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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Spot Satellite GPS Messenger


The next-generation tracker arrives



Spot Satellite GPS MessengerOn long cross-country flights, I always bring my Spot Personal Tracker along.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

March 2010 Readback




March 2010 ReadbackIn April 2009, Italian aircraft manufacturer Tecnam unveiled its P2008 high-wing LSA, which combines an advanced carbon-fiber fuselage with a metal wing and stabilator.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

March 2010




Tuesday, December 1, 2009

AV8OR Ace


With its touch-screen interface and loads of new features, the AV8OR Ace is a winner



AV8OR AceWe’ve reached the point in aviation GPS technology where we’re no longer comparing “bad” units to “good” ones. Instead, we examine a unit’s overall look and feel (i.e., its quirks, nuances and exclusive features) to see if it fits our specific needs—the quality of the unit is a given.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

January/February 2010 Readback




January/February 2010 ReadbackBritain’s Paul Bonhomme won the 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Championship on October 4 in Barcelona, holding off defending champion Hannes Arch of Austria.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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Monday, October 26, 2009

FlightPrep ChartBook


A digital replacement for most cockpit paper (but keep your clearance pad!)



FlightPrep ChartBookOver the years, we’ve reviewed quite a few electronic flight bags (EFBs) and other devices that have claimed to eliminate paper from the cockpit.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

December 2009 Readback




December 2009 ReadbackThe EAA has announced that Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, known for their emergency landing in the Hudson River, are the new co-chairmen of the EAA Young Eagles.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The LSA Glass Menagerie


Start Christmas shopping now: There are tons of glass to choose from!



The LSA Glass MenagerieOnce upon a time, intrepid pilots rapped with their oil-stained, gloved knuckles on balky steam gauges; needles quivered unstuck, and all was right across the skies.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

PilotPlates & Reader Plates


Approach plates meet electronic books



PilotPlates & Reader PlatesTen years ago, I started off on my first really long cross-country trip: a two-week flying vacation from my home base in Modesto, Calif., to Parkersburg, W.V. I literally started out with a suitcase full of charts, including approach plates for the entire route.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Best Handheld Products!


Your guide to the newest portable gear



Best Handheld Products!Like many pilots, I carry a little insurance against the possibility of an alternator failure. I have a portable GPS on my Skylane’s yoke, a handheld VHF NAV/COM in a seat-back pocket and a cell phone where I can reach it.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

November 2009 Readback




November 2009 ReadbackA Mooney Acclaim M20TN took first prize in Category C of the Ultimate Challenge Air Race, held August 15 in South Africa.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sept-Oct 2009 On The Radar




Sept-Oct 2009 On The RadarAvidyne’s Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck has been selected by Lancair International of Redmond, Ore., as an option for the Lancair Evolution aircraft.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Gear Up With BrightLine Bags


Stay organized in and out of the cockpit



Gear Up With BrightLine BagsIf you took one look at my airport car, you’d probably conclude that I’m not the most organized person in the world.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

21st-Century Technology For Every Cockpit!


A panel-mount buyer’s guide for all pilots



21st-Century Technology For Every Cockpit!The world of panel-mount avionics has changed almost beyond recognition in the past 10 years, with glass panels and digital displays rapidly taking over from the “steam gauges” of the 20th century.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

October 2009 Readback




October 2009 ReadbackDiamond Aircraft has received FAA certification for its Austro Engine AE300. The jet-fuel-burning, 170 hp, turbodiesel piston engine offers single-lever thrust control and electronic engine management.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Beyerdynamic HS 600 DANR Headset


Advanced noise reduction from Germany



Beyerdynamic HS 600 DANR HeadsetThere still are a few older pilots who fly without headsets—and most have hearing damage as a direct result.
Monday, August 24, 2009

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Headset Guide: Technology Still Rules


New developments in sound technology



Headset Guide: Technology Still RulesWhen I came back to aviation after a 20-year absence, one of the biggest changes was headsets.