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Good, Cheap, and Fast

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

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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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VLOG: The Blooper Reel

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

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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 as much as we enjoy General Aviation

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VLOG: First Time 4 Everything

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

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There has to be a first time for everything in Aviation 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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We're Focused on 2018

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

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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, GFC 500, Auto-pilot, 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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Blue Light Special? Not So Much

[fa icon='calendar'] Nov 7, 2017 12:21:33 PM / by Ron Oetjen posted in Avionics, Sparkchasers, Aircraft Maintenance

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Growing up I can remember Kmart’s infamous Blue Light Special deals and the announcements you would hear over the loudspeakers. Many thought this was the “cat’s meow” of all deals because you felt like you were getting something at rock bottom prices, but who was it benefiting? Was it a smart move for Kmart or an act of desperation? For most of my life, Kmart has been on life support financially with barely enough money to pay their employees and their bill, while still servicing their debt. Sound like a company you want to do business with?

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Good Ole Garmin

[fa icon='calendar'] Oct 13, 2017 1:56:21 PM / by Ron Oetjen posted in Insider, Avionics

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Reservations Closed!

[fa icon='calendar'] Sep 24, 2017 8:26:03 PM / by Ron Oetjen posted in ADS-B, Avionics, FAA, Transponders

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Whoa...What a week? The FAA ADS-B rebate website now says the “Reservations Closed” but we’re still 2 years and 3+ months from the airspace mandate going into effect. From a sales perspective we booked a lot of ADS-B transponder jobs this week which is good, but it’s disappointing that so many of them were booked from Tuesday to Thursday and the owners didn’t make a reservation for their $500 rebate with the FAA. I don’t know what else Sparkchasers, the FAA, or the industry organizations could have done to promote, educate, and encourage aircraft owners to fill out the form and reserve their $500 rebate. So many of the aircraft owners that call in are focused on the “economic solution,” but many of them never even took advantage of the rebate. 


 

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