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Hartzell Propeller Adds Mitch Heaton to Lead Technology Initiatives for Advanced Air Mobility

Hartzell Propeller Adds Mitch Heaton to Lead Technology Initiatives for Advanced Air Mobility

Hartzell Propeller has appointed Mitch Heaton as director, Business Development and New Technology to further the company’s programs involving advanced air mobility (AAM). His focus will be on developing propellers for eVTOL, eSTOL, electric, hybrid and hydrogen-powered aircraft.

Using an innovative blend of sophisticated engineering analytics, certification skills, and world-class manufacturing technologies, Hartzell is working closely with several OEMs within these emerging industries to fine-tune their propeller applications. Hartzell has dedicated tens of thousands of engineering and development hours to electric, hybrid, and hydrogen-powered aircraft since 2019 and it continues to make advancements in tooling, manufacturing processes, and lightweight materials.

“Mitch Heaton has experience leading strategy and business development across multiple industries, with aviation and aerospace often as a focus,” said Hartzell Propeller President JJ Frigge. “His efforts have included design of connection systems for aircraft, growing unmanned aerial ecosystems, and collaborating with leaders of global aerospace and defense companies and organizations,” Frigge added.

Heaton is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA) Electric Propulsion Innovation Committee and several subcommittees. He also serves as a member of the Emerging Technologies Committee of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).

He is a graduate of the Raj Soin College of Business at Wright State University, where he later served as director of Development and External Relations in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. He has also been vice president of Economic Development for the Dayton (Ohio) Development Coalition and executive vice president of Growth Strategies for Woodard Development. He was named to Dayton Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list in 2017, has served on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Economic Development Association and is a member and past president of the Engineer’s Club of Dayton.



Gulf Coast Avionics was appointed as Garmin’s first avionics dealer in 1994 and has achieved Platinum Dealer status since the award’s inception in 1998.

Rick Garcia, Gulf Coast Avionics, President and CEO, announced today that the company had received Garmin’s 2022 Platinum Dealer Award in recognition for its outstanding sales of the company’s aviation products. The award presentation was held during the recent Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) convention in New Orleans.

 “Even after winning the Platinum Award for 24 years in a row, the accomplishment is just as meaningful to us as it was in 1998,” Garcia said. “With hundreds of Garmin aviation dealers around the world, for us to again be one of the top 10 in global sales is an achievement that no other dealer can match.”

 For nearly three decades, Gulf Coast Avionics has been a foundational part of the Garmin Aviation business segment,” said Jim Alpiser, Garmin’s Director, Aviation Aftermarket Sales. “We are delighted to recognize once again Gulf Coast Avionics for their outstanding sales and support of our products.”

 “While I am extremely happy to receive this award, I am even prouder of the extremely high levels of knowledge and skills that our sales and installation teams have consistently provided for our customers over these many years,” he added. “We’ve been right there with Garmin as they’ve revolutionized so many parts of the avionics industry. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.”

 About Gulf Coast Avionics


Founded in 1984 and located at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida, and with offices worldwide, Gulf Coast Avionics is a major supplier of avionics, instruments, and pilot supplies to customers worldwide. GCA is an FAA-approved Class 1, 2, and 3/Limited Instrument Repair Station #UB4R564M. The company offers a full array of avionics installation and repair services for certificated and kit-built aircraft. For a copy of their catalog or more information, visit: www.GCA.aero

Garmin expands its cost-effective navigation database solutions  to non-WAAS GNS navigators

Garmin expands its cost-effective navigation database solutions to non-WAAS GNS navigators

Keep databases current with the most convenient and affordable options for all Garmin GNS owners

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., today announced that it has expanded the availability of its Garmin Navigation Database to include non-WAAS GNS navigators. The Garmin Navigation Database is available for a variety of Garmin avionics, including WAAS GNS navigators, and offers a trusted and convenient solution to incorporate the latest navigation information. Ready to support both VFR and IFR flights, the Garmin Navigation Database includes instrument procedures, frequencies, airport data and more.

Garmin database options include single navigation database updates, annual subscriptions, or even complete device bundles – with navigation, terrain and obstacles – to simplify the updating process. Pilots can also opt for a OnePak™ subscription which offers significant savings by combining the Garmin GNS non-WAAS Navigation Database with other essential database subscriptions, supporting all compatible Garmin avionics in a single aircraft.

Single navigation database updates & subscriptions

  • Navigation Database updates for a single Garmin navigator, such as the non-WAAS GNS 530 are $129 for the U.S. and $169 for the Americas; or $299 and $449, respectively for the Navigation data-only annual subscription.

Annual subscription bundles

  • Garmin is the only database provider to offer all applicable databases – navigation, obstacles and terrain – in one bundle for GNS navigators.
  • Annual database subscription bundles, which include the Garmin Navigation Database, Obstacles and Terrain, are $449 for the U.S. and $599 for the Americas.

OnePak annual database updates for an entire aircraft, including a portable

  • For one annual price, databases within OnePak subscriptions can be downloaded to multiple Garmin avionics, including non-WAAS GNS units, and one qualifying portable in a single aircraft.
  • A variety of economical regions are available, such as the United States OnePak for $669, which includes the Garmin Navigation Database, AOPA Airport Directory, IFR en route charts, VFR sectional charts, SafeTaxi® Terrain and Basemap for compatible products.
  • The purchase of a U.S. or Americas OnePak subscription also provides existing Garmin Pilot™ subscribers with an upgrade to Garmin Pilot IFR Premium with the associated coverage area on Apple® or Android mobile devices at no additional cost.

For more than 30 years, pilots have trusted Garmin with their navigation needs. Now, Garmin navigation data, single navigator bundles and OnePaks are available for even more Garmin avionics, including the full GNS series:

  • Non-WAAS: GNC® 420, GNS 430, GNS 530, GPS 400 and GPS 500
  • WAAS: GNC 420W, GNS 430W, GNS 530W, GPS 400W and GPS 500W

A better way to update

 Database updates for Garmin avionics or portables are quick and easy with the Garmin Aviation Database Manager. Simple to use, it runs on a Windows® or Mac® computer, and it manages all database updates and purchases. It will also automatically download the latest update if the aircraft owner has a subscription. That way, updates are ready and can be installed without waiting for a download.

The Database Manager also makes it easy to keep track of current and future updates. The calendar view includes which cycles the pilot has purchased, when a new cycle will be available and a reminder of what cycle they currently have installed.

Updates can be installed on an existing data card. Pilots will also need a Garmin USB aviation data card programmer to facilitate the transfer. Once the new databases are loaded, simply insert the card into the navigator, and fly with current data.

For additional information, visit garmin.com/aviation.

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.

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