Avionics Report

March 2000 Issue


We’ve seen the future and you can just about buy it. Thus far, electronic engine controls look promising.


Among the many reasons would-be owners have for not buying new airplanes, the one we’re most sick of hearing is the complaint about stale technology. You know it by heart:

“For cryin’ out loud, those idiots in [fill in the aircraft manufacturing city of your choice] have been building the same old crap for 30 years, no wonder the industry is in the tank.”

Sidestepping the chicken-and-egg argument about whether new ideas stimulate the market or whether demand spurs progress, one thing is certain: The new-age, electronically managed powerplant the NASA nerds have been flogging for years is actually close at hand. Indeed, you can probably buy one before the end of the year....

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