July 25, 2013
By Ian J. Twombly
Experimental and light sport aircraft avionics powerhouse Dynon Avionics announced this week it has purchased Advanced Flight Systems. The deal will further solidify Dynon as the leader in the non-certified market, while giving stability and cost relief to Advanced Flight Systems.
Dynon President Robert Hamilton is quick to point out that the companies will remain largely separate, with only manufacturing to eventually be integrated. Otherwise, sales, marketing, engineering, and support will remain in each operation's current home location. Hamilton said the separation will ensure customers are still given a choice in their avionics platforms.
The deal should be mutually beneficial for both companies. As the leading manufacturer in the Experimental and LSA markets, Dynon is able to obtain volume discounts with suppliers that Advanced Flight Systems previously hasn't had access to. And as a small and nimble operation, Hamilton said Advanced Flight Systems can provide technology expertise and the ability to do unusual or quick designs. "We'll do more methodical things, while Rob [Hickman, Advanced Flight Systems founder] might do more unique stuff."
Having Hickman as a technical resource could help Dynon advance it's product lines as well. As an example, Hamilton said, Dynon makes a pitot tube and Hickman is an expert in angle of attack indicators.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
Light Sport Aircraft,
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>