Plane & Pilot
Saturday, January 1, 2005

Aviation’s Top Websites


In slightly more than a decade, the World Wide Web has gone from being a mere novelty to one of the most important tools available. Now, with a click of the mouse, pilots can access live weather, plan flights with previously unheard-of flexibilities, check fuel prices, find aircraft values, search databases, take virtual tours of museums and study volumes of hard-to-access aviation product information. In the proceeding pages, Plane & Pilot has assembled the best online sites for pilots who are searching for excellent resources on the Internet." />


Avionics
Avidyne Corporation:
www.avidyne.com
Makers of the FlightMax all-glass panel.

Honeywell Bendix/King Avionics:
www3.bendixking.com
Now a part of the Honeywell family, Bendix/King’s avionics include communication and navigation, flight-information services, flight controls, weather radar, Integrated Hazard Avoidance Systems (IHAS) and multi-function displays for the general-aviation, experimental and light business aviation communities.

Chelton Flight Systems:
www.cheltonflightsystems.com
Singular makers of true “highway in the sky” technology.

Garmin:
www.garmin.com/aviation
This is the online home of Garmin’s aviation products. It offers free firmware updates for portable GPS receivers and database updates for $35 (one-time fee), as well as free simulators for ground-based training before using the 400- and 500-series panel-mount units in flight.

Insight: www.insightavionics.com
Makers of a variety of cockpit enhancements, including TAS and Strikefinder.

L-3 Communications: www.as.l-3com.com
Makers of high-end flat-panel avionics, situation awareness enhancement, traffic alert and collision avoidance systems, Stormscope and more.

Meggitt/S-TEC:
www.s-tec.com
It offers primary flight displays, navigation displays, engine display units, (ADAHRS) and S-TEC autopilots.

Narco Avionics:
www.narco-avionics.com
This is one of the world’s oldest general-aviation avionics manufacturer, offering nav/coms and transponders.

Ryan International Corporation:
www.ryaninternational.com
It’s one of the industry leaders for TAS, TCAD and multi-hazard displays.

Sandel Avionics: www.sandel.com
Makers of electronic HSIs, now featuring TAWS, weather and EFIS capabilities.

Eastern Avionics International:
www.avionix.com/guide.html
Yes, these guys sell radios and GPS receivers, but they also provide a valuable service with overviews and tips. The company also covers older models as well as state-of-the-art stuff. If you’re looking at old radios and trying to decide whether or not to upgrade (and to what), this site can be a big help, whether or not you buy from them!

Jeppesen Sanderson Inc.:
www.jeppesen.com
This is a key site for users of Jeppesen charts and nav data. Database updates are available online, along with subscription services and free aviation weather.





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