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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

March 2011 Readback


More Piper Seminoles For ATP



March 2011 ReadbackAircraft has sold six Piper Seminole multi-engine aircraft to Airline Transport Professionals (ATP), for airline pilot training.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sporty’s 50 Years On The Pulse Of GA


A look at our collective pilot philosophy through the gear we buy and why



Sporty’s 50 Years On The Pulse Of GAI’m meandering along a quiet perimeter road at Clermont County Airport near Batavia, Ohio, on a frigid morning.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Aviation Handhelds


Buyer’s guide to the latest high-tech handheld devices



Aviation HandheldsNot long ago, handheld devices for in-cockpit use broke down into neat categories: GPS moving-map units kept pilots from getting lost.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Headsets: The Critical Component


Defining your mission is the key to finding the right headset



Headsets: The Critical ComponentOn a recent cross-country on a busy day in the skies above California, I got a firsthand look into the importance of a good headset, and how a headset that’s good in one airplane might be completely wrong in another.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Flight Bag Is A Pilot's Best Friend


Modern design and computer engineering have transformed the humble flight bag into a cockpit necessity



The Flight Bag Is A Pilot's Best FriendAh, the flight bag. What, in the air-mail days, was a lowly canvas sack into which was stuffed a bedraggled map, a candy bar and a dime for a phone call if the weather got bad has become a cockpit staple.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Flight Guide iEFB


An iPad app that will radically change your cross-country flights



Flight Guide iEFBSince our review of the Flight Guide iEFB in “Top 20 iPad Apps” [September 2010], we have taken a much closer look at this iPad app.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Evolution Of Navigation


Flying from A to Z is no longer as simple as it used to be. It’s simpler.



The Evolution Of NavigationFor better or worse, I learned to fly in the days when there were still A-N ranges up and running, not many, but a few.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

January/February 2011 Readback


Tecnam P2006T FAA Certified!



January/February 2011 ReadbackOn November 10, the FAA certified the Tecnam P2006T, a four-seat piston twin aircraft.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

2010 Grab Bag


Our picks for the most impressive products of the year



2010 Grab BagGet a bunch of pilots together, and the talk will eventually turn to gear. Aviators tend to be folks who embrace technology, or at least the technology that centers on aviation.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

December 2010




Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Advanced-Degree Autopilot


The DFC90 completes Avidyne’s integrated avionics suite with an increase in performance and safety



Advanced-Degree AutopilotWe familiarly call them “George” or “Otto.” But Avidyne’s DFC90 autopilot makes a strong case for being called “Doctor” George or “Professor” Otto.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

December 2010 Readback


LSA Fly-In To The Bahamas



December 2010 ReadbackLight-sport aircraft pilots refusing to tolerate winter flying doldrums have a perfect outing: the first-ever LSA Fly-In to the Bahamas on December 10-12.
Thursday, October 7, 2010

Adventure Pilot iFly 700


Handheld, sectional-chart, moving-map GPS



Adventure Pilot iFly 700Imagine this: You’ve just launched on a trip to Las Vegas and have a magic sectional chart taped to your panel.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hearing Loss: Could It Happen to You?


The right headset and a little knowledge can save your hearing



Hearing Loss: Could It Happen to You?A 2008 study by hearing expert Sergei Kochkin found that 35 million Americans have permanent hearing impairment.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

November 2010 Readback


Fly A Warbird



November 2010 ReadbackThe Pacific Prowler, a Texas-based nonprofit organization, is looking for GA pilots who can fly the group’s North American B-25 Mitchell bomber and a C-47 Gooney.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

11 Best New Products


Innovation continues to drive GA’s heart and soul



11 Best New ProductsThe heart and soul of civilization, if you buy the exhaustively researched conclusions in Matt Ridley’s top-selling book The Rational Optimist, has been trade between the world’s people, from the very beginnings of humankind’s first yearning to explore and occupy the far horizons of planet Earth.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

October 2010 Readback


Sport Pilots In The Bahamas!



October 2010 ReadbackThe Bahamas has changed its rules to allow U.S.-based sport pilots to operate in its airspace.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Anywhere Map Quadra


A trendsetter in portable navigators



Anywhere Map QuadraAt first glance there’s not much to the new Anywhere Map Quadra, but therein lies its considerable charm.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Jeppesen VFR+GPS Charts


An alternative to sectional charts



Jeppesen VFR+GPS ChartsSince 1930, the standard paper navigation chart for VFR pilots has been the venerable sectional, originally produced by the Coast and Geodetic Survey, whose aviation department has since become the FAA’s National Aeronautical Chart Office (NACO). NACO sectional charts are widely available, and provide key data on terrain, airspace, navigational aids, etc. We all learn to use them in primary flight training.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

September 2010 Readback


More Pounds For Terrafugia



September 2010 ReadbackTerrafugia has received an exemption from the FAA to grant the Transition LSA an additional 110 pounds, allowing for a maximum takeoff weight of 1,430 pounds.