Industry News

September 1999 Issue

Oshkosh Diary

My gadgets will work with your gadgets and other tales of an avionics industry with a box for every purpose.

For the serious airplane gimcrack shopper, the annual Oshkosh trek is like fishing with a trawl net: Sometimes the thing comes up empty, sometimes you’ll snag a trophy but more often, the catch is a mix of laudable prizes and throwbacks.

This year’s show—now called EAA AirVenture, of course—is an example of the latter. We saw a broad range of new gadgets, improvements on old stuff and ever more evidence that the GA market continues to climb out of its black hole. (How else to explain Barron invoices inching ever upward towards $1 million.)

The serious developments continue to be in avionics, specifically an accelerating trend toward remote sensors and boxes from one company that w...

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