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Good, Cheap, and Fast

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 19, 2018 11:09:58 AM / by Jenna Oetjen posted in blog, Avionics, Aircraft Maintenance

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I took my very first trip to an Aldi’s grocery store a couple of weeks ago. For years, I have had friends that have sworn by their value and convenience as a grocery store, but I have never taken the time to see for myself. Once I did, it got me thinking about the choices and trades that we all make when it comes to, not only grocery stores, but all things commerce related. Harris Teeter for example, is a completely different shopping experience than Aldi. The store is bigger, the aisles are wider, there is a wide selection of products, not to mention, the beautiful fresh flowers, fruits and vegetable displays, but if you go on a Sunday afternoon, you might have to wait 20 minutes or more at the deli counter before you can get your sliced meat or cheese. Aldi on the other hand is small, you don’t see any brand names, you must pay money for a cart, they don’t give shopping bags -you bring your own or you carry out your items in your hand. You don’t get all the ambiance at Aldi, but you save money and you can be in and out fairly quickly. You are going to pay more at Harris Teeter, but you have more choices. What occurs to me, is Harris Teeter doesn’t apologize for being Harris Teeter. They offer what they offer to the market and the consumer decides if Harris Teeter is a good fit for them. If, as a consumer, you are looking for fast and cheap…. Harris Teeter wouldn’t be your choice, Aldi would be a better fit.

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General Aviation Maintenance Concerns

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 11, 2018 4:31:13 PM / by Ron Oetjen posted in Aircraft Maintenance, blog

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I talk to aircraft owners on a daily basis about installations and maintenance for their aircraft and I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that I often walk away from those conversations with concerns. I love aviation and I’m excited for everyone who gets to experience general aviation, but when you experience what I experience everyday in a FAA Part 145 Repair Station, it’s hard not to admit my concerns. Most of the time, I just decide to take the “mind my own business” approach and never say anything about stuff like this, but the past week this has just been on my mind, so I decided to start blogging.

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VLOG: The Blooper Reel

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 27, 2018 7:08:16 PM / by Ron Oetjen posted in vlog, Sparkchasers, Avionics, Malarkey, Boondoggle

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So, this week we give you absolutely no educational value in our VLOG.   If you are looking for educational content, this weeks VLOG is not it.  We decided to put together a blooper reel just for fun.  We hope you enjoy it!

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VLOG: Garmin GFC 500 Digital Auto-Pilot

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 14, 2018 7:56:14 PM / by Ron Oetjen posted in vlog, blog, GFC 500, Garmin

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This episode of "Making Airplanes Better" focuses on something that many people what to talk about or have questions about right now...the new Garmin GFC 500 digital auto-pilot.  Information is all over the board when it comes to this product and we attempt to sort out some of those questions for you.  We hope you enjoy and leave comments or questions.  
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VLOG: Can You Say Malarkey?

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 14, 2018 7:46:19 PM / by Ron Oetjen posted in Malarkey, Sparkchasers, vlog, blog

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Here we go again with an interesting word and this week it is malarkey.  We've got some malarkey going on at the shop this week and the Piper Cherokee is finally moving along.  Check it out and let us know what you think!

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VLOG: What is a Boondoggle?

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 14, 2018 7:39:24 PM / by Ron Oetjen posted in vlog, blog, Sparkchasers, Boondoggle

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In this episode of "Making Airplanes Better" we're talking about boondoggles and we're getting an update on the progress of the Piper Cherokee 180.  We hope you enjoy!

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VLOG: First Time 4 Everything

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 14, 2018 7:34:09 PM / by Ron Oetjen posted in vlog, blog, Sparkchasers, Avionics

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There has to be a first time for everything and this just happens to be our first every VLOG which is basically a video version of a BLOG.  Check it out and tell us what you think!

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VLOG Promo Video

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 14, 2018 7:28:21 PM / by Ron Oetjen posted in blog, vlog, Sparkchasers

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We're Focused on 2018

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 30, 2018 9:17:14 PM / by Ron Oetjen posted in Sparkchasers, Avionics, Insider

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It’s late January but it’s still hard to believe we’re in 2018. It feels like the months fly by here at Sparkchasers and the next thing we know it will be time for Sun ‘n Fun 2018. We just had a company town hall meeting to begin the rollout of our plans for 2018 and to talk through our Mission, Vision, Passion, and core value statements. I’ve always thought of these statements are super important in the day to day culture, and when working on strategic planning.Have you watched our latest Vlog?

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Auto-Pilots & Industry Progress

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 22, 2018 11:31:20 AM / by Ron Oetjen posted in Avionics, Auto-pilot, GFC 500, GFC600, DFC 90, S-TEC

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I gotta say that I hope that our industry sees as much progress in 2018 that we saw in 2017! Like it or not, we’re part of an industry that is notoriously slow with progress. For many years, GA airplanes got products 10 years after heavy iron had them, but what can we expect with the past record of the FAA. There was little to no progress from the time the Wright brothers flew in Kitty Hawk, NC in 1903 to 1950 as aircraft position was crew calculated. Twenty three years after that we saw progress with Mode C and then again in another 20 years we got Mode S. Fast forward to 2010 from there and we get ADS-B. My point….our industry doesn’t exactly have a track record of moving at gazelle speed.

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