Avionics News February 2013 - 4

Share Your Passion
for Aviation
D

o you remember the old saying, “I’ll
Personally, I don’t disagree with a lot of
try anything once, and the fun things
what my friend said. But I also know there
I’ll do again?”
is more to the big picture. Is there more
I wonder if this applies to aviation. I was
paperwork now? Yes. Things have become
talking with a friend the other day, somebody
more complex than they were 30-plus years
who has been in the business longer than my
ago. Back then, other than a warranty form
35 years in the industry. I asked him whether
and a 337, it didn’t really take much to
or not he would choose aviation as
slip a comm or a transponder into
a profession if he could start over
an aircraft. Today’s units are more
again.
complex with multiple systems, often
He began reminiscing about
in one box. The Federal Aviation
how things used to be and how so
Administration needs to know that
many things have changed; he said
we are all following best-practices
there was a time when required
procedures and current guidelines. The
paperwork was just a bit less and
manufacturers of this equipment need
Gary Harpster
things, in general, just weren’t
to make sure the products are installed
as complicated. According to my
properly so the customers have the full
friend, customers today are in a bigger hurry
functionality of their units.
and generally want things done yesterday, and
Are people in a hurry? Yes, most generally,
at yesterday’s prices.
they are. But that’s part of the educational
We laughed. Then, I said, “You didn’t
process, too. We need to keep our customers
answer my question. Would you do it over
informed about the magnitude and complexity
again?”
of the systems we install and how long it
But he kept talking about how kids aren’t
should take to return their aircraft to service.
into airplanes the way our generation was.
My friend’s comment about kids not being
Today, all they want to do is play video games
into aviation the way we were struck a chord,
and text with friends. They are into computers
though. I grew up watching “Sky King” and
and expect to climb to the top of the corporate
ladder a week after starting a new job.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News February 2013

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View From Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Portable Powerhouses, VHF to GPS
Member Profile
Wires, Cables, & Connectors
Avionics News Through the Years
The Place To Be
A Conversation With...
Member Profile
AEAviators
Develop Your Best Salesperson
Business Basics
Trailblazer
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
Before & After
Avionics News February 2013 - Intro
Avionics News February 2013 - Cover1
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Avionics News February 2013 - Point of Communication
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Avionics News February 2013 - AEA Now
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Avionics News February 2013 - The View From Washington
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