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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Qref Books & Checklists


Quick reference for your GPS



Qref Books & ChecklistsFor most general aviation pilots today, a GPS is standard equipment, whether it’s in the panel, on a yoke mount or in a flight bag as a backup device.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009

September 2009 Readback




September 2009 ReadbackTour Aviation Chile guides pilots on self-fly tours in Cessna 172s and 182s throughout the scenic South American country.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Honeywell’s KFD 840


A cool new six-pack in a box



Honeywell’s KFD 840Eight pounds. Doesn’t sound like much. But aviators understand the significance of weight—particularly decreasing it.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Jul-Aug 2009 On The Radar




radarA new program that opens up co-ownership opportunities for the TBM 850 has been launched by Daher-Socata.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009

VirtualHUD


Low-cost HUD–coming to a propeller near you



VirtualHUDWilliam Steele was working on developing a low-cost HUD (Heads Up Display) product when a eureka moment transpired
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

August 2009 Readback




August 2009 ReadbackNicolas Ivanoff of France won the second stop of the 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Championship (in San Diego, Calif.) on May 10, narrowing the distance between him and race championship leader Hannes Arch, who placed third after a bird strike cost him back-to-back wins.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

July 2009 Readback


First Wolfpitts Pro!



readbackSteve Wolf’s latest creation flies! Wyche T. Coleman III, of Shreveport, La., has taken delivery of the first Wolfpitts Pro, which he intends to fly in aerobatic contests and air shows.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

June 2009 Readback


The Transition’s First Flight!



readbackThe Terrafugia Transition proof-of-concept roadable aircraft successfully completed its first flight at Plattsburgh International Airport in Plattsburgh, N.Y., on March 5. The Transition took off from runway 17; after 37 seconds, it landed and taxied to a full stop.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Avidyne Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck


The next-gen glass cockpit arrives



tech talkFor all their dazzling screen displays and computational wizardry, glass cockpits can be complex to learn and challenging to operate. Avidyne, which introduced the glass cockpit to general aviation in 2003, aims to change all that with its Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck, which is now nearing FAA certification.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Screen Gem


Avidyne’s new Entegra makes glass perfectly clear



screen gemA flight down Florida’s east coast is replete with tropical playground panoramas, but the million-dollar view isn’t enough at the moment to pry my eyes from the dual IFDs (Integrated Flight Displays) of Avidyne’s new Entegra Release 9, installed in the company’s Cirrus SR22.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The New Peltor 9500 Digital Headset


Peltor’s new headset aims for the cockpit



The New Peltor 9500 Digital HeadsetHeadsets are funny things. Even though there are scores of them on the market and their job is essentially the same, each headset has its own “personality” and unique feel. Among professional headsets, I’ve found that the “right” one is different for each individual wearer and is a matter of personal preference. It was with that fact in mind that I opened the package containing the brand-new Peltor ANR 9500 digital headset.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

May 2009 Readback


Embraer Phenom 100 Certified Delivered



readbackUnrestricted U.S. FAA certification of Embraer’s smallest jet, the Phenom 100, was awarded in December 2008, and the first delivery was made to James and Elizabeth Frost on December 24 in São José dos Campos, Brazil. “Surprises” in the final certified operating specs were an improved range (1,178 nm with four aboard), shortened max performance field requirements (now 3,125 feet at MTOW under standard conditions) and a 301-foot improvement in landing distance, among others. EASA certification is expected in Q2 2009, with European deliveries to begin shortly after. Visit www.embraer.com.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Honeywell Bendix/King AV8OR


GPS and weather in your hands



Honeywell Bendix/King AV8ORBy now, almost every pilot has had some experience with a portable GPS unit, and the AV8OR does everything that you’ve come to expect from these devices, and more. Bendix/King’s new MFD integrates GPS, navigation database, graphical terrain and XM weather into a single portable device. The affordable unit’s list price is $799, and the XM WxWorx weather receiver add-on is available for an additional $523 (though, through the end of 2009, the AV8OR includes a $200 rebate coupon for the receiver). The AV8OR has a beautiful, bright 4.3-inch diagonal display with 480x272-pixel resolution. The touch-screen interface is easy to use and provides excellent tap and double-tap access to information.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

April 2009 Readback


Surfing The Skies!



readbackOn January 25, the extreme worlds of aerobatics and surfing were united in the skies over the break at Morro Bay, Calif. Kevin Eldredge, owner of SLO Air, the exclusive distributor of the new Sbach 300 and 342 Xtreme aerobatic aircraft from Germany, flew loops, rolls and hammerheads with world-class surfers Chris Ward and Gavin Sutherland. Also participating was Tutima Academy, going inverted with Ben Freelove in a Pitts S-2B. The first-of-its-kind event was sponsored by VedaloHD Performance Sunglasses, Azhiaziam American Aerial Wear and S.O. Productions to commemorate the launch of the new WardoHD signature line of sunglasses.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Garmin 696: A Giant Leap Ahead


In a remarkable paradigm shift from past portable GPS devices, Garmin produces a larger knee-pad version with new talents



garminIf you hadn’t noticed, the Garmin 696 is bigger. Anyone who has seen the advertising for Garmin’s new world-beater 696 GPS navigation unit knows it’s a definite departure from Garmin’s traditional philosophy of thinking small. Garmin entered the market back in 1989 by producing a small, high-quality, portable GPS unit; but the new system’s most obvious talent is simply its size. (In fact, the 696 isn’t the first larger-format Garmin portable GPS.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

JH Audio Aerous VX-Series Headsets


In-the-ear sound for audiophile aviators



tech talkFor most pilots, aviation headsets are a necessary evil. They protect your hearing from long-term damage due to engine noise and make it easier to hear passengers, other pilots and ATC on the radio. But most do so by clamping down hard over your ears to block out sound; if worn for more than a few hours, they can give you a headache. I started with the generic passive headsets sold at my flight school, and when I started making long cross-country flights (up to 10 hours in a day), I upgraded to somewhat lighter and more comfortable automatic noise reduction (ANR) models. With those, the clamping pressure is less, the background noise is cut down, and it takes longer for me to get a headache—but I still get it.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

March 2009 Readback


A Diamond In The Rough



readbackIn spite of the difficult economy, Diamond Aircraft has announced large new orders. Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation & Technology has added nine new Diamond DA20-C1 aircraft to its flight-training department. Parks College, founded in 1927, was the first certified school of aviation in the United States.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Headset How-To


Today, aviation headsets sport more features than ever before. Use this guide to navigate your way through the headset jungle.



headsetAsk any two pilots what the best headset is and you’ll get two distinct answers, each with solid claims to back it up. There are scores of headsets on the market, and the different features of each model make choosing the correct headset a quagmire of myth, hearsay and fact.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Choosing Your Handheld


What to consider before you purchase a GPS, EFB or NAV/COM



handheldPilots today are increasingly dependent on electronic navigation and communication equipment: GPS for navigation, satellite radio for weather avoidance and VHF for voice communications (since September 11, no pilot can seriously think about flying in controlled airspace without one).
Tuesday, December 2, 2008

January/February 2009 Readback


Hannes Arch: 2008 Red Bull Champ!



read backPaul Bonhomme of Britain scored a victory in the final race of the Red Bull Air Race World Series in Perth, Australia, on November 2, 2008, but Hannes Arch of Austria was crowned 2008 World Champion after finishing third.