August 2007 Issue

Gear of the Year: Cessna Mustang

In our annual wrapup of the best products and services we’ve seen, Cessna’s new starter jet does the most impressive job of walking the walk.

Being the best at anything—whether it’s world class poker, table tennis or making the best headset—requires a unique combination of resources, talent, circumstance and commitment. By far, the most critical ingredient in that recipe is the last: commitment. A determined competitor who may be short of talent or competing at a disadvantage can still prevail with sheer determination and undiluted will.And so it is with some of the products we review every year. Many of these come from small companies with microscopic staffs and limited capital, but with unlimited drive to succeed. In this report, our annual Gear of the Year focus on the best products and services we’ve seen during the 2006/2007 editorial year; it’s our goal to illuminate those companies. Herewith is a baker’s dozen of aviation-related products that we consider to be top drawer—the best of the best or at least the top value among like products.

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