It's time to face facts and pay respects, tech bloggers and smartphone savants: your mobile revolution might never have been without the DIY determination and grit of America's bush pilots and GA aviators. Maybe the Nexus 4 is the most elegant mobile device ever conceived by the tony geeks of Silicon Valley. Aviation's creative brain trust should be forgiven for missing TechCrunch sonnets to Google Android; these metageeks were busy collaborating with Microsoft on cutting-edge flight simulation technology.

Or debugging NextGen aircraft surveillance.

Or maybe even working on new green technology to make America's small planes more fuel efficient.

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