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According to the 2020 AEA Rate & Labor Survey, peering through the
fog of unpredictability rising from the pandemic of COVID-19, the only
nationwide consensus seems to be the significant change in what avionics
repair stations expect their business to do in the coming year. Read Scott
Spangler's analysis of this year's survey beginning on page 30.

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20 	 Price Shoppers & Tire Kickers
	

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Countering general aviation's only-for-the-rich perception

26 	 Member Profile by Christine Knauer
	 The STC Group brings crossover
autopilot to vintage GA aircraft

30 	 Essential Unpredictability by Scott M. Spangler
	 Analyzing the 2020 AEA Rate & Labor Survey
34 	 SKYTRAC Systems by Dale Smith
SKYTRAC's new L-band transceivers enable aircraft to
	
	

connect with Iridium's NextGen Certus service

38 	 When will drones crawl, walk, run?
	
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Aviation Sustainability Summit

48 	 Owner Maintenance by Dave Higdon
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52 	 FAA Maintenance Technical Workforce
	
Development Grant Program Application
	
Information Expected Soon
	
by Lindsey McFarren

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54 	 Member Profile by Christine Knauer
AEA scholarship winner takes off with FlyBoyz
	

Senior Writer
Ric Peri

Circulation Manager
Pam Meyers

Contributing Writers

58 	 The making of a third-generation pilot
	
by Dave Higdon
Mac Copeland follows in big footsteps
	
62 	 Theory & Practice by Thomas Inman
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66 	 What's New?
The source for updates on AEA members
	
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Dave Higdon
Dave Hughes
Thomas Inman
Christine Knauer
Lindsey McFarren
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Scott M. Spangler

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