September 1998 Issue
Soon-to-be electronic engine controls and fanciful color moving maps were this year’s stars.
The hapless airplane owner trudging the booths at Oshkosh this year should be forgiven a certain numb sensation from the neck up.
As the industry enjoys continuing recovery, more companies than ever are flogging techy gizmos, hoping that pilots will buy in sufficient volume to at least offset the R&D costs. Making sense of it all is baffling. (Even perpetually upbeat marketing execs have the thousand-yard stare.)
Amidst the din, however, we saw a couple of discernible trends plus an unusual bumper crop of high-tech goodies and Internet-related services. Two trends of note: Even as progress on cheap jet engines seems genuine, Lycoming and Continental are inching forward with single-le...
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