Garmin inReach Explorer You can stay in touch no matter where you travel with the Garmin inReach Explorer ($449.99). Making use of the Iridium satellite constellation, it offers two-way text messaging, location sharing and interactive emergency assistance anywhere on the globe. The Explorer’s built-in GPS provides on-map guidance and allows you to create waypoints, mark more »
Smart Anchor Tie-Down Kit Securing a plane off the tarmac can be a bit of a hassle without the right equipment. At just 8 pounds, the Smart Anchor Tie Down Kit ($79.95) provides a lightweight, easily portable solution. The three-pin anchoring system and unique swivel design enable the user to set tie-down points either vertically more »
Here’s why it’s a revolutionary, not evolutionary, headset
One thing good about having an older airplane with a big engine is that its noisy cockpit is a great laboratory for trying out headsets. I went flying the past couple of days expressly to try out the new Lightspeed Zulu 3 active noise canceling headset, introduced just last month. I was expecting a good more »
Sandia SAI 340 Quattro Plus The SAI 340 Quattro Plus ($3,595) is an upgrade on Sandia’s SAI 340 Quattro. With the FAA recently granting TSO authorization for (i)VSI—instantaneous Vertical Speed—the SAI 340 Quattro Plus gives nearly immediate vertical speed indications in both digital and tape formats. The SAI 340 is a stand-alone attitude indicator. In more »
From cutting-edge technology to great bargains - headsets for 2017
The state of the art in headsets has advanced tremendously since many of us started flying, thanks to the work of longtime and startup headset makers, some of whom got their start in fields other than aviation and others who have been on pilots’ heads forever. These days, the leading headsets feature active noise cancellation more »
By 2020, aircraft operating in airspace currently requiring a transponder must be equipped with a certified Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out transmitter, a key component of the FAA’s NextGen Air Transportation System.
One of the truly outstanding benefits of shows such as Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, Fla., and AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., is that pilots have the opportunity to examine and often get some hands-on experience with many of the latest technologies in avionics.
With the iPad so ideally suited to aviation, we examine today’s top apps
It’s hard to believe that the iPad was introduced just in 2010. With an estimated 60 million iPads sold since Apple introduced it two years ago, no other device in history has influenced our world the way this clean little tablet computer has.
Newer colors, better performance and more upgrade options lead the headset pack
It’s ironic that even in a multimillion-dollar aircraft, the ultimate cockpit situational awareness comes through a pair of headsets that can be anything from an $80 pair of eBay budget buys to $1,100 ANR big-namers.