Industry News

September 2016 Issue

AirVenture Diary: Competition, Stability

This year’s big show at Oshkosh revealed a sharply competitive avionics market, plenty of new aircraft models and had a focus on safety and training.

It’s hard not to pass judgment on the health of the industry by what companies unveil at AirVenture. Still, as we’ve witnessed before, major manufacturers may show up with more new product announcements than we can cover in a week, but that doesn’t mean the industry is rolling along fat, dumb and happy. This year, vendors did seem happy, and while many weren’t fat with record sales, everyone seemed to agree that the show simply had a positive vibe, perhaps signaling the stability we’ve been looking for in previous years.

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