The brand-new service options for light plane owners
At AirVenture, Sporty’s provided new details of its recently announced “roadside” assistance program. The new plan, called the Breakdown Assistance Program, is designed to give pilots the kind of concierge assistance they need when mechanical things go “bump” when away from home. When you’re a new pilot, you depend on the community to help you make more »
Jeppesen approach charts are widely recognized as the gold standard the world around. Now pilots can get them for no extra charge as part of their Garmin Pilot subscription.
One of the remarkable things about the growth of aviation apps these past several years is the emergence of several not good but great apps that keep on adding features, capabilities and user-friendly interface functions, and Garmin Pilot, while not the top-selling app, is without question one of the best—ForeFlight Mobile remains the runaway industry more »
Don’t tell these pilots having fun that they’re training.
The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center is, after four or five years, depending on how you do the math, still in its infancy, but this year’s incarnation is enjoying staggering success, which we figure based on the numbers of pilots being reached and, anecdotally, by the smiles on their faces as they head out from the more »
It’s been a very good year for AOPA, so when it came time for Editor-in-Chief Robert Goyer to renew his AOPA membership, he asked if a very special AOPA employee would do the honors.
That “employee,” as you probably guessed, was none other than AOPA leader, Mark Baker, who this year oversaw the organization’s work at the nail-biting but ultimately successful passage of FAA Medical Reform as part of the FAA’s Reauthorization Bill. The organization also played an important role in the successful adoption of the new Airman Certification more »
The TBM 900 and 930 lines are offering a new privacy area with some very cool features.
Where do you go for innovation when you’ve already built one of the most capable single-engine turboprop aircraft—as well as the fastest, at 330 knots? You go where you gotta go, to put it discreetly. As any light aircraft passenger knows, a leading source of discomfort is lack of viable lavatories. At best, there’s a more »
The company goes outside the black box on displays with the introduction of its IFD app for iOS, which replicates the display of the company’s IFD 550 hybrid multifunction display.
With the lines in the panels of light aircraft blurring between off-the-shelf products like tablets, traditional FAA-certificated panel-mount hardware and Experimental-to-Certificated products like Garmin’s newly announced G5 attitude indicator, Avidyne has blurred them even more with the introduction of its IFD app for iOS, which replicates the display of the company’s IFD550 hybrid multifunction display. more »
At a pre-AirVenture Sunday press conference Garmin International unveiled a new, low-cost ($2,100) attitude indicator instrument, dubbed the G5, which it says will also be very low cost to install. What’s the magic behind this new piece of budget avionics?
The secret, as you might have already guessed, is that Garmin developed the G5 as part of its product lineup for amateur-built aircraft. The instrument can be used to take the place of the factory-installed electromechanical instrument in hundreds of airplane models under a multiple aircraft list. Part of the magic of the G5 is more »
Add all the functionality simply by plugging in an SD card
Garmin has made the dream of upgrading your avionics by plugging a single memory card into your panel a reality, at least for some owners. The company has announced a new product, the Flight Stream 510, an SD card that plugs into the front slot on a GTN 750 or GTN 650 and turns the more »
The leading app grows in power, usefulness and appeal
Probably, like many of you, I’ve been trying out ForeFlight Mobile’s latest feature, one called as simply as could be, Logbook. The feature, available at no extra cost with most of ForeFlight Mobile’s products, automates logging, and allows manual logging to be done faster, more accurately and more enjoyably, too. You probably know that ForeFlight is more »
The around-the-world journey will see six aircraft touching down in nine countries and 20 cities in 21 days, covering 15,000 nm in 50 flight hours.
Epic Aircraft is in the midst of its inaugural Epic Odyssey World Tour. A 26-person team of Epic owners, Epic Aircraft staff, professional pilots, guests and professional photographers arrived in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 6, as the launching-off point of the trip. The fleet has already visited the Czech Republic, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, England more »
TOWING THE LINE Get an extra 33 inches of extension with the Quick-Fold Compact Towbar ($69). Newly patented with light GA pilots in mind, the QFC-Towbar™ allows you to avoid backbreaking, bend-over towing. Attach it to your already existing Cessna tow bar and stand up straight—and away from under the propeller. The unique compact design more »
With more than a half million people and 10,000 airplanes showing up for the festivities over the course of a summer week, AirVenture Oshkosh is the biggest airshow, fly-in and aviation celebration in the world.
Here are a few tips on scheduled events at Oshkosh 2016 that are worth the wait. Mass Arrivals! Each year, hundreds of aviators and aircraft from around the world make their way to AirVenture, creating their own communities along the flightline. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind experience. Participation is open only to members of the authorized more »
The FAA certificate authorizes Honda Aircraft to produce, flight test and issue airworthiness certificates for the HondaJet for customer deliveries.
Honda Aircraft Company has earned a Production Certificate from the FAA for its HA-420 HondaJet, an advanced light jet. The company has been steadily ramping up production at its Greensboro, North Carolina, headquarters/production facility since receiving FAA type certification last year. Plane & Pilot visited the HondaJet factory in March 2016, and there were 20 more »
The world’s biggest and best airshow is just around the corner. Here are some GREAT things to do there.
With AirVenture Oshkosh just around the corner, we lay out of the best things to do at the show. Look for Part Deux next week! 1. Pull Some Rivets. Learn just about every skill you need to build a plane. The daily hands-on workshops are included with admission, and no reservations are required. 2. Gawk more »
Appareo’s new panel-mounted 1090 ES transponder has been given the green light by the FAA for TSO installation. The unit is compliant with the FAA’s 2020 mandate for ADS-B.
The 1090 ES transponder provides ADS-B Out and built-in WAAS GPS. With the included GPS antenna, the Stratus ESG goes for the very competitive price of $2,995, not including installation. The transponder is now available in two options—the Stratus ESG and Stratus ESGi ($3,495 MSRP). The ESGi kit includes the certified transponder and a non-certified more »
In a technology milestone, the Siemens motor powered an Extra 330LE, with a 260-kilowatt power output, a significant advance in the development of hybrid-electric aircraft.
Researchers at Siemens have developed a new type of electric motor that delivers a continuous output of about 260 kilowatts—five times more than comparable drive systems. Weighing just 110 pounds, the propulsion system completed its first public flight at Schwarze-Heide Airport near Dinslaken, Germany, where it powered an Extra 330LE aerobatic plane—in near silence. According more »
Finally, we might have gotten to the price point that we need to get to for everyone to be able to equip with the FAA-mandated ADS-B gear.
NavWorx recently announced that it has cut the price of its already affordable ADS600-B (catchy name, we know) box by $200, so it’s now going for $1,799. Couple that with the FAA’s $500 rebate, and you’ve got yourself a $1,300 ADS-B solution. The ADS600-B comes as an ADS-B Out box only; that’s all the FAA more »
PILOT POV The lightweight 360fly camera ($399.99) makes it simple to share your unique view of the world from the cockpit—you can wear it or mount it to just about anything—providing an immersive 360º HD video of your flight. With WiFi, a Bluetooth interface and included 360fly app (download required), you can edit content, instantly more »