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Registration now open for Pilot Proficiency Center sessions during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022

Registration now open for Pilot Proficiency Center sessions during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022

Half-day sessions include top flight instructors in new EAA Education Center

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (June 22, 2022) — Registration is now open to the expanded Pilot Proficiency Center sessions during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022, to be held in the new EAA Education Center adjacent to the EAA Aviation Museum. These half-day clinics allow pilots to increase their knowledge, hone their abilities, and network with other passionate pilots while helping them become safer and better-informed aviators.

The 69th edition of the Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention is July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Registration for the Pilot Proficiency Center clinics is free with AirVenture admission, but attendance at each half-day session is limited, so early registration is encouraged. More information and course requirements are available at the Pilot Proficiency Center webpage.

Participants may choose from any one of the sessions that fit their current pilot certificate, rating, or homebuilt aircraft project. Subjects range from flying fundamentals and risk factors to instrument flight and homebuilt test flying. The clinics include keynote presentations, interactive and engaging breakout sessions, skills enhancement, and challenging scenario-based training exercises in EAA’s Redbird Advanced Aviation Training Devices.

A pick-up breakfast is included with each morning session and lunch with each afternoon session.

EAA Pilot Proficiency Center clinics are presented by Redbird Flight Simulations, Jeppesen, BOSE Aviation, Hartzell Engine Technologies, Hartzell Propeller, and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). Additional support comes from CloudAhoy, Community Aviation, Mindstar Aviation, the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), and the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE).

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s membership convention. Additional information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available at www.EAA.org/airventure. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or visit www.EAA.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAA.

Garmin celebrates a milestone of  more than 25,000 integrated flight deck deliveries

Garmin celebrates a milestone of more than 25,000 integrated flight deck deliveries

Generations of today’s pilots have flown behind the industry’s  most trusted avionics for tens of millions of flight hours

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NYSE: GRMN), today celebrated the delivery of over 25,000 integrated flight decks, including forward-fit and retrofit solutions for general and business aviation, rotorcraft, military and government, and regional aircraft markets. Garmin avionics have revolutionized the aviation industry for nearly two decades, ushering in the era of fully integrated flight decks for light aircraft while also expanding the capabilities of turbine aircraft. Recognized for reliability, quality and innovation, Garmin flight decks have been certified on over 80 aircraft models representing 20 different aircraft manufacturers—more than any other avionics manufacturer.    

“Pilots around the world have spent millions of hours flying behind a Garmin flight deck and it’s a true privilege to know that our avionics help them safely reach their destinations time and time again,” said  Phil Straub, Garmin executive vice president and managing director, aviation. “As the leading provider of integrated cockpit systems, we are very proud to celebrate this extraordinary achievement, and we wish to extend our sincerest gratitude to our aircraft manufacturers, as well as the aircraft owners, who have selected and trusted Garmin over the years. The G1000® was a vision of our late co-founder Gary Burrell, and he would be deeply honored to be celebrating this milestone with the thousands of talented Garmin associates who made it possible.” 

Garmin’s G1000 integrated flight deck was first introduced in March 2003 when Cessna Aircraft Company announced it had selected the revolutionary system for the Citation Mustang, which was in development at the time. Additional announcements by a variety of aircraft manufacturers followed, and the first customer deliveries of the G1000 began in June 2004 by both Cessna and Diamond Aircraft in their single-engine product lines. In 2010, the G3000® and G5000® were unveiled for the turbine market, offering one of the most intuitive pilot-vehicle interfaces available with the industry’s first certified touchscreen vehicle management controllers.

Today, Garmin integrated flight decks are installed on a broad range of aircraft spanning from piston-powered aircraft to turboprops, rotorcraft and turbine aircraft, including tactical fighter jets in the adversary air market. Bringing the best and brightest in integrated systems to flight, Garmin flight decks have long been the standard in the flight training industry, utilized in flight schools across the globe to allow student pilots the opportunity to train on the technology they’ll use later in their flying careers. With an estimated 600,000 new pilots joining the industry in the next 20 years, Garmin’s integrated flight decks are the systems of choice for flight training aircraft preparing the next generation of pilots for the future of aviation.

A leading provider of solutions to general aviation, business aviation, rotorcraft, advanced air mobility, government and defense, and commercial air carrier customers, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate. Recipient of the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy for Garmin Autoland, Garmin developed the world’s first certified autonomous system that activates during an emergency to control and land an aircraft without human intervention. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual Newsroom, email our press team, connect with @garminaviation on social media, or follow our adventures at garmin.com/blog.

EarthX Lithium Batteries Announces STC’s

EarthX Lithium Batteries Announces STC’s

The lead acid battery is one of the oldest remaining technologies used in General Aviation aircraft. Since 1859, the construction of the battery has slightly evolved, from the original flooded batteries (FLA) to the Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) to Gel batteries, but the technology is basically the same. If you own or operate a certified General Aviation aircraft, you had no choice but to use a lead acid battery starter battery.

Until now. Times are changing.

EarthX has 12V and 24V FAA approved TSO’s batteries and now has attained STC’s for the Piper PA-28 aircraft models with more to come!

After more than a century and a half, you soon will have a choice of using something different. Introducing Lithium Iron Phosphate, commonly known as LiFePO4 or LFP, batteries.  EarthX, Inc. has been dedicated to innovation to provide a safe and reliable alternative and currently has FAA TSO approved 12V and 24V LiFePo4 batteries and is invested in providing STC’s for installation approvals. The experimental aircraft market has adopted this battery choice for almost a decade now and EarthX is the most used and trusted manufacturer of this technology.

How are they different and how will this advancement be useful to you?

Energy Density

Energy Density is the amount of energy stored per the space and weight of the battery. A LiFePo4 battery will be almost 80% lighter than an equivalent cranking lead acid battery, and physically smaller. With new Type Certificated aircraft using this technology, this will give them the opportunity to add more reliable and efficient engine starts, added capacity if needed to run equipment, and add redundancy and safety by having an additional battery for back up with no weight penalty.  

Weight Savings

Weight savings is critical and has many benefits. An example of replacing the Gill G-35 with the EarthX ETX900-TSO is 21.6 pounds.

·        Increased useful load

·        Increased your fuel by 3 gallons to get you further

·        Fuel savings as the overall weight is lighter

·        Ability to fly faster




Gill G-35

EarthX ETX900-TSO


27 LB

5.4 LB

IPP (cranking amps)




9.8 x 5.2 x 7.4”

6.5 x 3.1 x 6.6”



A LifePo4 battery will accept a very high charge current which means the battery will recharge much faster than a lead-acid battery and in a fraction of the time. This means more time flying and less time waiting to recharge your battery.


In the event of an alternator failure and you are using battery power only, a LiFePo4 battery will have very little voltage drop and all your equipment will continue to be powered fully without dimming until you have used all the capacity of the battery.  A lead acid battery will have almost an immediate voltage drop and the faster you discharge the battery, the less capacity you will have to run your equipment.


Typical lead acid batteries have between 300-500 charge cycles. The typical LiFePO4 will have between 2,000-4,000 which means a lifespan that is 2-3X longer.


The monthly discharge rate of a LiFePo4 is on average 2%, whereas a typical lead acid batteries monthly discharge rate is 30%. The shelf life of a LiFePo4 battery is significantly longer and can sit uncharged for over a year and sustain no damage. They do not corrode, sulphate or freeze.

Environmental Impact

LifePo4 batteries are nontoxic and non-contaminating which make them environmentally safe to be used. There is no venting of any gases during charging or discharging and they can also be recycled to recover the materials used in their electrodes, wiring, and casings to be used in new lithium batteries.  They use no rare earths or toxic metals and employ commonly available materials including copper, iron, and graphite.

Lead acid batteries can also be safely recycled to recover lead and other materials, but sadly many end up in landfills, especially in developing countries, and toxins can cause fires and explosions and poison food and water supplies for generations. Lead acid batteries pose a potential threat to human health and the environment if improperly discarded. Lead acid batteries are hazardous waste with 3 main components: sulfuric acid, cadmium and lead. Both lead and sulfuric acid can contaminate solid and ground water. Lead is harmful to brain, kidney, hearing and concentration, and reproductive system and may cause high blood pressure, joint pain and nerve disorder while sulfuric acid and cadmium can be more harmful than other acids. Lead acid batteries vent little or no gas while discharging, but explosive mixtures of hydrogen and oxygen can be produced during charging. Hydrogen gas is colorless, odorless, lighter than air, and highly flammable; oxygen is an oxidizer that can promote a fire or explosion.


In summary, LiFePo4 batteries are much more EARTH friendly.


Technology Advance Features

The LiFePO4 battery technology has advanced protection in the form of a battery management system (BMS) inside to protect the battery cells from common abuses such as over discharge, over charge, short circuit protection, and heat and can alert you via an LED light on your panel if outside of normal parameters.



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