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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

November 2009




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

October 2009




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.
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.