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ach year, Beloit College, in Beloit, Wis., publishes the Mindset List. The often-quoted list annually describes characteristics of incoming college freshmen. For those of us old enough for AARP membership, the differences between our generation and the class of 2016 are amazing. The following is a combination of Mindset List facts and my own observations, which provides some interesting food for thought regarding the differences between young and old. Most of today’s college students were born in 1994, the same year Dan Schwinn founded Avidyne. From the perspective of incoming college students, networked multifunction flat screens have always been available for small aircraft. This year, for the first time, I was asked, “What is a tube?” Another first this year was a student picking up a vacuum tube and asking, “Is this some sort of light bulb?” To them, tube technology isn’t merely old; it’s positively ancient. Also odd is the concept of an avionics unit without a microprocessor.
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Facebook has been around since these young students were 10 years old. Some have had a Facebook page for nearly a decade. Thanks to social media, “they have always lived in cyberspace, addicted to a new generation of ‘electronic narcotics.’” These young cyberspace residents measure their lives with bits, bytes and bauds.

laptops or download music to MP3 players or iPods. Even these players and pods are on the verge of obsolescence with smartphones on hand. Coffee houses with WiFi are gathering places for the college-age crowd. Bookstores, or independent bookstores serving coffee, are falling by the wayside. Two-thirds of independent

Most of today’s college students were born in 1994, the same year Dan Schwinn founded Avidyne. From the perspective of incoming college students, networked multifunction flat screens have always been available for small aircraft.

They see the image of a floppy disk in the upper left hand portion of the screen to be a rather outdated icon. Their yearbooks have always been digital. Their socialization revolves around social media and all things digital. Music programmers rather than guitar heroes gain the attention of young women. Although they enjoy radio, they will listen on

bookstores have closed in their lifetime. Airplane tickets are something mentioned in old movies and songs. Furthermore, they would have trouble imagining someone carrying, rather than rolling, luggage through an airport terminal. Speaking of air transport, the Transportation Security Administration has been in charge

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Avionics News December 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News December 2012

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View From Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
ADS-B Circa 2013
Member Profile
Family Matters
Remembering Monte R. Mitchell
Before & After
A Conversation With...
History's Caretaker
Pro-to-col
Business Basics
Theory & Practice
AEA Members Make Headlines at NBAA Convention
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
Avionics News December 2012 - Intro
Avionics News December 2012 - Cover1
Avionics News December 2012 - Cover2
Avionics News December 2012 - 1
Avionics News December 2012 - 2
Avionics News December 2012 - 3
Avionics News December 2012 - Point of Communication
Avionics News December 2012 - 5
Avionics News December 2012 - AEA Now
Avionics News December 2012 - 7
Avionics News December 2012 - 8
Avionics News December 2012 - 9
Avionics News December 2012 - 10
Avionics News December 2012 - 11
Avionics News December 2012 - 12
Avionics News December 2012 - 13
Avionics News December 2012 - The View From Washington
Avionics News December 2012 - 15
Avionics News December 2012 - International News and Regulatory Updates
Avionics News December 2012 - 17
Avionics News December 2012 - 18
Avionics News December 2012 - 19
Avionics News December 2012 - ADS-B Circa 2013
Avionics News December 2012 - 21
Avionics News December 2012 - 22
Avionics News December 2012 - 23
Avionics News December 2012 - Member Profile
Avionics News December 2012 - 25
Avionics News December 2012 - 26
Avionics News December 2012 - 27
Avionics News December 2012 - Family Matters
Avionics News December 2012 - 29
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Avionics News December 2012 - 33
Avionics News December 2012 - Remembering Monte R. Mitchell
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Avionics News December 2012 - 38
Avionics News December 2012 - Before & After
Avionics News December 2012 - A Conversation With...
Avionics News December 2012 - 41
Avionics News December 2012 - History's Caretaker
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Avionics News December 2012 - Pro-to-col
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Avionics News December 2012 - Business Basics
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Avionics News December 2012 - Theory & Practice
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Avionics News December 2012 - AEA Members Make Headlines at NBAA Convention
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Avionics News December 2012 - What's New
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