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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 29, 2015

2016 Headset Roundup

Making sense out of the array of aviation headsets available today

2016 Headset RoundupAccording to studies by the FAA, hearing is second only to vision as a sensory mechanism to obtain critical information during the operation of an aircraft.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Engine Analyzers: Information Is Power

Today’s best engine monitors keep your engine healthy, efficient and safe

Engine Analyzers: Information Is PowerEngine analyzers and monitors have changed how we operate our general aviation (GA) aircraft.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Flight Bag Buyer’s Guide: Style & Function

More than just a map case, flight bags have reached new levels of design and technology

Flight Bag Buyer’s Guide: Style & FunctionI love flight bags. They're one of the few things we use as pilots that lend us some flair of individuality.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Headset Buyer’s Guide 2015

What you need to know to select and buy the right headset

Headset Buyer’s Guide 2015The first serious purchase a pilot makes while learning to fly is a headset. Of all the equipment used in aviation, the lowly headset is the most used item.
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.