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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 Auto-pilot, ADS-B, Transponders, blog, Garmin, Avionics

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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 blog, ADS-B, Avionics

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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 blog, Avionics, ADS-B

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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 blog, Aircraft Maintenance, Avionics

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To: The Passengers

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 21, 2018 10:07:25 PM / by Avery Oetjen posted in blog, Insider

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Today I thought we would do a little something different. Rather than writing a blog for the person sitting in the pilot’s seat, I thought I would write something for the people sitting in the passenger seat or in the back, this one is for y’all. In all honesty, I don’t know a whole lot about the in’s and the out’s of aviation, but what I do know is how it has impacted my life heavily over the last seven or eight years. What I also know very well, is what it feels like to be the person sitting in the passenger seat or in the back of the plane not really knowing what’s going on, but hoping that everything is alright. For those of you who don’t know me - Hi my name is Avery Oetjen; I am the Marketing Coordinator at Sparkchasers and I am also the oldest daughter of Ron and Jenna Oetjen, who most of you know very well. My dad, Ron Oetjen, is a pilot just like our customers at Sparkchasers and our family has been involved in aviation for a while. See, my dad is a man that is always looking for his next challenge, the next thing that he can learn, the next thing that he can get better at - so about 5 years ago, he set his mind to getting his pilot’s licence and his instrument rating. We were all kind of excited about it - who doesn’t want to avoid having our schedules heavily dominated by Delta Airlines, being patted down because you had a pair of tweezers in your carry-on, and buying $12 bottles of water at the airport. My dad used to fly commercially all the time for business and he was gone a lot longer than he should have been because of it. After he became a pilot, what used to be 4 day trips to Ohio turned into overnight trips. What used to be a 12 hour drive turned into a 3.5 hour flight, and not a flight dictated by Delta, a flight dictated by us and our schedule. That changed everything. General Aviation allows pilots and families the freedom to be on their own schedule, that is what’s so amazing about it.

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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: 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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