Matt Thurber
Editor-in-Chief

Matt Thurber, editor-in-chief at AIN Media Group, has been flying since 1975 and writing about aviation since 1978 and now has the best job in the world, running editorial operations for Aviation International News, Business Jet Traveler, and FutureFlight.aero. In addition to working as an A&P mechanic on everything from Piper Cubs to turboprops, Matt taught flying at his father’s flight school in Plymouth, Mass., in the early 1980s, flew for an aircraft owner/pilot, and for two summer seasons hunted swordfish near the George’s Banks off the East Coast from a Piper Super Cub. An ATP certificated fixed-wing pilot and CFII and commercial helicopter pilot, Matt is type-rated in the Citation 500 and Gulfstream V/550. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Matt and his team cover the entire aviation scene including business aircraft, helicopters, avionics, safety, manufacturing, charter, fractionals, technology, air transport, advanced air mobility, defense, and other subjects of interest to AIN, BJT, and FutureFlight readers.

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Avionics

Garmin Unveils New Standby Instrument and Audio Panels

Garmin's new G5 standby instrument can also service as a standalone autopilot solution, while the GMA 245/245R audio panels offer "superior" sound.
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Avionics

MyGoFlight Adapts Sun Shade Rails for iPad Mounting

The MyGoFlight iPad Rail Mount kit fits nearly any type of sun shade rail system used in turboprops and jets.
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Avionics

NavWorx Licenses Interface With Garmin Navigators

NavWorx ADS600-B transceiver can take advantage of GPS capability of Garmin GNS/GTN navigators and save owners money during installation.
Cabin Interior and Electronics

AirSatOne Launches Airborne Wi-Fi Calling

Smartphones with the Wi-Fi calling feature can use their same number for airborne satcom calling and texting.
Airports

AirMap Unveils Drone Digital Flight Notice Network

AirMap allows airport operators to view unmanned aircraft system flight notices submitted by drone operators.
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Cabin Interior and Electronics

SmartSky Networks Unveils Product, Service Pricing

The SmartSky air-to-ground network is expected to begin service in the fourth quarter of 2016, with full U.S. coverage in mid-2017.
Avionics

FAA Approves Gulfstream’s GIV-SP FANS Upgrade

Gulfstream's new FANS upgrade for the GIV-SP also enables pilots to use digital departure clearances at many airports.
Training and Workforce

MU-2 PROP Seminars Opening in April

The biennial MU-2 Pilot's Review of Proficiency seminars are free and open to any pilot.
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Security

AIN Blog: Securing General Aviation

General Aviation Security guidance from government authorities is inexplicably lacking.
Avionics

Avionica Taps Duncan as Newest Dealer, Install Center

Avionica's data collection and satcom equipment is now available through Duncan Aviation.
Avionics

ForeFlight Sees Bright Future for 9.7-inch iPad Pro

The new 9.7-inch Apple iPad Pro is better suited to the cockpit environment than the larger 12.9-inch full-size Pro.
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Airports

District Court Hears Santa Monica Airport Appeal

The city of Santa Monica is appealing dismissal of its 2013 lawsuit, which sought to clarify its title to the Santa Monica Airport property.
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Bombardier Awarded STC for Ka-band WAVE Satcom

Bombardier's WAVE high-speed Ka-band satcom is available as an option on new Global 5000s and 6000s, and retrofittable to older models.

AIN Blog: Aerospace Technology Takes Center Stage at Pitch Session

Starburst Accelerator is opening the doors for aerospace entrepreneurs and technology developers.
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Safety

SkyVector Publishes Drone Notams in Graphical Format

SkyVector's easy-to-interpret graphical drone notams–Drotams–will help pilots assess the impact of drone operations.
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Avionics

Gulfstream Gaining Ground on NextGen Upgrades

Gulfstream has NextGen solutions for most of its fleet, except for the GII/GIII.
Safety

Flight-tracking Blocking Efforts Under Way

Legislative and technical methods have been proposed to let operators block aircraft identify on flight-tracking services.
Avionics

AIN Business Aviation NextGen Workshop Held at Embry-Riddle

Deadlines for ADS-B and FANS are rapidly approaching, and operators need to schedule upgrades now to prevent delays or possible grounding.
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Training and Workforce

Part 135 Training Changes Recommended

An industry working group has submitted recommendations to the FAA to improve training for Part 135 pilots.
Maintenance and Modifications

L-3 NGT-9000 Adds TAWS and ADS-B Traffic Alerting

Pricing for the two software upgrades is $4,000 for eTaws and $665 for ATAS.
Training and Workforce

Flight Training: What's missing?

Plus, how to address the looming CFI shortage that will only exacerbate the pilot shortage.
Avionics

Satcom Direct Acquisition To Operate As Comsat

The operating name recognizes the company's heritage as part of Comsat Mobile.
Avionics

L-3 ESI-500 Standby Instrument TSO’d and STC’d

The AML-STC is for Class I, II and III Part 23 airplanes and Part 27 helicopters
Avionics

Archangel AHR75 AHRS Receives TSO

The lightweight MEMS-based AHRS is approved in the U.S. and Europe.
Safety

AIN Blog: AOA Must Be Here To Stay

Why are angle-of-attack systems not standard equipment in all airplanes?
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Avionics

TechnicAir Adds King Air 350 Fusion Cockpit Upgrade

The upgrade extends the life of older King Air 350s, including adding many NextGen capabilities.
Training and Workforce

Upset Training Done in Flight

Flight Research’s upset-training program offers pilots training in a Sabreliner and Aermacchi Impala.
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Training and Workforce

AIN Blog: Impressions from Heli-Expo 2016

Celebrating the rotary-wing world in Louisville, Ky.
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Charter & Fractional

VistaJet 2015 Flight and Pax Traffic Grows Double Digits

The charter company had its strongest year ever during 2015.
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Maintenance and Modifications

Five-blade Composite Propeller Certified on Piper M500/Meridian

The new propeller's swept-airfoil blades lower propeller assembly weight by 15 pounds compared with the four-blade aluminum design.
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