Innovations in Albuquerque

April 30, 2010 by Craig Fuller

I’ve spent the past two days in Albuquerque, New Mexico, visiting a couple of amazingly innovative general aviation companies and getting a first-hand look at their impressive products.

I had a great visit with John Uczekaj at Aspen Avionics.

I had a great visit with John Uczekaj at Aspen Avionics.

On Thursday, I had the chance to spend some time with John Uczekaj, president and CEO of Aspen Avionics. We had a great meeting and I really enjoyed touring their facility, where I had the chance to meet many more of the technical and management staff. I was impressed by the experience and commitment of this group—and of course I had the chance to get a good look at Aspen’s Evolution Flight Display glass cockpit system. John and his team are committed to bringing the top-end technology available in commercial aircraft into GA cockpits at affordable prices, and Evolution system’s design allows you to make the switch from traditional instruments to a fully integrated glass cockpit all at once or in stages. You can see how the system works on this AOPA Live video from Sun ‘n Fun.

The Eclipse 500 VLJ is a fun aircraft to fly.

The Eclipse 500 VLJ is a fun aircraft to fly.

Today, Friday, I am at another innovative company, Eclipse Aviation. I love to fly all kinds of aircraft so I was especially excited that AOPA Pilot Editor in Chief Tom Haines and I had the chance to take a flight in an Eclipse 500. VLJs (very light jets) like this one are continuing to change the marketplace and open jet ownership to a wider audience, a bit like the way light sport aircraft are reshaping opportunities for piston pilots.

It’s heartening that everywhere I go I see GA companies continuing to innovate despite tough economic conditions. Their actions speak volumes about our industry’s resilience and optimism for the future.

I thoroughly enjoyed my left-seat time in the Eclipse.

I thoroughly enjoyed my left-seat time in the Eclipse.

One Response to “Innovations in Albuquerque”

  1. Richard Lueders Says:

    I will make two assumptions: One, Mr. Fuller arrived in ABQ on an executive jet; Two, I hope the benefits of this trip are more than I got out of this blog.

    Am I right or is there more to this visit?

    Thank you,
    Richard

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