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.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Engine Analyzers: Information Is Power
Today’s best engine monitors keep your engine healthy, efficient and safe
Engine 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
I 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
The 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
Pilots 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
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
It 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
By 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
One 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
With the iPad so ideally suited to aviation, we examine today’s top apps
It'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
It'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
Once 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
I’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
Ah, 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
On 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
Buyer’s guide to the latest high-tech handheld devices
Not 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
Get 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
The DFC90 completes Avidyne’s integrated avionics suite with an increase in performance and safety
We 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
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
The 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
Since 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.