July 26, 2013
By Dave Hirschman
GRT Avionics is sponsoring the FLS Microjet, a BD-5J variant billed as the world’s smallest jet.
Justin Lewis, the FLS Microjet builder and pilot, says he chose the two-screen GRT Horizon system because of its small size, light weight, precision, and reliability.
“We are thrilled to have GRT as a sponsor for the 2013 season,” said Lewis, an Air National Guard A-10 pilot. “With GRT’s support, the FLS Microjet will continue traveling to air shows across the country.”
GRT Avionics and its sister firm Grand Rapids Technologies have been leaders in experimental flight and engine displays for more than 20 years.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
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The FAA’s “lack of an executable plan, unresolved technical issues, and ineffective collaboration with industry,” are “programmatic challenges” to moving toward the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), Department of Transportation Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits Matthew Hampton says.
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