much will adding a new autopilot increase the value of my airplane?”

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What it takes to earn a FAA STC

I love it when I get emails and phone calls from our friends and customers asking various Genesys Aerosystems company questions. And one I seem to get a lot is: What does it take for Genesys Aerosystems to earn an FAA STC (Supplemental Type Certificate)?

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No matter how you measure it, Heli-EXPO 2017 was huge.

I promised you in a recent blog that Genesys Aerosystems had some really big news to share at Heli-EXPO 2017. Well, in case you haven’t seen the write ups, here it is: MD Helicopters has selected our Integrated Display Units (IDUs) for three of its new helicopter models – the MD 902 Explorer, the MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopter and the all-new MD 6XX concept aircraft.

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Heli-Expo preview...this one's going to be special.

You’ve probably picked up on this from my earlier blogs, but I really enjoy attending the various industry trade shows. Sure they’re a lot of work, but I think they’re an invaluable resource. Aviation is built on networking and there’s no better place than trade shows.

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Tips from the trainers: Software updates

We get a lot of requests from our Genesys Aerosystems friends and customers to share insights into how to get the most from today’s avionics and cockpit displays. And like seemingly everything in our modern lives, a lot of that information revolves around software and software updates.

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HeliSAS receives a 2016 Rotorcraft Pro Innovations Award.

Just as 2016 was spooling down, we got the great news that our Helicopter Stability Augmentation System – HeliSAS – received the fourth place award in Rotorcraft Pro Media Network’s annual Top 10 Rotorcraft Pro 2016 Innovators, recognizing innovative products and services used by the helicopter industry.

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Looking forward into 2017...

Everyone looks at the New Year in a different way: I for one have always liked the promise that comes with the turn of the calendar. It’s like starting a new book: each page builds the story and where will that story take you?

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