September 2014 Issue
Angle of Attack Systems: A Growing Market
As the FAA eases the installation approval process, the AoA market has more options. We like Safe Flights leading edge sensor and Garmins air/data system.
For years the FAA snubbed its nose at angle of attack system retrofits for certified light aircraft. A handful of owners got lucky when the shop was able to sneak field approval paperwork through the FSDO, while others ran into a regulatory roadblock when field inspectors deemed AOA retrofits too major of a modification to approve. The expensive and time-consuming chase for additional supporting data often put an end to the project. Thats changing.
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