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Pilot Supplies

Overwhelmed by the selection of pilot and aviation supplies on the market? Trust the reviews below for to find the best general aviation products on the market.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Headsets Buyer's Guide 2014: Smaller, Lighter And More Affordable


Pilots demand better comfort and affordability in headsets as the market expands further



Headsets Buyer's Guide 2014: Smaller, Lighter And More AffordablePilots may not realize it, but aside from the instruments, the most utilized cockpit item is the headset.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

There’s More To Oil Than You Think!


Taking care of your engine with aviation lubricants



There’s More To Oil Than You Think!If you own an airplane, using the right oil and knowing when change it are some of the most significant things you can do to keep an engine running to (or beyond) the manufacturer's recommended TBO.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fly-In With A Purpose


Started as a small aircraft-parts store in Fullerton, Calif., Aircraft Spruce now thrives in three locations



Fly-In With A PurposeIt was called the Aircraft Spruce Annual West Coast Super Sale and Fly-In, and it was definitely a different kind of marketing event.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

ADS-B Buyers' Guide


Today’s solutions for tomorrow’s mandate



ADS-B Buyers' GuideBy 2020, aircraft operating in airspace currently requiring a transponder must be equipped with a certified Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out transmitter, a key component of the FAA's NextGen Air Transportation System.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Garmin’s GDL-39 ADS-B Receiver


ADS-B for under $1,000



Garmin’s GDL-39 ADS-B ReceiverOne of the truly outstanding benefits of shows such as Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla., and AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., is that pilots have the opportunity to examine and often get some hands-on experience with many of the latest technologies in avionics.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Aviation Apps


With the iPad so ideally suited to aviation, we examine today’s top apps



Aviation AppsIt's hard to believe that the iPad was introduced just in 2010. With an estimated 60 million iPads sold since Apple introduced it two years ago, no other device in history has influenced our world the way this clean little tablet computer has.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Headsets On Parade


Newer colors, better performance and more upgrade options lead the headset pack



Headsets On ParadeIt's ironic that even in a multimillion-dollar aircraft, the ultimate cockpit situational awareness comes through a pair of headsets that can be anything from an $80 pair of eBay budget buys to $1,100 ANR big-namers.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Best Of Books And Training Kits


New editions of aviation classics, high-tech study kits and aviation technology books to fill out your aviation library



The Best Of Books And Training KitsOnce upon a time in aviation, studying for the written and practical exams was anything but easy or convenient. Most likely, you'd sign up for ground school
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

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

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

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, 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, 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 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, 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 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

20 New iPad Apps!


Turn your iPad into the ultimate cockpit resource



20 New iPad Apps!The iPad is slick, dazzling and infinitely upgradeable, with over 100,000 applications in Apple’s App Store.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

10 Top Products


The flying/buying season is in full swing: Hop on board!



10 Top ProductsYear in, year out, up economy or down economy, enterprising aviation entrepreneurs always find new and exciting ways to get our juices flowing and our checking accounts draining.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Top 12 Tech


With aviation and technology merged forever, we take a look at what’s coming to a cockpit near you



Top 12 TechSo much has changed in aviation in the last 15 years. Never mind the fact that LSA and the sport pilot category have instigated innovation rivaled only by the “golden age” of aviation in the ’40s.