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Seattle Avionics acquired by technology investor

Seattle Avionics, producer of the FlyQ electronic flight bag, ChartData subscription services, and other aviation software offerings, has been acquired by AFV Partners, a venture that invests in a variety of information technology enterprises.

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Seattle Avionics will maintain its commitment to being a “leading provider of aviation solutions in the general aviation space with an outstanding value proposition for our customers,” said company President Steve Podradchik in a September 14 letter to customers posted online.

In the letter, Podradchik introduced Seattle Avionics’ clientele to AFV Partners’ founder Tony Aquila, whom he described as “an inventor with 100+ patents, a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist.”

Aquila founded software enterprise Solera “in his garage in 2005 and established it as a global technology company with over 235,000 customers in the automotive, mobility, fleet, insurance and cybersecurity industries in 90+ countries with over 7,000 employees,” Podradchik wrote.

Aquila is chairman of flight planning service provider RocketRoute Limited and flight operations engineering firm Aircraft Performance Group; is active on other corporate boards; and is regarded as a “global expert in connected mobility,” according to his biography on the AFV Partners website.

Podradchik also told customers that he and Seattle Avionics’ cofounder John Rutter would join Argyle, Texas-based AFV Partners “in leadership positions,” and that they were “ecstatic” about the changes. He said the acquisition would boost resources to accelerate the addition of features to FlyQ and expand ChartData’s depth and geographic coverage.

Noting that GA is Seattle Avionics’ core area of expertise, Podradchik assured FlyQ’s lifetime subscribers that they would “continue to enjoy great value from the ongoing use of our current products.”

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Topics: Technology, Avionics, EFB

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