Industry News

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 Flight’s leading edge sensor and Garmin’s 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. That’s changing.

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