Of course I never really thought I would get this, but then I got a look at it and I realized that this was one heck of a project. Me and three other guys were interested in it and we were all joking about how much money and time a man could sink into this thing. One guy was saying that he would have to find a place with a train horn for sale and I looked at it and realized that some guy had ripped off the horns. You could see where they had been. Of course the likelihood is that they cannibalized this fire trucks for parts after it was out of use. It has apparently been sitting in the corner of the county garage for close to three decades. Read all »
Blue Sky Avionics is a company located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This company specializes in bringing low cost aviation products that are modern for today’s consumers. The products carried by this company are specifically for those that engage in paragliding, hang gliding, hot air ballooning, sailplanes, ultralight and experimental aircraft.
Blue Sky Avionics is the manufacturer of all Ball Variometer products. It is also an Federal Aviation Administration certified repair station and an official source for repair and calibration of all BALL products. Items that need restoration or repair are returned to service within 48 hours. As an innovative company, Blue Sky Avionics also works on custom engineering of new technologies with creative solutions to complex challenges.
One of the products carried that is a first in aviation communications is the Vertex Standard. This unit has combined an Air Band Transceiver, VOR Navigation, Amateur Radio 2 meter, and a NOAA Weather Receiver in a single hand-held unit that is perfect for flight communications. This unit is also submersible and contains a rechargeable battery. This is just one of the many products that Blue Sky Avionics carries for consumers.
They also provide a website which is located at www.blueskyavionics.com. Scott Christensen is the president of Blue Sky Avionics. Scott holds a LTA commercial and a single-engine-land airplane rating. He has been in the avionics field for the past 10 years and has worked in the electronic and engineering industry for the past 21 years. Scott Christensen also has been an avid hot air balloonist.
Christensen took over the company recently and stated openly, “It has always been by life long dream to be the owner of an aviation related company. The combination of my electronics experience, passion for aviation and the availability of an established product base made the timing perfect for this venture.”
As a ballooning enthusiast, I am very familiar with BALL Variometer products. They have become the world standard instrument cluster for the sport. I have used their products many times over the years and can vouch for their quality. Apparently, this quality has now been shared by the company’s newest division, Blue Sky Avionics.
Blue Sky Avionics will create avionics technologies not just for ballooning, but for all types of aviation. This will come as a great surprise for my ballooning friends that also love to fly. In fact, many of them will likely use Blue Sky’s products when they take to the sky.
When you take to the sky in a hot air balloon, you have to make sure that everything is just right. One false move can result in an absolute catastrophe. Read all »