You know, it would be so easy to jump on the “let’s dump on 2020” bandwagon, between the political kerfuffle and COVID-19 – which my wife and I both had. We’re fine now, thank you – poor ‘ol 2020 can’t get a break. So, let’s give it one.

I’d instead like to end the year remembering what went right. (Okay, so not a lot, but work with me here.) While we were not able to attend any of the major aviation shows, I did have the opportunity to work with a lot of really great people who visited our facility here in Lakeland, as well as on the phone and on the web.

Being an old-school handshake closes the deal kinda’ guy, I’m still not a big fan of the “zoom” chats, but what can I do? I think someone should invent a virtual handshake app.

Anyway, all-in-all, from a business and professional standpoint, 2020 wasn’t the worst year on record – not by a longshot. Our installation shop has remained pretty busy. For our customers anyway, between the COVID quarantine and the introduction of some cool new avionics, like Garmin’s GI 275 multifunction electronic instruments, they’ve been making the most of the mandated downtime and going ahead with their panel upgrades.

So, what will the New Year bring? Well, last year, at this time, the ADS-B Out mandate had all of our attention. And just to show you how much aircraft owners pay attention to deadlines, we’re still doing ADS-B installations today. I’m just sayin.’

Anyway, what does 2021 have up its sleeve for us? I’m pretty sure that no one has any clue at all. But, for me, I’m hoping and praying that it’s a lot more like 2019.

Until next time, fly safely and have fun,

Matt

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