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Final judgment is in on ACR’s lawsuit against DME and its design consultants alleging that they misappropriated ACR trade secrets and documents and incorporated them into DME’s SATRO PLB. In a Stipulated Judgment and Permanent Injunction issued on January 15, 2013, DME lost big time. For background: Click Here for the original article about the [...]
Author: dritter
Posted: January 23, 2013, 3:23 pm
The past few weeks have seen a significant uptick in emails to me expressing concern about possible rioting as a result of the upcoming election, asking what the writer should do to protect themselves (a subject also being discussed on a number of online forums). If anything is a sad commentary on the current [...]
Author: dritter
Posted: October 23, 2012, 2:58 am
NOTE: DME has withdrawn the SATRO PLB from the market. Click here for the final judgement in this lawsuit. I have been getting a number of inquires about Astronics DME Corporation’s SATRO PLB-110 “world’s smallest and lightest” PLB that we first wrote about back in December of last year (2011). Besides being small, one [...]
Author: dritter
Posted: October 15, 2012, 6:11 pm
Updated December 3, 2014: BriarTek’s patent claims relating to 2-way Satellite Emergency Notification Devices (SENDs) have been invalidated in a federal court ruling that granted summary judgement to Delorme. While the ruling makes interesting reading, if you are so inclined (Click here for links to the ruling download or viewing), the bottom line from [...]
Author: dritter
Posted: September 6, 2012, 11:10 pm
Call me persistent, call me stubborn, call me crazy–what started as a small test and evaluation of aviation life rafts nearly 20 years ago for The Aviation Consumer has finally resulted in a new and vastly improved SAE Aerospace Standard for aviation life rafts, AS1356. This new standard addresses many of the serious deficiencies that [...]
Author: dritter
Posted: July 28, 2012, 10:44 pm
I don’t care if you have been naughty or nice, ‘tis the season for me to make a list of everything from stocking stuffers to ultimate gifts that would make anyone who enjoys the outdoors smile. I know, you are thinking this is just about me and my Doug Ritter Gear, but read on; there is [...]
Author: dritter
Posted: December 10, 2011, 11:30 pm
(Click images for higher resolution photos) NOTE: DME has withdrawn this PLB from the market. Click here for the full story about why you cannot buy this PLB A new entrant in the PLB wars is claiming to be the world’s smallest and lightest Personal Locator Beacon, eclipsing the current record holder in this regard, the [...]
Author: dritter
Posted: December 9, 2011, 5:26 pm
Press Release below. I admit to having mixed feelings about this. Winslow (my top recommended life raft manufacturer) was going to be sold, that was never a question since it was bought by vulture capitalists, and a sale to someone has been in the works for some time now. The good news, [...]
Author: dritter
Posted: October 3, 2011, 4:50 pm
Delorme has announced their long-awaited two-way satellite messaging device, the inReach. Unlike Delorme’s first SEND, which was a SPOT product that utilizes the Globalstar satellite system one-way messaging capability, inReach works on the Iridium system that provides full two-way communication, with obvious benefits. The interface with the device can be through a DeLorme Earthmate [...]
Author: dritter
Posted: June 7, 2011, 12:54 pm
Three years ago at the RTCM Annual Meeting I made a controversial presentation titled, “What Price Your Life? Distress Alerting as a Commercial Service” You can read about that and review the presentation at: This presentation resulted in an invitation to give the presentation at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. I was [...]
Author: dritter
Posted: May 19, 2011, 2:32 am

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