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Continental Aerospace Technologies™ Appoints Karen Hong as Chief Executive Officer and President

Continental Aerospace Technologies™ Appoints Karen Hong as Chief Executive Officer and President


Continental announced today that Karen Hong has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President, effective March 11, 2022. Hong was previously named as the interim CEO in September 2021 while serving as the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Before joining Continental, Hong held multiple executive positions at Chrysler Automotive, which is now  Stellantis, and was recently the Global CFO for Joyson Safety Systems in Michigan.

“Karen brings with her a wealth of knowledge and global experiences that have prepared her to lead the Continental organization,” said Mr. Y.F. Huang, Chairman of the Continental® Board of Directors. “Since joining Continental, Karen has been instrumental in developing the company’s global strategy. She has successfully navigated the company through rapidly changing times and remains focused on supporting our strategic vision. We are fortunate to have such a strong and passionate leader in this role.” With a career that spans beyond financial management, Hong has over 25+ years of diverse career experience. Hong has developed business strategies and implemented cross-functional disciplinaries while overseeing international business units as well as Finance, IT, and ERM groups. In addition, Hong has consistently built strong teams that can achieve long-term goals and surpass customer satisfaction. “It is a privilege to be named Continental’s CEO,” said Hong. “I am incredibly proud to lead this global team and organization into the future of general aviation. As we look forward, I am thrilled about our product and technology opportunities as we transition into our state-of the-art manufacturing to further enrich our customer’s experience. These opportunities, along with the support of our remarkable team, valued customers, and partners will solidify our position as the first choice in general aviation power.” 

Garmin achieves additional GFC 500 autopilot certifications,  including the first light twin aircraft

Garmin achieves additional GFC 500 autopilot certifications, including the first light twin aircraft

Certified aircraft now includes select Cessna 206 and Piper PA-30/39 models

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., today announced it has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the

GFC™ 500 autopilot in additional aircraft to include select Robertson STOL (short takeoff or landing) equipped Cessna 206 models and Piper Twin Comanche PA-30/39 models. The GFC 500 autopilot is intended for light piston aircraft while delivering superior in-flight characteristics, self-monitoring capabilities and minimal maintenance requirements when compared to older generation autopilot systems.

New aircraft models now approved for the GFC 500 autopilot include:

  • Cessna 206 RSTOL series models F, G & H
  • Piper Twin Comanche PA-30 models B1 & C1 & PA-391

The GFC 500 autopilot uniquely integrates with Garmin’s GI 275 or G5 electronic flight instruments; a combination of either a standby GI 275 or G5 electronic flight instrument interfaced to a
G500 TXi™ flight display; or a G3X Touch™ flight display to provide pilots with an economical and modern autopilot solution. The autopilot mode controller contains large dedicated keys and knobs, a control wheel that allows for easy adjustment to aircraft pitch, airspeed and vertical speed, and a Level Mode (LVL) that returns the aircraft to straight-and-level flight with the push of a dedicated button. In addition, with the GFC 500, appropriately-equipped aircraft can also take advantage of Smart Glide™, a tremendous safety tool that helps pilots in an engine power loss emergency by automating tasks and helping to reduce pilot workload.2

The full-featured GFC 500 autopilot provides a long list of existing general aviation aircraft with a simple, lightweight, cost-effective autopilot upgrade path. Incorporating solid state attitude with robust self-monitoring capabilities, the GFC 500 provides superior autopilot performance, greater reliability, and invaluable safety tools that are similar to those featured on the popular GFC 700 autopilot. In addition to traditional autopilot capabilities, such as altitude hold, vertical speed and heading modes, the GFC 500 also includes altitude preselect, VNAV3, underspeed and overspeed protection and more. Pilots can also select, couple and fly various instrument approaches, including GPS, ILS, VOR, LOC and back course approaches when paired with a compatible Garmin GPS navigator.

As a standard feature of the GFC 500, pilots receive Garmin Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP™), which works to assist the pilot in maintaining the aircraft in a stable flight condition. ESP functions independently of the autopilot and works in the background while the pilot is hand-flying the aircraft to help avoid inadvertent flight attitudes or bank angles by nudging the pilot to return the aircraft back to a safe flight attitude.

Garmin continues to add additional aircraft models to the growing STC list for the GFC 500 autopilot. To view the most up-to-date aircraft STC list, to view certifications that are expected to begin in the next 12-months, or to express interest in a specific aircraft make/model, visit www.garmin.com/GFC500.

Garmin products and services have revolutionized flight and become essential to the lives of pilots, aircraft owners and operators around the world. 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. Garmin was the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy for Garmin Autoland, 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.

1GI 275 ADAHRS source required

2Smart Glide compatibility requires a GTN Xi navigator; see Garmin.com/SGproducts for more details

3GTN or GTN Xi series Navigator required

Hartzell Names Arrow Aviation as Propeller Service, Support Center in India

Hartzell Names Arrow Aviation as Propeller Service, Support Center in India

 Propeller Overhaul Workshop Located in Kolkata

Hartzell Propeller has appointed Arrow Aviation Pvt. Ltd. as a Service and Support Center in India. Arrow Aviation’s propeller overhauling workshop and its head office are located in Kolkata.
It also has locations in Delhi, Mumbai and the UAE. Arrow Aviation provides product support services for airframes, tooling, avionics and instruments, brakes and wheels, consumables and lubricants, ground support equipment, landing gears, rotables, tires, and windows.
Samir Gupta, Principal Owner of Arrow Aviation said, “We are proud to become a part of the Hartzell Propeller Service and Support Center global network. I thank my team members and all the valued support and guidance by team Hartzell."
“This latest appointment of Arrow Aviation demonstrates Hartzell Propeller’s ongoing commitment within India to benefit owners and operators who fly our propellers,” said Hartzell Propeller President JJ Frigge. “We encourage customers in India to use Arrow Aviation for propeller repairs and overhauls.
The service facility joins a global network of independent repair stations, with factory trained technicians and appropriate equipment, ensuring that owners and operators of Hartzell propellers in India have access to factory trained service and support.
Arrow Aviation is a diversified group in various aviation verticals like supply chain, MRO, aircraft sales, and charter etc. Located in major parts of India as well as the UAE. In 2007, Arrow established state of art propeller MRO (CAR-145) Kolkata and is a leading repair and overhaul shop in the Indian sub-continent.
Arrow indicates its business philosophy is based on the famous words of Mahatma Gandhi: “Customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work – he is the purpose of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us the opportunity to serve him."



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