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Life in an FAA Repair Station During the COVID-19 Pandemic

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 1, 2020 9:39:00 AM / by Ron Oetjen posted in Avionics, FAA, Aircraft Maintenance, Auto-pilot

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This year has been weird.  Just weird.  For the past 3-4 years it’s been all that we can do at Sparkchasers to keep up with the demand of continually learning new products that are being released and the demands of our customers wanting ADS-B installations.  It’s felt like a lap in the car with Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights, and then all of the sudden it all grinds to a sudden stop.  I’ve honestly never seen such as change from one extreme to another in business.

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Airborne Vlog: The GNX 375

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 22, 2019 3:38:00 PM / by Sparkchasers posted in ADS-B, Avionics, Transponders, Sparkchasers, vlog, Garmin

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In this airborne VLOG, We go on a flight to Harnett Regional Airport and have a quick conversation on the GNX 375 and where it fits in the General Aviation market today.  We highlight some of the key feature's this piece of equipment has.  The small GPS navigators are great and economical as well! If your looking for the benefits of WaaS GPS such as being able to go 200' below minimums then this may be the answer for you! Check out our VLOG on the GNX 375 and let us know what you thing about these WaaS GPS Navigators! Stay Safe!

 

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$500 ADS-B Rebate

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 4, 2019 12:31:14 PM / by Kristian Butler posted in ADS-B, Avionics, Transponders, Sparkchasers, FIS-B, TIS-B, Garmin, blog, avidyne, stratus

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The FAA has reinstated the ADS-B Rebate, but the rebates are limited and time is running out as the program ends on October 11, 2019.  Are you eligible to receive it? There are several requirements that need to be met for you to receive your free $500 ADS-B Rebate.

We get question all the time on the Rebate.. "how do I do it?" "Does Sparkchasers handle it?" so I hope this helps you aviators out!
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11 Months... ADS-B Deadline

[fa icon='calendar'] Jan 28, 2019 11:52:06 AM / by Kristian Butler posted in ADS-B, Avionics, Transponders, FIS-B, TIS-B, Garmin, avidyne, stratus

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11 months left till this “ADS-B” mandate is mandatory. So what should you do? There are multiple options to become ADS-B Compliant but I believe as you look to become compliant you should ask yourself some of these questions.

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What are People Buying at Sparkchasers?

[fa icon='calendar'] Aug 9, 2018 6:58:55 PM / by Ron Oetjen posted in ADS-B, Avionics, Transponders, Auto-pilot, Garmin, blog

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Over the past couple of weeks, I have been training another Sparkchasers employee, Kristian Butler, so he can begin a transition from a technician in operations into a sales role.  Many people would ask the question why he would ever want to do that, but that’s another discussion for another day. Kristian is outgoing with an awesome personality and he will interact well with customers, and I’m excited to have the additional help in sales.

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Most Exciting Development from Osh 18

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 30, 2018 9:38:13 AM / by Ron Oetjen posted in ADS-B, Avionics, blog

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In late July of every year pilots, aircraft owners, and aviation enthusiasts make an annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh, WI for the EAA AirVenture Airshow.  It is a time to connect with old friends, see absolutely crazy air shows daily, and to see the most recent product developments for aircraft.  A half of a million people come to this small Wisconsin town every year for an “everything aviation” experience and it’s something I really look forward to every year.

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#OSH18

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 25, 2018 10:37:51 PM / by Kristian Butler posted in ADS-B, Avionics, blog

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As I was flying back to Sparkchasers, I was looking back over my first Oshkosh experience (it will not be my last!).  I learned some interesting things from sitting in seminars, talking with pilots, and just observing everything going on as well. Some of the things I heard the most about were:

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From the Marines to General Aviation | Tool Control

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 23, 2018 8:47:08 AM / by Kristian Butler posted in Avionics, Aircraft Maintenance, blog

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Is it Time To Get Connected?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 11, 2018 2:14:13 PM / by Ron Oetjen posted in Avionics, Transponders, vlog

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Is it time to get connectivity in your aircraft?  This blog focuses on Bluetooth connectivity from your mobile devices to your avionics equipment.  We show you one of the simple solutions on the market that people are using.  If we want to modernize your aircraft with connectivity, you should watch this vlog!

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Cyber Threats to Aircraft?

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 25, 2018 4:00:43 PM / by Ron Oetjen posted in Avionics, cyber security, Terrorism

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One of the most trending topics in the world today is Cyber Security and/or Cyber Terror. Hacking and cyber exploits have been around for a very long time, but the sophistication of these attacks are what scares me. We’re not talking about hacking someone’s Facebook account or illegally gaining access to their computer so you can watch the camera built-in to the computer. We’re talking about State sponsored, foreign and domestic, cyber attacks as a primary means of combat or terror. Let’s face it, it hasn’t been long since the US allegedly used the Stuxnet attack as a “cyber weapon” against the control systems of Iranian nuclear power plants. We now live in a cyber world and we should all be be concerned about Cyber Security because these exploits are very common and the entire world is worried about them.

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