Matt Thurber

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 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.

Matt Thurber

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Bell 412EP Gets Glass Retrofit Approval

Upgrade adds Astronautics Badger Pro+ displays and Garmin navigators
Bell 412EP helicopter with the Basix-Pro avionics upgrade
Cabin Interior and Electronics

SmartCart Simplifies SmartSky System Testing

Troubleshooting problems is much easier without having to fly the airplane
Davinci Jets Citation Latitude SmartSky installation
Maintenance and Modifications

FAA Proposes AD on Tamarack Aerospace Winglet Mod

The AD would require installation of placards and a flight manual update
Tamarack Aerospace winglet modification

Avidyne Vantage Upgrade To Add Volume of Work to Dealers

The package includes adapters and harnesses to make installation easier
Avidyne Vantage avionics upgrade for Cirrus SR20/SR22
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Simulated Virtual Flights Put Gogo 5G to the Test

Enables swifter software development for the 5G air-to-ground network
Gogo 5G coverage map

Shadin Updates AIS-450 Synchro for Legacy Output

Enables retention of legacy interfacing systems in older aircraft
Shadin AIS-450 Synchro
Cabin Interior and Electronics

AMI Aviation Demos King Air Starlink Satcom

Broadband low-earth-orbit satcom delivers high-speed service
King Air 200 Starlink satcom installation
Maintenance and Modifications

True Blue Ups the Amps on Lithium Main-ship Battery

The latest in the Gen5 battery series and a new emergency power supply
True Blue Power TB50 lithium-ion battery

Spoof-proofing is Send’s New Solution

The add-on to Airtext+ will be available in April
Spoof-proof annunciator by Send Solutions
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Standalone Smart Monitor Joins Collins Venue Family

Options now available to replace legacy bulkhead monitors in aircraft
Collins Aerospace Venue smart monitor

Dual Avidyne Atlas FMSs Upgrade Falcon 50 Avionics

Modernizing a legacy jet's flight deck improves safety and operational efficiency
Avidyne Atlas flight management system

Hiller Family Takes Ownership Stake in Hill Aircraft

Plans call for expansion of the Atlanta-Fulton County Executive Airport FBO
Marty Hiller and Guy Hill Jr celebrate Hiller's investment in Hill Aircraft

Sea Prime Celebrates Bizav Traffic Growth in Europe

Traffic is up 38 percent compared to 2019
Sea Prime Milano Linate FBO
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

World Kinect Agrees To Sell Avinode to Camp Systems

The deal is for $200 million in cash and includes software that serves FBOs

Garmin Adds Display Options for StormOptix Radar 

Integrated flight decks will no longer be required for the GWX 8000
Garmin GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar displayed on GTN Xi

Universal Integrates Feasibility-IQ with Portside’s PFM

The two companies have worked together previously on sharing information
Universal Weather and Aviation integration with Portside PFM
Charter & Fractional

Blade Predicts Turnaround after 2023 Losses

Company plans to continue its "asset-light" focus as it seeks to achieve profitability
Blade Air Mobility organ transport
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Duncan Adds Starlink Satcom Dealership

Four of the company's facilities will offer Starlink installations
Duncan Aviation Starlink user

Skyco Leasing To Buy Six Airbus H175 Helicopters

The two companies will cooperate to develop service and support facilities
Airbus Helicopters H175

EASA Provides More Guidance on AI for Aviation

Agency wants to ensure human oversight of artificial intelligence development
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Clay Lacy Aviation Adds Starlink Satcom Dealership

Starlink terminal installation takes 15 to 25 days of downtime
Starlink business aviation satcom antenna installation

Iridium Agrees To Buy GNSS Protector Satelles

The acquisition may help avionics providers prevent GNSS jamming and spoofing
Iridium satellite network

Piper M700 Gets FAA Nod

Deliveries of the airplane will begin immediately
Piper M700 Fury airplane

GNSS Jamming and Spoofing Events Present a Growing Danger

Many reports of jamming and spoofing come from conflict zones
GNSS jamming

NTSB Revises Probable Cause for Citation Accident

The revision is a rare case of a successful petition for reconsideration
Tamarack active winglet on Cessna CitationJet

Guardian G6 Terminals Approved for Iridium Next

Lightweight satcom terminals offer bi-directional 88 Kbps transmission speed
Guardian Mobiiity G6-S airborne connectivity terminal
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Iridium Adds Outerlink as Value-added Reseller

The VAR designation enables sales to government users
Iridium global coverage

Icon A5 Gross Weight Grows by 60 Pounds

The higher weight boosts payload and endurance
Icon A5 light sport aircraft

Nova Picks FreeFlight ADS-B In for SAR Customers

The lightweight, dual-band receiver has a small footprint
Nova Skytrac
Training and Workforce

Ryan and Precision Demo VR Helimod Simulator

Available training scenarios will help helicopter pilots survive challenging situations
Ryan Aerospace simulator