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Greetings and Happy New Year!

And just like that, 2022 is at our six. It was a year that seemed to be defined as "after COVID," but was still filled with significant challenges. I don't believe I've ever heard the term "supply chain" used as much or as broadly as I did in 2022. Just a walk through the grocery store will show you how fragile that supply chain is when you see completely empty sections of shelves. Who would have thought there'd be a run-on peanut butter and sliced cheese?

Tying it back to our passion for aviation, avionics are in short supply. Many OEMs are still struggling with microchip availability and have either stopped taking new orders, or they are not promising delivery dates. Furthering the struggle, qualified avionics technicians are in high demand and many shops are unable to find help. Adding fuel to the fire, the glass panel revolution seems to have taken hold firmly and many owners are clamoring for the limited shop time available for upgrades. Economists call it supply and demand. I just call it demand.

If the past couple of years has taught me anything, it's patience. No toilet paper on the shelves? Just be patient. Gas over $4.00 a gallon? Just be patient. Can't buy a car because the lots are empty? Just be patient. For my family, 2022 was a year that brought in this patience and introduced more long-term planning. Use the waiting periods as a time to better plan a panel upgrade that will meet the majority of your flight missions. When buying a plane, you may be forced to dig a little deeper into the privately-advertised ones at local airports rather than using traditional search engines.

We don't know what 2023 will bring, but I'm personally looking forward to it. With one daughter going off to college and another beginning to drive, this year will be full of challenges on its own, but I'll continue to be patient. And I'll continue to apply that patience towards my flying passion. I hope you'll do the same.

 

Blue Skies,

Brian

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